Michael Doucet, NEA National Heritage Fellow, 2005

Master Cajun Fiddler

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When I wanted to find heroes, I went into my neighborhood. They may not wear Superman costumes, but they are real heroes.

--Michael Doucet

Found dancing and singing “You Ain’t Nothing But a Hound Dog” in the middle of the highway when he was a toddler, Michael Doucet did not become a famous rock star but a renowned Cajun fiddler. He has performed in every state and all around the globe, at the Super Bowl, three presidential inaugurations, and Carnegie Hall--and along the way picked up two Grammys. Founder of the Cajun music group BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, he is an ambassador to the world for this distinctive American art form. He brings his experience and knowledge to this virtual residency to share Cajun history, culture, and music, demonstrating how traditions not only endure but also change.