Posted on Thu Jul 5, 2018
Photo Credit: Marcy Garriott and David Dodd
Elizabeth KellyPort Neches, TexasElizabeth Kelly was the Cajun/Zydeco Grand Prize WInner in the 2015 edition of the Big Squeeze.
Her step-dad brought home a Hohner accordion when she was seven years old and she fell in love with the sound and soon starte learning how to play it. She credits him for encouraging her to carry on the their Cajun...
Posted on Tue Jul 24, 2018
The 2018-2020 touring performances focus on the talented young champions of Texas Folklife's "Big Squeeze" statewide accordion contest, exemplifying the unique musical traditions of Texas: Cajun, zydeco, conjunto/Tejano and polka. Artists included in the current roster: Keyun Dickson & the Zydeco Masters, the Dallas Street Ramblers (Elizabeth Kelly and Donovan Bourque), Nachito Morales...
Posted on Thu Mar 22, 2018
In February 2018, Texas Folklife hosted a discussion at Larry’s French Market & Cajun Restaurant about how the organization can support efforts of the community to encourage youth participation in Cajun traditional music. The community discussion touched on three main topics: the reasons behind decline in youth participation in Cajun music in Southeast Texas; comparisons between...