|Mary Tweedel at Vermilionville, Lafayette, Louisiana. June 2015.|
Mary Tweedel has been playing her accordion in the public eye for a long time. Since she was five, in fact. When she was only 10, she was a "Young Ace of Cajun Music," performing on stage with other talented young'ns, a protégé of Helen Boudreaux.
A sidebar on Helen Boudreaux. She is a Cajun singer and songwriter, a former over-the-road truck driver, a traiteuse, and the mother of eight kids.
Now 25, Mary Tweedel fronts her own band, Mary Tweedel and the Louisiana Cajun Mixers. I saw her at Vermilionville back in June.
Give a listen to Mary at a 2014 gig in Baton Rouge below: