A Year in Review, a Year to Come

Had a busy and productive 2016. Taught Cajun fiddle at Balfa Week, Augusta Cajun and Creole Heritage Week and TradMaD Camp. Played solo at two great folk festivals: Fox Valley Folk and Storytelling Festival and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, where I was selected as one of three Most Wanted Emerging Artists. Showcased at FARM. Released a new CD of fiddle tunes, Copper Rooster and Other Tunes and Tales, on Waterbug Records, in addition to two recordings released independently in 2015 (The Fiddle EP and Mid-City Aces). Got some great airplay on folk radio—Copper Rooster made the Top 20 on WVPE (Thanks, Al Kniola) and made the Top 50 nationally. Recorded a new CD with the Malvinas (it will be out this spring).

Played Festival International with Bonsoir, Catin, the Blackpot and New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival with Sarah Quintana, French Quarter Fest, Jazzfest, and the Wheatland Folk Festival with Bruce Daigrepont. His new CD, Bienvenu dans le Sud de la Louisiane, came out this past year. Finally, Bruce’s CD, my CD, and the Mid-City Aces, along with a CD I played on, Broken Promised Land, by Barry Ancelet and Sam Broussard, all made it to the first round of the Grammy nominations, in the best Folk and Regional Roots Categories; Broken Promised Land got the nomination for Best Regional Roots.

I am looking forward to another great year of making music, with a couple of solo tours in the Northeast (May and September), a short spring tour in Texas with the Malvinas, Chicago this summer with the Malvinas, more teaching gigs—I will be returning to Balfa Week and TradMaD—and fiddling at festivals. This year, I’ll be touring the US and Canada with Bruce Daigrepont, as well as French Quarter Fest, Jazzfest, the Montana Folk Festival and the National Folk Festival. The Mid-City Aces will be making their French Quarter Festival debut.

All of these dates will be listed on the tour page in the coming weeks…

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