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Bray, Wilson - Wilson Bray was born in Illinois in 1918, the first of eight children of Montie and Hallie Bray. His father was a fiddle and banjo player, and Wilson learned to play dance tunes on the fiddle from him at an early age, and played at the many square dances his parents put on. He also became a classical violinist and at age14 played a weekly radio broadcast over station WILL in Champaign, Illinois. At age16 he played in the first violin section of the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra and for numerous operas for the University Theatrical Department. During this time he also taught violin at the McKinney Conservatory of Music. In later years as an adult he played in the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra and Pasadena Symphony Orchestra. Wilson Bray was the brother of well known banjoist Harley Bray. In 1995, he came to Seattle to attend the Northwest Folklife Festival. Mr. Bray was one of those rare fiddlers today who was also trained as a classical violinist and could switch seamlessly from playing violin in the local symphony orchestra to playing a dance. We were anxious to meet Mr. Bray as we had been playing bluegrass with Harley and Shera Bray for some time and had learned a tune called Sam & Elzie from Harley, who played it on the banjo, but said it was a fiddle tune his brother, Wilson, played. Wilson learned it from their father. It is believed that the tune was named for Sam and Elzie Crutchfield, father and son, who ran square dances in the early 1900s near Omega, Illinois. So, when Wilson was here we had a great jam session with him and finally heard Sam & Elzie played on the fiddle. At the same jam session, Wilson played a tune he wrote, which the Brays named after their brother Darwan. Harley Bray is playing banjo, Shera Bray, guitar, Phil Williams, bass.
The Balfa Brothers Play Traditional Cajun Music, Vols. 1-2 combines both of the group's original Play Traditional Cajun Music albums onto one disc. The first volume was released on Swallow Records in 1965 and helped kick-start the Cajun revival of the '60s. It's an excellent album, featuring wonderful harmonies from Rodney , Will , and Dewey , as well as stellar instrumental work. The second volume, recorded and released in 1974, isn't quite as strong as its predecessor, but it is still very good and is filled with terrific music. Both albums represent the Balfa Brothers at their peak. They may have a number of very good albums in their catalog, but The Balfa Brothers Play Traditional Cajun Music, Vols. 1-2 effectively explains what they are all about.