Vin Bruce, 1932-2018
Ervin “Vin” Bruce, a popular, widely admired Cajun musician for many decades, died June 8, 2018, at the age of 86. He was a resident of Cut Off in Lafourche Parish south of New Orleans. He appeared at the Louisiana Hayride and then the Grand Ole Opry, and he was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and the Nashville Musicians Hall of Fame. With a distinctive, rich baritone voice, he recorded many popular songs like “Dans la Louisiane,” “Dans la claire de la lune,” “Coeur de la ville,” and “Fille de compagnie.”

Since he lived many miles away from Acadiana and liked to stay at home, he didn’t appear very often in my part of Louisiana, but I did have the pleasure of seeing him perform at the Liberty Theater's Old Tyme Country Shows and at Festivals Acadiens et Creoles.

In this album, I have brought together previously uploaded photos along with photos from before 2010 that I have never posted on Flickr . The last photo I took shows Vin Bruce in the crowd at the Liberty Theater Jan. 27, 2018, being interviewed by Barry Ancelet. Carrying on his legacy, his young grandson, Benjamin Bruce, was one of the performers that night in the annual Tribute to Hank Williams at the Liberty.

For a listing of Cajun and Zydeco bands and Mardi Gras photos included on these Flickr pages, go to or
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