It’s one thing to be popular enough to be invited to the White House or to be inducted into the Cajun Music Hall of Fame, but to be recorded by the United State Library of Congress to celebrate the Cajun music of Louisiana to preserve the artform for generations to come, that’s pretty cool.
Beausoleil is now entering its fourth decade and it continues to be the music that makes you smile, tap your foot and make you wish you had a table of crawfish and sausage to devour as you listen to the music from French and Spanish settlers, who moved to Louisiana centuries ago.
Fiddle player, singer and founder of Beausoleil, Michael Doucet says, “There really can’t be any imposed parameters on this music,” you need to do what you want to do and what we gain from our audiences is at least as much as whatever we give to them.” Doucet opines, “It’s all about touching people and being touched by people. My two favorite venues are festivals and somebody’s kitchen!”
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet is a band of seasoned virtuosos firmly adhering to their Cajun folk roots, most often acoustically expressed, but can also include jazz-like experimentation and improvisation. Get ready to take a musical trip to the Big Easy for this one.
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