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Music of the French Provinces

by Tour de France

Traditional tunes and songs from Paris and the provinces in unique arrangements, featuring cornemuses (French bagpipes), hurdy-gurdys, accordions, violins and other instruments. - CD Baby "Editor's Pick".
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Bourrée d'Aurore Sand
3:44 $0.99
2. Rose
3:22 $0.99
3. Branle de Poitou
4:00 $0.99
4. Le Tailleur de Pierre
4:02 $0.99
5. Ann's September Waltz
2:34 $0.99
6. March From the Baths/La Velhada
2:10 $0.99
7. Mon Lilas
4:24 $0.99
8. Tambourin/Fanfare
3:47 $0.99
9. L'Accordéon
4:02 $0.99
10. Marche de Vénerie
4:09 $0.99
11. Valse pour Joseph/Rosette
3:13 $0.99
12. L'Orientale/Les Trois Canards
4:25 $0.99
13. Bourree Corrèzienne/Paro Lou Loup/Prends Garde au Loup
3:19 $0.99
14. La Trotteuse
3:59 $0.99
15. En Passant la Rivière/Carrée de Vovray
3:27 $0.99
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Album Notes
TOUR DE FRANCE-Music of the French Provinces contains 55 minutes of the band's arrangements of traditional French music played by the group and special guests on both authentic acoustic regional folk and other instruments. The beautiful songs and infectious rhythms of the dance music presented are sure to please the listener and set dancers in motion. The colorful and informative 8 page booklet includes information on each track, and includes the lyrics of all three songs in both French and English. The band has been featured on "A Prairie Home Companion" PRI radio show as well as in many major West Coast (U.S.) music festivals.

Tour de France features four of the most prominent musicians playing traditional French music in the U.S.:
ARRIGO D'ALBERT - vielle à roue (hurdy-gurdy), continental (button) chromatic accordion, guitar and vocals
ALAN KEITH - cornemuses (French bagpipes), diatonic accordion, and other wind and percussion instruments
DEBRA DAWSON - vielle à roue (hurdy-gurdy), violin and vocals
VICKIE YANCY - diatonic and piano accordions, flute and vocals.

Special guest musicians are: Gary Breitbard - piano accordion; Rita Crane - vocals; Ernie Fischbach - mandolin & oud; Michael Hubbert - violin; John Paul - vocals & diatonic accordion; W.B. Reid - banjo-guitar; Marcia Sloane - cello; Brian Steeger - oud; Marianne Steeger - Middle-Eastern percussion; Peter Temple - bass guitar; and Peter White - drums.

CHECK THIS OUT! - Many of these same artists can be heard on FRENCH CREEK 's - 'Fait en Californie' CD - a French traditional music album also available from CD Baby.

EXTRA! - Musicians: Ask for a free (with CD purchase) copy of the 14 page CD Companion Tunebook (available through the Tour de France web-site link).



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Kim Elliott, California

The instruments, vocals and arrangements are amazing.
Just close your eyes and you are transported to the
sidewalk cafes in Paris.

Marian Phillips

Tour de France: Music of the French Provinces
A pleasure to listen to, and a good source for tunes to learn if you happen to play an instrument. Who knew George Sand had a tune written for her, and such a fun one, too?

MD - Sing Out Magazine (Summer, 2004)

A varied and beautiful debut recording.
While many bands include one or two bourrées or bransles in their concerts these days, few have taken the opportunity to give in-depth attention to the dance music and folksongs of the French countryside. The members of TOUR DE FRANCE have done just that in this varied and beautiful debut recording.

Steve Winick - Dirty Linen Magazine (Apr/May 2004)

Even those accustomed to the best groups from France will not be dissappointed.
The members of Tour de France do a very good job of living up to their models, and make a satifying album of branles,
bourrées, and waltzes; even those accustomed to the best groups from France will not be dissappointed.

Folknik - SF Folk Music Club newsletter

Just a great album all around.
From the very first moments of this fine CD of traditional French music, you know you're in good hands. Rather than present something obscure and folkloric-sounding, they've assembled a package of very accessible tune sets and vocal music very interestingly produced, without compromising the traditional feeling. Just a great album all around...and about as good an introduction you'll get to this music short of ordering recordings from France.

David Smith - Dearborn, MI

I can't begin to tell you how much I have been enjoying your CD.
I can't begin to tell you how much I have been enjoying your "Tour de France" CD. The tune selections, instrumentation, voices and arrangements are so incredibly enjoyable to listen to. Together with an excellent sound recording, who could ask for more.