The Cajuns of south Louisiana are thought to be descendants of the original French settlers of parts of the northeastern region of North America known as Arcadia. The region is now part of Canada. These Arcadians were uprooted by the British in 1755. Many of them sought refuge in Louisiana, where they mixed with people from other ethnic groups, including peoples of Spanish, German, and French origin, and, later, black Creoles, Anglos, Scotch-Irish, and Indians.
Traditional Cajun music is sung in French. Instruments commonly used in Cajun music include the accordion, fiddle, guitar, and percussive instruments such as a triangle.
Michael Doucet, fiddler, composer, and leader of the Doucet Family Band, is one of the leading musicians in the renaissance of Cajun music. He is well known both for his scholarship and his showmanship. Doucet is passionate about preserving and playing both traditional and contemporary Cajun music.
The Doucet Family Band that performs in this video segment includes Michael and Sharon Doucet and Sharon’s daughter, Melisa Doucet Maher. The group did an album for children called Le Hoogie Boogie: Louisiana French Music for Children.
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