Monday, May 7, 2007

Accordion Player Pursues Angular Art

Louisiana accordion player Dieu Donné "Don" Montoucet handcrafts the triangles that help drive Cajun music. Both The Advocate and The New York Times have profiled Montoucet recently, and now the Savoy Music Center is sold out of the $35 percussion pieces the Cajun craftsman makes out of old hay rakes. I would say "get 'em while they're hot," but it might be too late -- Montoucet says the hay rakes are getting harder and harder to find.

P.S. Savoy still has plenty of Cajun musical instruments (accordions, rubboards, etc.) and related gear for sale, including a cool-looking accordion T-Shirt with the quote, "Do not replace family values with media imposed conventions." Sweet.

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