Cajun Visits

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Fiddlers Denis McGee, Wallace "Cheese" Read, Canray Fontenot, accordionists Leopold Francois and Robert Jardell, are visited by musicians Jeanie McLerie and Dewey Balfa. Each one tells us stories about the role of music in his life and sings and plays one or more of his favorite songs. The late, great Denis McGee, Cheese Read, and Canray Fontenot were all highly influential and often recorded Cajun musicians, in addition to being fiddle mentors for Jeanie, Ken, and a host of younger musicians wanting to learn the style.

  • Film by: Yasha Aginsky
  • Produced by: Aginsky Productions with Les Films Cinétries & Les Films d\'Ici
  • Cinematographer: Yasha Aginsky, Bruno Carriere
  • Sound: Carrie Aginsky
  • Editor: Yasha Aginsky
  • Other Credits: Filmmakers: Carrie Aginsky, Bruno Carrière, Jeanie McLerie, Ken Keppeler, Betsy Bannerman
  • Funding: National Endowment for the Arts, Film Arts Foundation, Louisiana State Division of the Arts, Center for Gulf South History & Culture
  • Original Format: Film: 16mm
  • © 1983, Yasha Aginsky
  • 28mins, Color