The Balfa Brothers

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The Balfa Brothers were a Cajun family band, consisting of brothers Dewey, Burke, Harry, Rodney and 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 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, Nelda and Christine Balfa formed the following band, Balfa Toujours to honor the memory of Balfa Brothers and keep the Cajun culture alive.
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The Balfa Brothers Discography Tracks

Albums

The Balfa Brothers - Play Traditional Cajun Music album art The Balfa Brothers Play Traditional Cajun Music (Album) Swallow Records US 1967 Sell This Version
The Balfa Brothers - The Cajuns - Vol.1 album art The Balfa Brothers Orchestra* With Nathan Abshire / The Ardoin Brothers Orchestra* The Balfa Brothers Orchestra* With Nathan Abshire / The Ardoin Brothers Orchestra* - The Cajuns - Vol.1 (Album) Sonet UK 1973 Sell This Version
The Balfa Brothers - Play More Traditional Cajun Music album art The Balfa Brothers Play More Traditional Cajun Music (Album) Swallow Records US 1974 Sell This Version
The Balfa Brothers - The Good Times Are Killing Me album art Nathan Abshire Featuring The Balfa Brothers Nathan Abshire Featuring The Balfa Brothers - The Good Times Are Killing Me (Album) Swallow Records US 1975 Sell This Version
The Balfa Brothers - J'ai Vu Le Loup, Le Renard Et La Belette album art Les Frères Balfa* J'ai Vu Le Loup, Le Renard Et La Belette (Album) Cezame France 1975 Sell This Version
WM 07 The Balfa Brothers - Grand Basile album art Les Frères Balfa* Grand Basile(LP, Album) Discovale WM 07 France 1975 Sell This Version
ES 43 The Balfa Brothers - Lâche Pas La Patate!  album art Les Frères Balfa* Lâche Pas La Patate! (LP) Expression Spontanée ES 43 France 1976 Sell This Version
SNTF 813 The Balfa Brothers - Cajun Days album art Balfa Brothers Orchestra* Cajun Days(LP) Sonet SNTF 813 UK 1979 Sell This Version
The Balfa Brothers - The New York Concerts album art The Balfa Brothers The New York Concerts (Comp) Swallow Records, Swallow Records US 1980 Sell This Version
CB113 The Balfa Brothers - Legends Of Cajun Music album art The Balfa Brothers Legends Of Cajun Music(CD, Album) Music Catalogue Cracker Barrel Old Country Store CB113 US 2002 Sell This Version
FRC111 The Balfa Brothers - The Balfa Brothers & Nathan Abshire album art The Balfa Brothers & Nathan Abshire The Balfa Brothers & Nathan Abshire - The Balfa Brothers & Nathan Abshire(CD, Album) Field Recorders' Collective FRC111 US 2008 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

45-10198 The Balfa Brothers - Partie A Grand Basile album art Nathan Abshire & The Balfa Bros.* Nathan Abshire & The Balfa Bros.* - Partie A Grand Basile(7", Single) Swallow Records 45-10198 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-10267 The Balfa Brothers - Texas Two Step / Coeur Criminel album art Balfa Bros.* And Nathan Abshire Balfa Bros.* And Nathan Abshire - Texas Two Step / Coeur Criminel(7") Swallow Records 45-10267 US Unknown Sell This Version
45-10231 The Balfa Brothers - La Chanson De Les Mardi Gras / Dying In Misery album art Dewey Balfa & The Balfa Bros.* Dewey Balfa & The Balfa Bros.* - La Chanson De Les Mardi Gras / Dying In Misery(7", Single) Swallow Records 45-10231 US Unknown Sell This Version
10215 The Balfa Brothers -  Nathan's Lafayette 2-Step / French Blues album art Nathan Abshire & The Balfa Bros.* Nathan Abshire & The Balfa Bros.* - Nathan's Lafayette 2-Step / French Blues(7") Swallow Records 10215 US Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

CHD 183 The Balfa Brothers - Arcadian Memories album art The Balfa Brothers Arcadian Memories(LP, Comp) Ace CHD 183 UK 1986 Sell This Version
The Balfa Brothers - Play Traditional Cajun Music - Vol I And II album art The Balfa Brothers Play Traditional Cajun Music - Vol I And II (Comp, Album) Swallow Records UK 1990 Sell This Version
CDCHD 329 The Balfa Brothers - Pine Grove Blues / The Good Times Are Killing Me album art Nathan Abshire Featuring The Balfa Brothers Nathan Abshire Featuring The Balfa Brothers - Pine Grove Blues / The Good Times Are Killing Me(CD, Comp) Ace CDCHD 329 UK 1991 Sell This Version
CDCHD 1348 The Balfa Brothers - Master Of The Cajun Accordion - The Classic Swallow Recordings album art Nathan Abshire With His Pine Grove Boys* And The Balfa Brothers Nathan Abshire With His Pine Grove Boys* And The Balfa Brothers - Master Of The Cajun Accordion - The Classic Swallow Recordings(CD, Comp) Ace CDCHD 1348 UK 2013 Sell This Version

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