Monday, June 20, 2011

Music series features Creole accordionist Mary Jane Broussard

    The Music of Acadiana Series continues with Creole accordionist Mary Jane Broussard at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 26 at NUNU’s, the old Singleton Lumber building in Arnaudville. One of just a handful of Creole women who play the diatonic accordion, Broussard plays with a style that is energetic, driving and intricate.
Mary Jane Broussard
    Accompanied by members of the Magnolia Sisters, Lisa Trahan and Jane Vidrine, Broussard leads a jam session open to musicians of all levels for the first hour. A question-and-answer session that explores her style and background follows. A one-hour performance concludes the show.
    Broussard comes from deep Creole music roots. Legendary Creole accordionist Alphonse “Bois Sec” Ardoin was her uncle and model for her accordion style.
    Her fiddling uncle, Carlton Frank, is revered as the patriarch of the Frank family sound. She took up the accordion and taught herself to play when her children were you and the music came naturally.
    Broussard was in the original Magnolia Sisters in the 1970s and later joined a trio with Morris Ardoin on fiddle and Clarence LeDay on guitar.
    She makes regular guest appearances with her son’s zydeco group, T-Broussard and the Zydeco Steppers. Broussard also plays with her own band, Creole Sweet La La.
    Located at 1510 Highway 93, NUNU’s provides a relaxed and intimate setting for interaction between performer and audience. Admission is $5 and free for kids 12 and under. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
    The Music of Acadiana Series is supported in part by grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreations and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Acadiana Arts Council.

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