SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Cajun fiddler David Greely will perform at 18 Village Green Way, on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m.
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. Greely has taken the swampy syncopations of Cajun music and its renaissance French dialect to a new level of sophistication without losing its urgency and texture. In solo acoustic performance, he sounds like two or three fiddles, weaving accompaniment to his vocals as if it’s someone else singing. Presenting his concerts in English or French, he embraces all the aspects of his heritage that a fiddle and voice can reach.
Greely was born in Baton Rouge of Cajun and Irish ancestry and 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. He has received the Louisiana Artist Fellowship Award for Folklife Performance and is an adjunct instructor of Cajun fiddle at the University of Louisiana.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for pre-concert etoufée and hush puppies. Tickets are $15 at the door, but reservations are strongly suggested. Email [email protected] or call Jennifer at 266-3315.
The concert is presented by the Acadia School of Traditional Music and Arts and 18 Village Green Way. Proceeds will benefit the Acadia Trad School Scholarship Fund.