Cajun & Creole Music & Dance Weekend
March 4-6, 2022
Our 2022 weekend featured Chris Miller (accordion) and David Greely (fiddle). See below for more information on our 2022 weekend schedule and artistic staff.
Chris Miller, Accordion
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 32th 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 34 years. They have four children, three grandchildren and four grand-dogs.
David Greely, Fiddle
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.
Ellen Keane, Dance
Ellen began social dancing at a very young age by standing upon her fathers’ feet. She enjoyed attending family dances for throughout her childhood and was turned on to Cajun music and dance in the 1990s. She aims to share the beautiful Zen that can be found and enjoyed by dancing to Cajun music. Ellen is a professional dance instructor and choreographer and is the Artistic Director of Keane Sense of Rhythm Tap Dance Company.
Eric Mohring, Intermediate Fiddle
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 also be found playing mandolin and fiddle with the Café Accordion Orchestra.
Brian O’Donnell, Beginning Fiddle
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 the Cajun Strangers. 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 guitar in the Madison honky-tonk band the Dirty Shirts, and he plays fiddle and guitar with Colin in the Barley Brothers.
John Terr, Guitar
Charlie Terr, Intermediate Accordion
Charlie and John Terr have been bringing their fabulous musicianship and charm to our Cajun & Creole Weekends since the beginning. They are founders of the renowned Chicago Cajun Aces and continue to teach, play, and inspire audiences and students across the country.
John plays with the New Riverside Ramblers and will teach Cajun guitar workshops. Charlie will teach intermediate accordion workshops.
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!
Tenting is available on Folklore Village grounds for $10 per tent per night. Bunkhouses are not available at this festival.
Super 8 (608)935-3888
Deer Valley Lodge (608)924-1600
Best Western (608)935-7739
Pine Ridge Motel (608)935-3386
Quality Inn (608)987-4747
Click here for a list of lodging options in Mineral Point.