BOF! for French and Breton dance and workshops

Since 2000, Bof!  have worked 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 group.

The band’s repertoire is mainly traditional music from Central France and Brittany, but
also includes compositions by members of the band and others.

We have made four CD recordings of our music: see our Music page.

Bof! line-up left to right

  • Phil Lyons            Acoustic guitar, Bass guitar, Vocals
  • Val Woollard         Bagpipes, Recorder, Flute, Hautbois languedocienne, Bells
  • Paddy Butcher    Hurdy gurdy, Diatonic accordeon, Cas-Cas, Cajon, Vocals
  • Simon Haines      Diatonic accordeon, Hurdy gurdy, Vocals

Bof! can offer the following

  • Concert spots: from 30 minutes to full-length folk club sets, for example 2 x 45 minutes.
  • Bals incorporating dances from Central France: Bourrée, Schottische, Mazurka, Polka, Waltz etc.
  • Breton Fest Noz: Gavotte, Hanter dro, An dro, Pach pi, Rond de Saint Vincent, Plinn etc.
  • A comprehensive programme of French and / or Breton dance workshops from Beginner to Advanced level. Our instructors, Phil and Linda Lyons, are highly experienced dance teachers.
  • French music workshops, including singing for accompanying French dancing

We have played at the following

If you wish to get in touch, you can find details on Contact page.