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One of the pioneering Cajun fiddlers, Dennis McGee is best known today for a stunning body of recordings from the '20s and '30s. In addition to collaborating with Amede Ardoin, he worked with his brother-in-law, the fiddler Sady Courville. Born in 1893 and growing up near Eunice, LA, McGee led a Dickensian orphan's life before finally getting a home with an uncle who bought him his first fiddle. Many of his early recordings featured fiddle duets in the archaic Cajun style that predated the accordion. During the Depression McGee dropped out of the music scene, but in later years he resurrected his career and toured widely. He died in 1989.

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