Multi-instrumentalist and singer Chris Miller has performed Louisiana French Music for over 30 years. He has traveled across the US and to Canada and abroad to perform with groups such as Louisiana’s Kingfish, Hadley Castille, Zydecane, and his current band Chris Miller and Bayou Roots. He has won numerous Cajun French Music Awards and multiple awards for Accordionist of the Year, Song of the Year, CD of the Year, Band of the Year and People’s Choice. He has been a frequent collaborator with the Lake Charles Civic Ballet and has worked to combine Louisiana’s music with classic ballet. He crafts and tailors each performance in a way that is uniquely suited to the audience at hand.
Chris Miller is in his 30th year of high school music teaching and taught and directed many award-winning music groups during his tenure. He has been twice awarded the District 5 Vocal Music Teacher of the Year and has been a Louisiana State Music Teacher of the Year Finalist. Chris has become well known on YouTube as an excellent accordion teacher and has been teaching Intermediate Cajun Accordion at Augusta Heritage Center for the last four summers. He is the choir director of St Martin de Porres Catholic church where he has incorporated the Cajun accordion into the liturgical music of the services. He resides in Lake Charles, LA with his wife of 32 years. They have four children, three grandchildren and four grand-dogs.
David 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. 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. He has received the Louisiana Artist Fellowship Award for Folklife Performance, and is an adjunct instructor of Cajun fiddle at the University of Louisiana.
David will instruct advanced Cajun fiddling workshops on Saturday and Sunday and will perform at the parties on Friday and Saturday night.
Ellen Keane has spent most of her life studying dance forms and dancing bodies. Her focus is on knowing our bodies in space and in relationship to others, the power of nonverbal communication, whether intended or not. Partnering has specific challenges that cross social dance forms. Cajun dance is her favorite form of partnering. She approaches her classes like a clinic and likes to make dancers more comfortable and confident in their ability to dance with multiple partners with success.
Eric has performed Cajun music for over 30 years. He is a nationally recognized Cajun fiddler whose fluency in French contributes to his authentic Cajun vocals. Eric has been a fiddle instructor at Cajun/Creole week at Augusta Heritage Center, and played for many years with the nationally-known Bone Tones. A versatile musician who plays a number of styles of music, he can be found playing mandolin and fiddle with the Café Accordion Orchestra and with The New Riverside Ramblers.
Brian caught the Cajun fiddle bug at the 1999 Ashokan camp in New York, and shortly afterwards started a jam session at his home which evolved into Madison’s Cajun Strangers. One of their celebrated albums was awarded the 2010 Prix DeHors de Nous from the Cajun French Music Association. Brian has traveled many times to Louisiana and has studied with Courtney Granger and Kevin Wimmer. Brian is a much sought after fiddler in Cajun music circles and he also plays old time music. In addition to the Cajun Strangers, he plays fiddle and some guitar with The Barley Brothers.
John Terr, guitar, tit fer (Cajun triangle)
Charlie Terr, intermediate accordion
Charlie and John Terr have contributed fabulous musicianship and charm to our Cajun Weekends since the beginning! They are both founders of the renowned Chicago Cajun Aces and continue to teach, play and inspire audiences and students across the country. John plays with the Terr-Douglas Quintet and the New Riverside Ramblers.
Gene Losey, beginning accordion
Gene Losey will guide beginning accordion players in basic scales, fingering and the techniques that “make it sound Cajun.” Don’t have an accordion? We may be able to find one for you to use if you inquire early!