Dennis Magee at Sady Courville

Yesterday we learned about the orgins of Cajun music, following the Acadians from “New France” to Louisiana, where we pick up the tale. The Spanish eventually relinquished Louisiana to the French, who in 1803 sold it to Thomas Jefferson and the fledgling United States. Throughout all this nation-changing the Acadians, eventually known as the “Cajuns,” became farmers, manual laborers and pretty darned great fiddle and accordion players, fusing French-Acadian music with some Celtic infuences and letting it simmer in the bayou heat. In that context, let’s enjoy this video of Dennis McGee, who was of Irish, Cajun and Native American descent. His playing helped fuse Celtic influences into Acadian music. (The music starts at 1:35).

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