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 Dewey Balfa Sr.

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Dewey Balfa Sr. Famous memorial

Birth
Mamou, Evangeline Parish, Louisiana, USA
Death
17 Jun 1992 (aged 65)
Eunice, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, USA
Burial
Basile, Evangeline Parish, Louisiana, USA
Memorial ID
6684792 View Source

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.

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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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: Joel Manuel
  • Added: 14 Aug 2002
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 6684792
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/6684792/dewey-balfa: accessed ), memorial page for Dewey Balfa Sr. (20 Mar 1927–17 Jun 1992), Find a Grave Memorial ID 6684792, citing Saint Augustine Catholic Church Cemetery, Basile, Evangeline Parish, Louisiana, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave.