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Fiddle contest kicks off second year with reception honoring namesake

Posted at 9:51 PM, Jun 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-08 00:06:25-04

A 101-year-old musician is the focus of a contest in its second year in Mamou.

Mr. Willie Durisseau is a musician and WW2 veteran known for playing a style of fiddle that goes back to Haiti in the 1700s.

The Willie Durisseau Contest will see contestants perform for judges over the weekend.

Friday evening, the contest held a reception for Durisseau and others taking part in the contest this weekend. The fiddle player joined the ceremony, in which organizers say he intends to play along.

Players will go before the judges on Saturday and winners will be declared.

Contest organizers say this contest is subjective, open to any style or skill set. Contestants will perform for the judges only, without an audience, and must be 18 or over, per the rules.