Balfa Brothers, The

Also known as Balfa Bros., Balfa Bros., The, Balfa Brothers, Balfa Brothers Orchestra, Balfa Brothers Orchestra, The, Balfa Brtohers, Balfa Freres, The, Balfha Brothers, Frères Balfa, Les, Les Balfa Brothers, Les Frères Balfa, Les Frères Balpha, Les Freres Balfa, Trad. Balfa Brothers
Members of Balfa Brothers, The: Burke Balfa, Dewey Balfa, Hadley Fontenot, Harry Balfa, Ray Abshire, Rodney Balfa, Tony Balfa, Will Balfa
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.balfatoujours.com/brothers.html, http://www.lsue.edu/acadgate/music/btjtb.htm

Discography of Balfa Brothers, The:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Play Traditional Cajun Music - Vol I And II 24 Audio 1990 Swallow Records
2 Pine Grove Blues / The Good Times Are Killing Me 26 Audio 1991 Ace
3 J'Ai Vu Le Loup, Le Renard Et La Belette 13 Audio 1989 Rounder Records
4 Grand Basile 15 Audio 1975 Discovale
5 J'ai Vu Le Loup, Le Renard Et La Belette 13 Audio 1975 Cezame
6 Arcadian Memories 16 Audio 1986 Ace
7 Play Traditional Cajun Music - Vol I And II 24 Audio 2005
8 Les Frères Balfa 12 Audio 1975 Le Chant Du Monde
9 Play Traditional Cajun Music 31 Audio 2011 Ace
10 Play More Traditional Cajun Music 12 Audio Swallow Records
11 J'ai Vu Le Loup, Le Renard Et La Belette 13 Audio 1988 Rounder Records
12 The Good Times Are Killing Me 12 Audio 1975 Swallow Records
13 The Good Times Are Killing Me 12 Audio 1986 Swallow Records
14 The Cajuns - Vol.1 14 Audio 1973 Sonet
15 'Tit Galop Pour Mamou 12 Audio 1975 Le Chant Du Monde
16 The New York Concerts 12 Audio 1980 Swallow Records
17 J'ai Vu Le Loup, Le Renard Et La Belette 13 Audio 1979 Guimbarda
18 Partie A Grand Basile 2 Audio Swallow Records
19 Legends Of Cajun Music 17 Audio 2002 Music Catalogue Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
20 Play Traditional Cajun Music - Vol 1 And 2 24 Audio 1990
21 Laissez Le Bon Temps Rouler 12 Audio 1976 Disques Bleu
22 Play More Traditional Cajun Music 12 Audio Swallow Records


The Balfa Brothers were a Cajun family band, consisting of brothers [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/Dewey+Balfa]Dewey[/url], [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/Burke+Balfa]Burke[/url], [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/Harry+Balfa]Harry[/url], [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/Rodney+Balfa]Rodney[/url] and [a=Will Balfa], all born and raised on the sharecropper's farm of their parents Charles Balfa and Amay Ardoin up from the 1920th on Bayou Grand Louis near Mamou, Louisiana. They were soon joined by [a=Hadley Fontenot] on accordion.

They started playing at family parties and local gatherings. They quickly achieved enough popularity to play at local dance halls. Their first recording was released in 1951, "La Valse de Bon Baurche/Le Two Step de Ville Platte".

Dewey then went on to a solo career, and the band was momentarily disbanded. In 1967 Dewey, Rodney, Will along with Dewey's daughter Nelda and Fontenot reformed the group. In February 1979, Rodney and Will were killed in a car accident, but despite the tragedy, the Balfa Brothers continued.

In 1992, [b]Nelda[/b] and [a=Christine Balfa] formed the following band, [a=Balfa Toujours] to honor the memory of Balfa Brothers and keep the Cajun culture alive.


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