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Kelly Thibodeaux

KTcolorphotographKelly Thibodeaux is a professional fiddler from Louisiana with over 35 years of playing experience. He has performed throughout the United States and Canada and had an appearance at the 2002 National Fiddle Festival in Hawthorne, Australia. He is the founder and front man for the swamp rock band “Etouffee”  ( and has written, recorded, and published 8 CD’s of original music. Two of Kelly Thibodeaux’s recordings, “Alphonse come in for Dinner” and “Louisiana Lament” were included in the PBS series “American Passages-Regional Realism” broadcast in March of 2003. As a teaching artist Kelly has over 15 years experience conducting fiddle workshops, after school programs, and artist in residence programs and specializes in teaching large groups (25 to 30 plus students K-12) in short order how to play one of the world’s oldest and most powerful instruments, the violin.