The Lenfest Center for the Arts
Cajun-Creole Music Concert
Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 8:15 p.m.
Wilson Hall/Concert Hall
No tickets are required
Cajun-Creole musicians, David Greely and Cedric Watson In concert.
Greely was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana of Cajun and Irish ancestry. He learned Cajun music on dance hall stages throughout South Louisiana, in the archives of Cajun and Creole music at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, 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, David toured Folk Festivals worldwide for 23 years and was nominated for four Grammy Awards.
Born in San Felipe, Texas, Cedric Watson grew up with rich musical surroundings that included blues, old soul, country, hip hop and Zydeco music. He made his first public appearance at the Zydeco Jam in Houston at the age of nineteen. A charismatic Cajun-Creole fiddler and accordion player, Watson has performed in seventeen countries and on seven albums. He is a prolific songwriter who channels his diverse ancestry to create his own brand of sounds.
Greely and Watson are friends of Dr. James Leva, Visiting Assistant Professor of French at Washington and Lee University and well-known local bluegrass musician. In addition to the concert, they will guest lecture in Leva’s Francophone Cultures of Canada, Louisiana and the Caribbean class as well as Dr. Gregory Parker’s Worlds of Music class thanks to funding from the Office of the Dean of The College and the Department of Music.