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Dennis McGee Interview

Dennis McGee speaks candidly with Chris Strachwitz about Cajun music, his relationship with Amédé Ardoin, and his early days as a musician. Six months after picking up a violin for the first time, Dennis was playing for the whole neighborhood. “All around they had boys my age, and they were dancing in the house, and they’d come and get me for me to go play for them. $1 on Saturday, $1 on Sunday. I make $2 a week. That would give me everything I need. In that time the money was not much like it is in this time. Bad, bad, bad business now.” – Dennis McGee

Dennis McGee Interview

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Interviewee: Dennis McGee
Interviewers: Chris Strachwitz, with Michael Doucet
Date: mid-1980s
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Language: English/Français (Cajun)

This is an interview originally recorded for research purposes. It is presented here in its raw state, unedited except to remove some irrelevant sections and blank spaces. All rights to the interview are reserved by the Arhoolie Foundation. Please do not use anything from this website without permission. info@arhoolie.org

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