LACA to host Cajun music classes, concert with David Greely

LUDINGTON — The Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA), 107 S. Harrison St. in downtown Ludington, will welcome Cajun musician David Greely on June 16 for a pair of classes and an evening concert.

Born in Baton Rouge, La., Greely learned Cajun music on dance hall stages throughout southern Louisiana, in the archives of Cajun and Creole music at the University of Louisiana, and from his apprenticeship to Cajun fiddle master and National Heritage Fellow Dewey Balfa.

As a founding member of Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Greely toured folk festivals worldwide for 23 years and was nominated for four Grammy Awards.

He received the Louisiana Artist Fellowship Award for Folklife Performance, and for six years was an adjunct instructor of Cajun fiddle and vocals at the University of Louisiana. He is the current Cajun French Music Association’s Fiddler of the Year.

Greely is known for taking the swampy syncopations of Cajun music and its renaissance French dialect to new level of artistry. In solo acoustic performance, he sounds like two fiddles, weaving accompaniment to his vocals as if it’s someone else singing.

His concerts embrace all the aspects of his heritage that a fiddle and voice can reach ancient ballads, cane-field blues, yearning waltzes and fiery two steps. He melds his ancestral legacy with his own adroit compositions and weaves it all into the story of how these people and their music came to be.

Greely teaches Cajun fiddle, lyrics and vocals to students the world over in workshops, at music camps as well as by Skype. He’s taught at the Sibelius Academy of Folk Music in Helsinki, Cecil Sharpe House in London, Augusta Heritage Center in West Virginia and Acadia Trad School in Maine among many others.

His fiddle classes subtly instill an understanding of the structure of music along with classic Cajun repertoire, and his vocal classes employ a lively and inclusive call-and-response style and a unique method of instilling a convincing Cajun French accent in his singers.

During Greely’s time at LACA he will teach a morning Cajun fiddle class from 10 a.m. to noon and an afternoon Cajun vocal class from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

There is a cost. Contact LACA at (231) 845-2787 to register for classes.

In addition to teaching classes Greely will close out the day with an evening concert at 7 p.m. in the LACA Performance Hall. Concert tickets, available for purchase in advance and at the door, those who register for both of Greely’s classes will receive free admission to the concert.

Tickets can be purchased by calling LACA at (231) 845-2787.

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Posted by Ashlyn Korienek

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