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Augusta Cajun/Creole & Early Country Music Week

July 5, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - July 11, 2015 @ 10:00 am

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CAJUN/CREOLE WEEK: Informal jam sessions, a mid-week party with Cajun cuisine, concerts, sessions in the Icehouse and on the “porch,” and music in the dancers’ ears will create a sea of smiling faces for the whole week.

Each day starts with a choice of jam sessions or a visit with various artists; a cup of good strong Cajun coffee is always available. All classes meet for about two hours in the morning and again in the afternoon. Each afternoon the entire group gathers for special presentations on Cajun and Creole music or culture.

With mini-courses, a concert, dances, and a mid-week party featuring Cajun gumbo, it’s a gala week of nonstop music and dancing. Cajun/Creole Week runs concurrently with the new Early Country Music Week.

Classes (except Novice or From Scratch Classes) are intended for those who can already play their instrument to some extent and are ready to start learning Cajun/Creole style, technique, and repertoire.

Students register for one class for the week. Each class builds upon information presented the previous day. Cajun/Creole Week runs concurrently with Early Country Music Week .


Country music borrows from folk, pop, blues, swing, and religious sources, and yet it is distinctly different.  It is easily remembered, loves to tell a story, and invites you to dance.  Still today, recognizing it as a true art form is rare. Dorothy Horstman says, in her book Sing Your Heart Out, Country Boy, “By ignoring or denigrating country music we have unwittingly robbed ourselves of some of the saddest, the happiest, the most touching moments in our country’s literature – AND we’ve missed out on a good time. “The music we will be focusing on is not the current Nashville scene.  This is country music from its roots with Jimmie Rodgers and The Carter Family, through folks like Kitty Wells, Merle Haggard, and Dolly Parton, to the soulful singing of George Jones and Vern Gosdin.  Even the Honky Tonk sounds of Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis are included.  During this week at Augusta, we will have the opportunity to explore this true American treasure of music with some of the most dedicated instructors doing country music today.

Evenings are filled with jam sessions, concerts, and Cajun and Honky-Tonk dances in the beautiful open-air dance pavilion.  Optional evening mini-courses offer a variety of opportunities to experience something different.  After this week in the mountains of West Virginia, no one will leave with their hearts untouched.

Students register for three classes for the week, one for each of three daily periods (2 morning, 1 afternoon). Each class builds upon information presented the previous day. Early Country Music Week runs concurrently with Cajun/Creole Week.


July 5, 2015 @ 3:00 pm
July 11, 2015 @ 10:00 am
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Augusta Heritage Center
(304) 637-1209


Augusta Heritage Center, Davis & Elkins College
100 Campus Drive
Elkins, WV 26241 United States
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