Cleoma Breaux Falcon

Press PLAY to view Cleoma Breaux Falcon's 'C'est Si Triste Sans Lui' (Louisiana Cajun).

Anthology of American Folk Music

Originally a 1952 vinyl release. The Smithsonian's six-CD reissue is painstakingly researched, annotated, and packaged. Unlike field recorders, eccentric filmmaker/collector/musicologist Harry Smith assembled the Anthology from commercially released 78 rpm discs issued between 1927 and 1935. Its broad scope from country blues to Cajun social music to Appalachian murder ballads was monumentally influential, setting musicians like Bob Dylan down the path to folk fandom. This deluxe 6-CD collector's boxed set contains a 96-page book featuring Harry Smith's original songbook framed by essays by Greil Marcus and other noted writers, musicians, and scholars.

Track 7 on Disk 6 is 'C'est Si Triste Sans Lu' by Cleoma Breaux & Joseph Falcon.
Cleoma Breaux Falcon was born to Mr. & Mrs. Auguste Breaux in 1905 and died in 1941. In 1928, Cleoma Breaux Falcon along with her husband, Joe Falcon, recorded in New Orleans, Louisiana, the first Cajun French song, "Lafayette" (Alons à Lafayette). People marveled at the wonderful sound produced by a man playing an accordion and a woman playing a guitar. The record was a huge success. Cleoma Breux Falcon has the honor of being the first Cajun lady to be inducted into the Cajun Music Hall of Fame.