Bal de Bourdon is a London-based band performing music from France, the Channel Islands and Cornwall, with a penchant for songs that are rich in melody, drama and stories.
Our repertoire includes traditional music from Brittany and other French regions, and some rare and little-known songs from Cornwall and the Channel Islands - sung in the original languages but in engaging new arrangements with rich vocal harmonies.
Instrumentation includes accordion, guitar, a variety of percussion (including spoons), and our small chorus of voices.
Above photo © Sascha Osaka, www.osaka.at
Band members left to right:
Evrah; Martin; Jeremy Halliwell; Karen Yarnell
The French word bourdon has several meanings, including bumblebee - and other things that create a low drone, such as a type of low-pitched organ stop and large bell. Bal means ball or dance.
Therefore the most likely translation of Bal de Bourdon is bumblebee's ball ... or drone's dance?