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 Balfa Heritage Week
 2007 ● Nightly Dances
Overview of Dewey Balfa Cajun
and Creole Heritage Week

The 2007 Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Week, held April 20-26 at Chicot State Park, attracted about 105 campers coming from some 40 states and six foreign countries. The daytime activities  were limited to the campers, but each evening members of the surrounding communities joined the campers for dances featuring top Cajun, Creole, and Zydeco bands. 

The Heritage Week, sponsored by Louisiana Folk Roots, is named in honor of the late Dewey Balfa, a phenomenal musician who played a key role in reviving and preserving the French cultures of Southwest Louisiana. For more information on the Balfa Heritage Week, go to the Louisiana Folk Roots web site.

Shown below are photos from each of the evening dances, plus the dance that started Sunday afternoon. Included are shots using a flash plus a few taken with available light. Click on thumbnails to access larger photos.

Photos of Roots Heritage Day, held Saturday, April 21, an event open to both campers and the community, are posted on a separate page.

Still photos, of course, do not offer much beyond a sense of the visual ambience. For videos, trying searching "Balfa Camp" or similar terms in YouTube and be sure to check out the photos and videos at

Balfa Toujours, Friday, April 20 
Shown are Courtney Granger on fiddle, Dirk Powell on accordion, Todd Aucoin on drums, Christine Balfa Powell on guitar (daughter of Dewey Balfa), and Peter Schwarz on bass. Coz Fontenot was a guest performer. Kevin Wimmer, the band's other fiddler, was performing elsewhere as a member of the Red Stick Ramblers, but he is shown further down the page on Monday evening with Ray Abhsire.



Sunday, April 22

Don Fontenot et Les Amis Louisiane
Don Fontenot is shown on accordion, with Mark Young (giving his donkey bray during "Ride the Donkey") on fiddle and keyboard, Karl Deshotels on guitar, Layton Thibodeaux on bass, and Kurt Daigle on drums.


The Lucky Playboys
Ward Lormand is on accordion and D'Jalma Garnier is on fiddle, with Blake Castille on guitar.


The Creole Cowboys
The Creole Cowboys are led by Jeffery Broussard on accordion (and fiddle), with D'Jalma Garnier on guitar, Corey Broussard on guitar, Clifton Broussard on bass, Jay Matthews on scrubboard, and Troy Gaspard on drums.


Ray Abshire and Friends, Monday, April 22
Ray Abshire on accordion is shown with Kevin Wimmer on fiddle, Courtney Granger on fiddle and vocals, Brent Abshire on guitar; and Alan LaFleur on upright bass.



Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Tuesday, April 22
The Mamou Playboys include Steve Riley on accordion (and fiddle), David Greely on fiddle, Sam Broussard on guitar, Brazos Huval on bass, and Kevin Ardoin on drums. Christine Balfa Powell was a guest musician.



Geno Delafose and French Rockin' Boogie, Wednesday, April 24


The Pine Leaf Boys, Thursday, April 26
The Pine Leaf Boys include Wilson Savoy on accordion (and fiddle), Cedric Watson on fiddle (and accordion), Jon Bertrand on guitar, Blake Miller on bass, and Drew Simon on drums, with Paul Edwards joining the group on rubboard. Coz Fontenot was a guest musician.



Posted 5-18-07.

All photographs and text by David Simpson.

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