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Michael Doucet Interview, Part 2 (1988)

En Français



Genre: French, Interview

Place Covered: Lafayette, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1988-10-09

Duration: 00:18:11

Subjects: French language | Doucet, Michael | Cajun music | Fiddlers | Zydeco music | Cajun culture | Accordion


  • Melancon, Yves Interviewer
  • Doucet, Michael Interviewee
  • Doucet, Melissa Performer


This segment from the October 9, 1988, episode of the series “En Francais” features the second part of Yves Melancon’s interview with Cajun fiddler Michael Doucet of Beausoleil. He discusses: the history of Cajun music, including the contributions of Bois Sec Ardoin, Freeman Fontenot, Canray Fontenot, Dennis McGee, and Clifton Chenier; the differences between Cajun music and zydeco; the national interest in Cajun culture; and the importance of passing the music down to new generations. He also performs: “Le Contre Danse de Mamou” on the fiddle, guitar, and accordion; “The 18th Contre Danse” on accordion; “Madame Etienne” on accordion; and the “Devillier Two-Step” on guitar along with his daughter Melissa Doucet on fiddle.