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The Balfa Brothers Play Traditional Cajun Music, Vols. 1-2
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Album: The Balfa Brothers Play Traditional Cajun Music, Vols. 1-2
# Song Title   Time
1)    'Tit Galop pour Mamou
2)    Je Suis Orphelin
3)    T'En as Eu, T'En Auras Plus
4)    Two Step de l'Anse … Paille
5)    Danse de Mardi Gras, La
6)    Je Me Suis Marilli‚
7)    Enterre-Moi Pas
8)    ChŠre Joues Roses
9)    ChŠre Bassette
10)    J'Ai Pass‚ Devant Ta Porte
11)    Flammes d'Enfer, Les
12)    Madeleine
13)    Valse du Bambocheur, La
14)    Lacassine Special
15)    My True Love
16)    Valse de Grand Bois, La
17)    Family Waltz
18)    Newport Waltz
19)    Indian on a Stomp
20)    T'Es Petite et T'Es Mignonne
21)    Two Step a Hadley
22)    Valse de Balfa
23)    Parlez-Nous … Boire
24)    Blues du Cadien, Les
 
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Performer Notes
  • Originally released on Swallow (6011) in 1965 and Swallow (6019) in 1974. Includes French and English translations.
  • Personnel: Harry Balfa, Rodney Balfa (vocals, guitar); Dewey Balfa, Will Balfa (vocals, fiddle); Burkeman Balfa (vocals, triangle); Marc Savoy (fiddle, accordion); Hadley Fontenot (accordion); Tony Balfa (drums, triangle).
  • Translators: Barry Jean Ancelet; Floyd Soileau; Owen Demoruelle; Ron Stanford.
  • If you want to go straight to the source and hear real Cajun music without any hint of crossover, look to the Balfa Brothers. Though they were a popular live attraction as early as 1948, Dewey, Will, Burke, Harry, and Rodney (with assistance from family friend Hadley Fontenot on accordion) didn't record their first LP until 1965. Their second followed a full nine years later. Both are included on this seminal Cajun disc, and the purity of the group's performances is stunning.
  • Theirs is an entirely acoustic sound, based on the jangling rhythm of the guitar, the sprightly tinkling of the triangle, and two wailing fiddles, alternately melancholy and joyous. Dewey Balfa, the band's de facto leader is possessed of a classic Cajun vocal style; it's frequently impossible to tell whether he's lamenting or rejoicing. The Brothers' rough-hewn, earthy feel is so captivating that the listener is drawn fully in, regardless of which way the mood swings.
Professional Reviews
Uncut (magazine) (p.79) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The constant duel between Dewey's fiddle and Harry's accordion leads the charge throughout, celebrating an oft-overlooked part of America's musical heritage."
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