French Cafe Music in Whiting Bay Hall
Saturday 13th July, 7.30pm
Les Trois Blondes are the only band in Scotland specialising in Bal Musette, the French café music of Paris. Perhaps to one’s surprise, there is a very strong tradition with Scottish accordionists of playing this style of music which is mostly in waltz tempo. The band comprises John Burns (lead accordion), George Burns, his brother (2nd accordion) and Fergus Wood (drums and compere). John Burns is the current Musette Champion of Scotland and former All-Scotland Accordion Champion.
Much of the music played by the band features numbers made famous by Maurice Chevalier and Edith Piaf, the little sparrow and several items in their programme of over 80 compositions are by the two Burns brothers. When not playing musette, the band’s mainline work is ceilidh music, which has taken them all round the World. Trois Blondes is a double entendre in the context of the band, it means “Three Pints of Lager”, please!
During their visit to Arran they will be playing a mix of Watzes, Foxtrots and Tangos by various French composers.