Bal de Bourdon is a London-based band performing music from France, the Channel Islands and Cornwall, with a penchant for songs 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.
Band members are:
Evrah - voice
Jeremy Halliwell - guitar
Martin - accordion and voice
Karen Yarnell - percussion
Clarissa Carylon - cello and voice
Above photo © Sascha Osaka, www.osaka.at
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 a large bell.
Bal means ball or dance.
Therefore the most likely translation of Bal de Bourdon
is bumblebee's ball ... or drone's dance?