TOURDION is a UK-based band specialising in traditional French songs and tunes.
The band is equally at home offering lively music and instruction for dancing or providing a mixture of songs and tunes in a concert setting.
A Tourdion dance event is very similar to the more familiar British ceilidh or barn dance. This band's repertoire, though, is not from the UK but is drawn from all parts of France - from Brittany to Provence and all places in between.
Just like a ceilidh, Tourdion provide a "caller" who can talk the dancers through each dance, and demonstrate the moves if necessary.
Tourdion's caller is Florence - a French girl who has lived in the UK for many years but has an amazing wealth of traditional French dances and, incidentally, speaks excellent English - so there is no worry about being able to understand her instructions!
Florence also plays bodhran and sings.
Terry dips into his immense repertoire of traditional tunes, which he plays on hurdy-gurdies and épinette des Vosges of his own making, and other stringed instruments; he also sings.
Andy plucks a mean mandolin.
Paul provides tasty melodeon and guitar, and also sings.
Si adds twiddly bits on a variety of whistles, or occasionally clarinet.
Debbie on djembe, supplies a driving rhythm.