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The Balfa Brothers


The Balfa Brothers (Les Freres Balfas) helped keep traditional Cajun music alive in the 1960s, when it had been at risk of disappearing. The sons, three of a family group of six, had been born to an unhealthy southwest Louisiana sharecropper, from whom they learned all about traditional Cajun lore and culture. Fiddler Dewey Balfa was greatly affected by players such as for example J.B. Fusilier, Leo Soileau, Harry Choates and Bob Wills. He and his brothers — Rodney, who sang and performed acoustic guitar and harmonica, Will, the next fiddler, Harry, the accordion participant, and Burkeman, who performed triangle and spoons — started playing informally at family members parties and regional gatherings through the ’40s. They accomplished enough local recognition to play as much as eight dances weekly at regional dance halls. The Balfas had been later became a member of by neighbor Hadley Fontenot on accordion. They produced their saving debut in 1951 with “La Valse de Bon Baurche” and “Le Two Stage de Ville Platte,” that have been captured on the house recorder and released like a 78-rpm solitary. Dewey Balfa continued to a single career using numerous Cajun performers and documenting on such brands as Khoury, Kajun, and Swallow. In 1967, Dewey, Rodney, Will and his child Nelda, alongside Fontenot created the Balfa Brothers and started distributing the Cajun audio throughout Europe with folk festivals over the U.S. In 1968, they performed for the Olympics Event in Mexico Town. They produced their 1st professional documenting, “Le Valse de Bambocheurs/Indian on the Stomp,” in 1967 for Swallow. This resulted in an recording, Balfa Brothers Play Traditional Cajun Music, also on Swallow. After liberating another LP, the Balfas made an appearance within the 1972 Les Empty documentary Spend EVERYTHING, which introduced a fresh generation towards the energetic Cajun audio. That year in addition they documented The Cajuns on Sonet and another for Swallow, THE NICE Times Are Getting rid of Me, including the soundtrack for the documentary of the same name. Although the majority of their musical concentrate was on custom, the Balfas weren’t averse to attempting even more modernized Cajun tracks using a nightclub orchestra made up of Dewey, Rodney, accordion participant Nathan Menard, fiddler Dick Richard, J.W. Pelsia on metal electric guitar, Austin Broussard on drums and Rodney’s boy Tony on bass electric guitar. Things proceeded to go well for the music group until Feb 1979, when Rodney and can were wiped out in an automobile wreck. Another season, Dewey’s wife passed away of trichinosis. Regardless of the tragedy, the Balfa Brothers continuing (with several personnel adjustments) also after Dewey’s loss of life in 1992. Through them, his wealthy and useful legacy of Cajun music keeps on.

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Full Name The Balfa Brothers
Music Songs Parlez-Nous a Boire, La Danse de Mardi Gras, 'Tit galop pour Mamou, Indian on a Stump, Valse de Balfa, Lacassine Special, Two-step De Lanse Maigre, Enterre-moi pas, La valse de Grand Bois, J'ai vu le loup, le renard et la belette, Jolie Blonde, Je suis orphelin, Two Step a Hadley, Chère bassette, J'ai passé devant ta porte, Family Waltz, Drunkard’s Sorrow Waltz, Je me suis marillié, Newport Waltz, Chère joues roses, My True Love, Bayou pon pon, Les Veuves de la coulée, Danse de Mardi Gras, Les blues de Cajun, La valse de Balfa, La Valse de Kaplan, My Old Wagon, La valse criminelle, T'es petite et t'es mignonne, T'ai petite et t'ai meon, Coeur Criminel
Albums The Balfa Brothers Play Traditional Cajun Music, J'ai vu le loup, le renard et la belette, The 1970 NYC Concert, Play Traditional Cajun Music, Volume I and II

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