Instructors announced for Folk Roots summer camp

Lafayette - In hopes of inspiring young local musicians to achieve greatness at an early age, the Louisiana Folk Roots Cajun and Creole Summer Camp for Kids will kick off its premiere sessions with a team of instructors that includes some of Acadiana’s top young Cajun and Creole musicians, many of whom began playing professionally when they were kids themselves.

The day camp, for kids six to 12 years of age, will run in two independent one-week sessions, June 16, to June 20, and June 23, to June 27. Students can register for both sessions, which will be held Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Louisiana Folk Roots, located in the Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W. Vermilion Street in downtown Lafayette. The tuition for each one-week session is $175. Participating youngsters must bring their own instruments, diatonic accordion, fiddle or guitar, and must bring their own lunches each day.

The instructors for the Kids Camp were selected based on their teaching and performing experience and ability to teach students of varying ages and musical experience.

Instructors include:

•Christine Balfa, daughter of renowned Cajun fiddler Dewey Balfa, founding director of Louisiana Folk Roots, and member of the Cajun bands Balfa Toujours and Bonsoir, Catin, will teach French singing and Cajun history.

•Courtney Granger, member of the bands Balfa Toujours and Ray Abshire and Friends and who released his first solo album at age 16, will teach guitar and dance.

•Chris Segura, a member of the Cajun bands Feufollet and The Lafayette Rhythm Devils and who started playing professionally at age 11, will teach fiddle.

•Corey Ledet, leader of Corey Ledet and His Zydeco Band, will teach accordion.

•Kristi Guillory (session one only), member of the Cajun bands Bonsoir, Catin and The Lafayette Rhythm Devils and who formed her first band at age 12, will teach accordion.

•Dave Trainer (session two only), member of the Cajun band T-Salé and popular music teacher for Cité des Arts and the Acadiana Arts Council, will teach fiddle.

•Jane Vidrine, member of the band Magnolia Sisters, noted folklorist, and a music teacher for the Lafayette Parish School System, will teach guitar and French singing.

•Yvonne Olivier, who has toured internationally with La Compagnie Louisiannaise and taught dance in the New Orleans public schools, will teach dance.

•Henry Hample, who performs with Cajun accordionist Sheryl Cormier and teaches music at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, is the Camp Director and will teach fiddle and accordion.

The sessions will also feature a field trip to St. Martinville and a musical presentation for families and friends.

Slots are filling fast, and application forms can be found on the LFR website at For more information, call Louisiana Folk Roots at (337) 234-8360 or e-mail

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