David Greely

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  • David Greely: Series Finale Show

    This show was on Jun 9th, 2014 | 24 people watched
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    • Jun 10
      loved it .. so sad that it is over ... Monday nights will not be the same without David Greeley visiting our house!
    • Jun 10
      Excellent. Great playing. Great songs. Good rapport with the audience, carrying on a conversation with us. Thanks, concewindow, for the service you offer us with these home concerts.
    • Jun 16
      Only caught part of this show, maybe the last 20 minutes, but enjoyable. I hope to catch David for a full show, his playing was quite enjoyable.
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  • David Greely: Music of Varise Conner

    This show was on Jun 2nd, 2014 | 24 people watched
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    • Jun 3
      Very nice. Introduced me to Conner's music for the first time. Fun anecdotes, too.
    • Jun 4
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Bio

May 12th & May 19th, Episodes 1 & 2: History of the Cajun People

David Greely tells the story and plays the music of French Louisiana, from its origins in France and West Africa to a place that’s culturally south of the American South. The hybrid vigor of ancient European tones blended with a direct injection of African polyrhythms and blues inflection makes South Louisiana musically... more

May 12th & May 19th, Episodes 1 & 2: History of the Cajun People

David Greely tells the story and plays the music of French Louisiana, from its origins in France and West Africa to a place that’s culturally south of the American South. The hybrid vigor of ancient European tones blended with a direct injection of African polyrhythms and blues inflection makes South Louisiana musically more like the West Indies than like its neighboring regions. Find out how that happened, and what it sounds like, with David and his fiddle on Concert Window.

May 26th, Ep. 3: Music of Dennis McGee

Dennis McGee, born in 1893, was the Gandalf of the Cajun fiddle. From Chataignier LA, he was a mercurial and mysterious talent, with a repertoire of ancient tunes, crooked and minor and modal yet very melodic, that he learned from his father and grandfather. These tunes still challenge the most talented fiddlers of today. Field recordings of Dennis are jealously guarded and traded, and David Greely has combed his impressive collection for the most consistent and representative versions of Dennis’s tunes, and will explore them for you on Concert Window.

June 2nd, Ep. 4: Music of Varise Conner

David Greely plays the music of the best unknown Cajun fiddler ever, Varise Conner. Varise lived in Lake Arthur LA, making his living as a lumberjack and sawyer, and pulling the sweetest bow in Cajun country. His buoyant and uplifting fiddle tunes are still very rare, played by only a small handful of fiddlers, including David Greely, who has made a detailed study of Varise’s music. Join David as hé plays the music of Varise Conner on Concert Window.

June 9th, Ep. 5: Series Finale Show

In this last series finale, David Greely will perform a regular show, playing a collection of tunes by Cajun greats, traditional tunes, and originals of his own.

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David Greely’s French Louisiana music is opening a new wing in his tradition. David has taken the swampy syncopations of Cajun music and its renaissance French dialect to new level of sophistication without losing its urgency and texture. In solo acoustic performance, he sounds like two or three fiddles, weaving accompaniment to his vocals as if it’s someone else singing. Presenting his concerts in English or French, he embraces all the aspects of his heritage that a fiddle and voice can reach- ancient ballads, cane field blues, yearning waltzes and fiery two steps, and melds his ancestral legacy with his own adroit compositions and stories of the rich souls who kept this music and language alive.

David 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.

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