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Encyclopedia > Michael Doucet

Michael Doucet (b. 1951) is a Cajun fiddler, singer and songwriter who founded the Cajun band Beausoleil from Lafayette, LA. The violin is a stringed musical instrument that has four strings tuned a fifth apart. ... Beausoleil (from left) David Doucet, Michael Doucet, Billy Ware, Al Tharp, Jimmy Breaux, Tommy Alesi. ... Lafayette is a city located on the Vermilion River in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana. ...

In 2005 Doucet was one of 12 recipients of the National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts. The NEA award, which recognizes artistic excellence, cultural authenticity and an artist’s contributions, is the highest honor in U.S. folk and traditional arts. Doucet received a 1998 Grammy for work with Beausoleil. The National Heritage Fellowship is a lifetime honor presented to master folk and traditional artists by the National Endowment for the Arts. ... The National Endowment for the Arts is a United States federally funded program that offers support and funding for projects that exhibit artistic excellence. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music...

He learned the banjo by age six, the guitar by his eighth year, and was researching Cajun music as a college student. In his youth he performed as part of a duo at a music festival in France. At the festival he was exposed to centuries-old French music, which he identified with the Cajun music of French Louisiana. Old 6-string zither banjo 4-string banjos The banjo is a stringed instrument of African-American origin, early or original examples sometimes being called the gourd banjo. Its name is commonly thought to be derived from the Kimbundu term mbanza. ... A guitar is a stringed musical instrument. ... Louisiana sold in 1803 by Napoléon to USA, which was a portion of the historical extent of French Louisiana Louisiana (French language: La Louisiane) was the name of an administrative district of New France in the 17th and 18th centuries. ...

In 1975, Doucet received an NEA Folk Arts Apprenticeship Grant to study Cajun fiddle styles from masters such as Varise Conner, Hector Duhon, Canray Fontenot, Lionel LeLeux, and Dennis McGee.

Doucet’s individual style incorporated elements of Western Swing, 1930’s stringband and Creole music, into traditional Cajun music. Doucet learned late 1800s and 1900s tunes passed on by McGee. He revived many the old Cajun songs that had not been recorded and whose musicians of that era were gone. Western swing, also known as Country Swing, is dance music with an up-tempo beat and a decidedly Southwestern US regional flavor. ... The term Creole is used with different meanings in different contexts, which can generate confusion. ...

In 1977, Doucet started educating public school children about Cajun music. Later as an adjunct professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, he designed and taught the first university course on Cajun music. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, also known as UL Lafayette, is located in Lafayette, Louisiana. ...

Doucet was originally a member of the mid-1970s Cajun/rock band called Coteau. During that same time some of his friends and he formed his current band, BeauSoleil, which was purer to Cajun musical tradition. He also performs with the bands Fiddler’s 4 and The Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band.

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Fiddlers 4: Darol Anger, Michael Doucet, Rushad Eggleson (733 words)
The Fiddlers 4 are Darol Anger, Michael Doucet, and Bruce Molsky.
The all-star unit features Darol, Michael Doucet, Bruce Molsky, and cello phenom Rushad Eggleston.
Michael's supercharged fiddling and singing powers his Grammy award-winning group Beausoleil, by far the best known Cajun band in the world, and has helped raise public appreciation of Acadian culture to ubiquity.
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Doucet says he learned from cousins, aunts, uncles, and from classical musicians to rock-and-roll musicians to Cajun musicians.
Doucet remarked, "Here were serious musicians in their twenties playing and relating to Cajun music in terms of what it could be.
Michael Doucet returned to Louisiana, found an old Acadian house in Lafayette to restore, and began to play the fiddle.
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