The name Barry Ancelet isn’t widely known, but it should be.  He has been a tireless promoter of Cajun, Creole and zydeco music, and an outstanding academic at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  After almost forty years, he is retiring from ULL, hopefully to continue his efforts, writing liner notes and announcing at the Festivals Acadiens et Créoles.  With his distinctive mustache, we wish him well, whatever he does!

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!

The largest collection of recorded Cajun and Louisiana Creole music is at the University of Louisiana Lafayette at the Dupre Library.  This collection has been growing since about 2003.  As they say, “The collection is open to the public for listening, viewing and research during regular Louisiana Room hours. Audio-visual stations are available. The library encourages the use of the collection and offers scheduled orientation sessions.” The web site lists their selection criteria and describes the types of material available, primarily audio recordings, but also video and some print material.

This is a huge resource, the only one of its kind, and I hope musicians, scholars and fans are aware of it.  Yes, it must be used at the Dupre Library, but isn’t a trip to Lafayette worth it?

Disclaimer:  I worked in the collection as a volunteer and researcher during Fall 2005, am acquainted with Ms Sandra Himel, the primary researcher, and have endorsed their work to granting agencies.   Yeah, I’m biased.