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Balfa Toujours

Balfa Toujours *photo courtesy of David Simpson A brief history… “Balfa Toujours” means “Balfa Still & Always” and you can be sure that brilliant musician Christine Balfa will always make sure that it is so. Christine is the daughter of the late, great Cajun fiddler Dewey Balfa, who certainly needs no introduction. She and her …

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Balfa Brothers

The Balfa Brothers A brief history… The Balfa Brothers (or Les Frères Balfa) were an American Cajun music ensemble from Bayou Grand Louis near Mamou, Louisiana. Its members were five brothers; Dewey on fiddle, Will on fiddle, Rodney on guitar, harmonica, and vocals, Burkeman on triangle and spoons, and Harry on Cajun accordion. The brothers …

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Austin Pitre

Austin Pitre (1918-1981) A brief history… Austin Pitre was born in February of 1918 in the prairie Cajun town of Ville Platte, Louisiana, to Joseph Lezime and Mary Aliza Pitre. His parents were share croppers & the family relocated frequently within the nearby communities to find work. Austin’s family would always sing as they worked …

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Adam Hebert

Adam Hebert (1923-2010) *photo courtesy of David Simpson A brief history… Adam Hebert was born near Church Point, Louisiana on August 23, 1923 and grew up amidst traditional Cajun and country music. At the age of four he was dancing for tips and by the fourth grade was singing Jimmie Rodgers songs for his fellow …

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Acadien Cajun Band

Acadien Cajun Band *photo courtesy of David Simpson A Brief History… South Louisiana has forever been marked with a rich history of music, from blues, rhthym and blues, soul, swamp pop, rock and roll, and, of course, cajun and zydeco music. Within the realm of cajun, creole, and zydeco music, however, there lies an emergence …

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Abe Manuel, Jr.

Abe Manuel, Jr. (a/k/a “Lil’ Abe Manuel”) A Brief History… If you ever are fortunate enough to see and hear him perform, or perhaps have met him in person and laughed at his quick wit, you’ll probably agree that Lil’ Abe is a Cajun combination of Ray Stephens and the late Roger Miller, with a …

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