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Dewey Balfa, Sr
Birth: Mar. 20, 1927
Mamou
Evangeline Parish
Louisiana, USA
Death: Jun. 17, 1992
Eunice
St. Landry Parish
Louisiana, USA

Musician. He was a violinist, known as one of the most influential Cajun musicians of the 20th century. Along with his brothers Rodney, Will, Burkeman and Harry, he played as the Balfa Brothers Band. From the 1950s to 1980s, the band became successful in establishing the traditional Cajun music culture in popularity at many concerts through the "Big Easy", to include the Cajun Music Festival Lafayette, Louisiana, Smithsonian Folkways, Washington D.C. and the Newport Folk Festival, Rhode Island. In 1982 he was awarded the National Heritage Fellowship of the National Endowment for the Arts, the US Government's highest award given to traditional artists. He died in Eunice, Louisiana. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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 Parents:
  Charles Balfa (1897 - 1950)
  Amy Ardoin Balfa (1896 - 1967)
 
 Spouse:
  Hilda Fruge Balfa (1930 - 1980)*
 
 Children:
  Joseph Dewey Balfa (1962 - 1971)*
 
 Siblings:
  Cecile Balfa Granger (1920 - 1990)*
  Dewey Balfa (1927 - 1992)
  Burkeman Joseph Balfa (1936 - 2004)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Saint Augustine Catholic Church Cemetery
Basile
Evangeline Parish
Louisiana, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Joel Manuel
Record added: Aug 14, 2002
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rest in peace
- margaret nelson
 Added: Mar. 13, 2014
You Brought So Much Joy To All Of Us Through your music and kind personage How Could you ever be replaced. May god bless rest your soul Thank you so much for all of the bon musique' and for all of the good times it entailed. Au Revoir Mon Ami. yi ya mon C...(Read more)
- james hay
 Added: Sep. 6, 2013
Forever loved, forever missed. Rest in Peace Dewey Balfa, Sr.
- Quack_Quack
 Added: Aug. 5, 2013
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