Guitarist, violinist, writer and producer Al Berard died Wednesday, February 26, 2014 after an illness stretching back to December.  Wikipedia entryOffBeat article.  Berard was 53 years old.  Condolences to all her family and friends.

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Classes in songwriting, accordion and Cajun and zydeco music history are available at the University of Louisiana Lafayette during the Spring 2012 semester.   Teachers include Kristi Guillory, David Egan and Al Berard according to Dr. Mark DeWitt, head of the traditional music program at ULL.  Classes begin January 12, 2012, so register now!