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Bruce Daigrepont

Bruce Daigrepont was born in New Orleans on July 11, 1958. Music came to Bruce at an early age, and in the most traditional manner--handed down from father to son. When Bruce turned five, his father presented him with a guitar, and by the age of ten he was also bearing down on a five-string banjo. It was in 1978, after attending the Festival Acadiens in Lafayette, that Bruce was inspired to devote himself to the French accordion. By 1980 he had his own Cajun band, and was honing his skills at regular Thursday-night fais do do dances at the Maple Leaf Bar.

In 1986 Bruce moved the fais do do dance to the original Tipitina's, corner of Napoleon and Tchoupitoulas streets, where it continues to this day, every Sunday evening from five till nine. He has performed at such prestigious venues as New York's Lincoln Center, Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts, the Winnipeg Folk Festival and the National Folk Festival.

Over the past ten years he has taken his music to France, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. At the request of the American Embassies, Bruce and his band have performed even in the third-world countries of El Salvador and Venezuela.

Several of Bruce's compositions such as "Marksville Two Step," "Riviere Rouge" and "Nonc Willie" have entered into the standard Cajun dance band repertoire while other tunes of his such as "Coeur des Cajuns ", "Disco et Fais Do Do" and "Laissez Faire" are now part of the recorded repertoires of Francophile bands from other parts of the world.

Bruce's recording career began in 1986 with his first Rounder Records release, "Stir Up the Roux," followed by "Coeur des Cajuns" in 1989, "Petit Cadeau" in 1994 and "Paradis" in 1999. His latest release "Paradis" comes closer than any of Bruce's previous recordings to the sound of his live performances. And what makes his live performances so special is the air of freewheeling spontaneity which prevails over everything that happens. Bruce never uses a "set list." Instead, he maintains a floating repertoire of more than two hundred songs, from the traditional Cajun waltzes and two-steps to those of his own creation, to ancient fiddle reels, deep blues, swamp pop, Zydeco and R&B.

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