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Oct 25, 2012 11:29 AM by Ian Auzenne

Fiddler Hadley Castille Dies

Acadiana is mourning the loss of one of its most famous musicians. Hadley Castille, whose fiddling made him legend in Cajun music, has died following a fight with cancer. He was 79. The son of sharecroppers, Castille began playing the fiddle as a teenager. His style, which blended traditional and contemporary sounds, was inspired by another Cajun fiddler, Harry Choates, whom Castille heard as a child. In addition to performing local dancehalls and festivals, he also took his music internationally, playing on national television and radio broadcasts and at concerts across the world. He used his stature to help teach French immersion at local schools and to promote the Cajun culture and the French language across Louisiana and the United States. Funeral details are pending.

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