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Rick Olivier | Rick Olivier
Rick Olivier | Rick Olivier

Cajun fiddler David Greely will perform in concert at the Phippsburg Congregational Church on Friday, August 15, at 7:30 p.m.
As a founding member of The Mamou Playboys, David Greely has toured worldwide for 23 years and was nominated for four Grammy Awards. Over the years, Greely has assembled a repertoire of uncommon Cajun music, old and rare tunes, new companion pieces to the old ones, and striking new melodies that meld Cajun roots with fiddle sounds he’s heard in his travels worldwide and arranged with novel instrumentation and rich harmonies.
In solo acoustic performance, Greely prides himself on sounding like two or three fiddles, weaving accompaniment to his vocals as if it’s someone else singing. He strives to embrace all the aspects of his heritage that a fiddle and voice can reach – ancient ballads, cane field blues, yearning waltzes and fiery two steps – melding his ancestral legacy with his own compositions and stories of the rich souls who kept this music and language alive.
In addition to developing a devoted following on the Cajun music scene his band, The Mamou Playboys, became an established fixture at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The band released several acclaimed albums that were celebrated for bringing a contemporary attitude to traditional Cajun and Creole music.
Greely was born in Baton Rouge of Cajun and Irish ancestry, and learned Cajun music on dance hall stages throughout South Louisiana, in the archives of Cajun and Creole music at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, and from his apprenticeship to Cajun fiddle master and National Heritage Fellow Dewey Balfa. He has received the Louisiana Artist Fellowship Award for Folklife Performance, and is an adjunct instructor of Cajun fiddle at the University of Louisiana.
The concert will be held in the historic 1802 Phippsburg Congregational Church situated on the banks of the Kennebec.