Cajun Fiddling Workshop to Kick Off New Year

Cajun French Music Association's Fiddler of the year nominee and Native New Yorker, Henry Hample returns for a Cajun fiddle workshop and jam session on Thursday, January 3rd, 2013.
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Dec. 14, 2012 - PRLog -- Honored for its musical explosion, the state of Louisiana sprouted a fiddle style that is a true cultural blend traced from it’s origin in Nova Scotia Canada, and spiced with Native American, French, Spanish and German to be known as what we call “Cajun”. Bringing it all back to New York City is Henry Hample, a Native of New York, who moved to Arnaudville, LA, in 2007.  Henry returns for a two-hour Cajun fiddle workshop plus jam session at Dixon Place in New York City.

With versatility, Henry has performed with master accordionists Jesse Lege, Sheryl Cormier, Ray Abshire, Harry Trahan, August Broussard, Jamie Berzas, Don Fontenot, and many others. You’ll hear his impelling music with Al Berard on the twin fiddle title track of Ray Landry's CD "Mes Racines Cadien Sont Creux" (Swallow Records), which won the 2008 Song of the Year award from the Cajun French Music Association. In 2010, the CFMA nominated Henry as Fiddler of the Year for his work on Aaron Chesson's CD "Setting da Bayou on Fire" (Great Recordings). He currently teaches music at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau, La.

Henry currently plays fiddle with three different Louisiana bands, making frequent appearances at Fred's Lounge (Mamou, LA), the Liberty Theater (Eunice, LA) and numerous other venues. Henry holds a master's degree in ethnomusicology from Brown University, and is best known as the founding director of Louisiana Folk Roots Cajun and Creole Summer Camp for Kids

Henry Teaches beginner to advanced fiddle workshop on Thursday, January 3rd, 2013, 6:30PM, at Dixon Place, New York City capturing a range of interests. Henry Is a full-time teacher who inspires music theory discussion, improvisation, and Cajun vocal in the process of interpreting a fiddle tune. Join this workshop if you are at advanced beginner to advanced-advanced level.  Workshop fee is $25. Make sure to stay after workshop for a jam session.

Getting to Dixon Place is easy! It’s in the heart of Manhattan’s Lower East Side at 161 A Chrystie Street between Rivington and Delancey. The nearest subway stops are F to 2nd Ave, 6 to Spring Street, B or D to Grand, M to Essex, and J or Z to Bowery. You can also find Dixon Place here at

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