Henry Hample

With Sheryl Cormier at the Liberty Theater, Eunice, La., 2009.

Henry Hample is a fiddler, bassist, vocalist, and music teacher, born in New Rochelle, NY. He started classical piano and cello lessons at age 7, then switched to guitar and harmonica at age 9. On a whim, his father gave him a fiddle for his 16th birthday and Henry taught himself to play.

He played bass in punk bands in California (the Satellites, 1979-80, and Scapegoats, 1980-82). He returned to New York in 1983 and studied English literature at NYU, then received a master's degree in ethnomusicology from Brown University. He played with several folk-rock bands in New York including Washboard Jungle (1989-94).

He moved to Louisiana in 2007 and now plays fiddle with various Cajun bands including the Has Beans, Don Fontenot & Friends of Louisiana, and Jamie Berzas & Cajun Tradition. He has recorded CD's with the Has Beans, Ray Landry, Harry Trahan, Lisa Trahan, Wallace Trahan, and Aaron Chesson. He is a full-time music teacher at Berchmans Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau, and has also taught music for Louisiana Folk Roots, LSUE, and South Louisiana Community College.

With the Has Beans at Bayou Teche Brewery, Arnaudville, La., 2021.

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