20231208: Friday 8th December 2023: Bof!
Support: Robin Gillan
At the Golden Hind, 355 Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 1SP
8pm (Doors open 7:30pm)
Entry: £12(door), £11(advance), £10(members).
Bof! line-up left to right
• Gwendal Moële Vocals
• Val Woollard Bagpipes, Recorder, Flute, Desk bells
• Simon Haines Diatonic accordeons, Vocals
• Phil Lyons Acoustic guitar, Bass guitar, Vocals
In 2000, Bof! started playing as a four-piece band specializing in traditional French and Breton music for dancing or listening to. During that time we have played in folk clubs, for dance groups and at festivals in England and France, as well as organising regular French and Breton dance workshops and public dances in East Anglia, as part of the Burybal and Prêt à Danser groups. Breton singer Gwendal Moële became a full-time member of our line-up in 2018.
The band’s repertoire is mainly traditional music from Central France and Brittany, but also includes compositions by members of the band and others.
Robin Gillan delivers songs with power and sensitivity. His fiddle playing conjures backwoods mountain scenes and soft rainy pastures. Equally adept at 5 string banjo, fiddle, harmonica, guitar and melodeon, Robin draws from the music of the British Isles and the USA. His playing has rawness, balanced by technical ability, producing an archaic sound rarely achieved in the 21st century.