DELILAH LEE LEWIS (FIDDLE)
The Creole Belles are distinguished by the high-energy, traditional fiddle style of Delilah, who has been playing Cajun music since 1978. She moved to Eunice, Louisiana in 1982 to study this music while working as Director of Nursing at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Crowley, LA. She was there for almost three years where she spent much of her time playing fiddle and studying with many of the great Cajun and Creole musicians including Denis McGee, Wade Fruge, Canray Fontenot & Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin, Dewey Balfa, the Carriere brothers, Marc & Ann Savoy, and Michael Doucet. She sat in with and played occasional gigs with Beausoleil.  She was on faculty at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, 2000, in Port Townsend, WA with her great friend and teacher Danny Poullard.


MAUREEN KARPAN (ACCORDION)
Maureen has been playing Cajun accordion since 1992. For seven years she led the Bay Area Cajun band Frog Legs. She has spent months at a time in Louisiana to play Cajun music, but her main teacher and mentor has been the late great Danny Poullard, who moved from Lousiana to California as a young man. Besides Danny, Maureen's teachers have included Marc Savoy, Bois Sec Ardoin, Jesse Lege, Dirk Powell and Preston Frank. She also plays with the Bay Area band Courtableu and has made guest appearances with the All Star Cajun band and the

Zydeco Flames. 

 
ANDREW CARRIER (VOCALS, TRIANGLE)
From Lawtell, Louisiana, accordionist and singer Andrew comes from a long family tradition of music. His father was the legendary Creole fiddler "Bebe Carriere," his uncle was accordionist Eraste Carriere, and cousins Chubby, Calvin and Roy Carriere are very popular zydeco players in Louisiana. Andrew moved to the Bay Area in the '60s, learned accordion from the late Danny Poullard, and is a featured vocalist on California Cajun Orchestra's CDs. He plays regularly with the Cajun Classics, the All Star Cajun band, and Suzy and Eric Thompson.  Andrew has been our “Special Guest” for so many years that our band name could be, “The Creole Belles with special guest Andrew Carrier.”



KAREN LEIGH (GUITAR)
Karen has been playing traditional rhythm guitar since 1974, including times with Dewey Balfa, Canray Fontenot, and Danny Poullard at national festivals. Karen's dynamic guitar playing has provided the backbone to many bands including The Ethnophonic Orchestra and Kenny Hall's "Long Haul String Band."  She has performed with, among others, the Horseflies, the Savoy Family Band, and Doc Watson. Karen has been on faculty at events throughout the U.S., including the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, MerleFest, and the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes.
 
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