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Freres Michot
Inducted on February 26, 2001

Freres Michot Les Frères Michot started playing together as an all-brothers Cajun band in 1986, although the individual musicians have played with each other and with numerous other groups since about 1968. The group plays traditional Cajun music in the all-acoustic "bal de maison" (house dance) style that was prevalent before the advent of electric amplification, and the Michot’s aim to preserve this style of Cajun music. They use no drums or electric instruments, and their music has a strong vocal component with all lyrics in French. Instrumentation includes fiddle, accordion, acoustic guitar, and sometimes p’tit fer (basse triang’) and contrebasse. The Michot's have played extensively throughout the United States and have toured in Quebec, Acadie, and in several European countries (France, England, Poland), but play primarily in south Louisiana. The group has produced three albums. The first album, "Elevés à Pilette," was released in vinyl and tape on the ARZED label in 1987, and re-released on the LFM label in cd and tape in 1996. That album was produced by Zachary Richard, who also sings on one track, and includes the late Dewey Balfa as a guest musician on several tracks, along with the five Michot brothers (Rick, Tommy, Bobby, David, Mike). The second album, "La Roue Qui Pend,” was released in Spring 2003 (cd) on the Swallow Records label and features Tommy's sons Andre and Louis along with four of the original brothers (Tommy, Rick, David, Mike). The third album, "La Caroline," was recorded at La Louisianne studio in Lafayette and was released in September of 2008 on the LFM label (cd); it features Rick's son Patrick along with brothers Tommy and Rick. The Michots as a group and as individuals have recorded on several additional albums and been featured in numerous films, documentaries, and national television and radio programs. They have also played in countries such as Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Czech Republic, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Ireland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, Quebec.

Documentaries featuring Les Freres Michot have aired on CNN, Discovery Channel, the Travel Channel, TV5 (France), and Public TV (Spain). The band was honored as a "Living Legend" by the Cajun Museum in Erath, La. The group was featured in a Louisiana Crossroads program in Lafayette and Lake Charles.

Key performances:
private parties for Princess Anne and Princess Margaret of England
special performance for U.S. President George W. Bush
performance for the Venezuelan Ambassador to the U.S.
perfomances for presidential candidates Dan Quayle, Dick Gephardt, Paul Simon, George W. Bush, John Kerry.
performances for La. Governors Katheleen Blanco, Mike Foster, Edwin Edwards; Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia; and numerous local officials.
performances at private events with Dr. John, Zachary Richard, Katie Webster, Les McCann.
Republican National Convention, New Orleans, LA

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