Artist Profiles: Faubourg De Boignard

Raphael Thierry, Faubourg De Boignard

Faubourg De Boignard was born from a meeting between Raphael Thierry (bagpipe, vocals) and Christophe Raillard (diatonic accordion, keyboards) in the late 1980s. In 1987, a first recording “The woman with two husbands” gave the tone, the color, the sound of Faubourg with the complicity of Eric Raillard (Christophe’s brother) at the hurdy-gurdy.

At the beginning of 1990, Gris Didier (violin, mandolin, bouzouki) from Besancon, joined the band. In 1994 Faubourg took its real form with the arrival of Thierry Clement (drums) and Gilles Sommet (bass guitar), both musicians from the Saulieu region. Eric left the band in 1990 to pursue other musical projects.

In 1995, Faubourg De Boignard recorded its first CD La Ravine, on the Acousteak label. The compositions were inspired in traditional music and it received very positive reviews. The band went on tour and played numerous concerts throughout France, Spain, Germany and Belgium.

Christophe Raillard, Faubourg De Boignard

In 1998, the second album Terra Gallica was recorded. It had Eastern music percussion and samples. The album was well received by the public. It was festive and more mature. That same year, Bernard Montrichard (electric guitars, midday and acoustics) of Besancon joined the band.

At the beginning of 2000, the group recorded an album with 4 tracks for Polygamme Music, The Reason of the Others.

Another key member of the band is the sound engineer who works in the shadows, Christophe Gaiffe. He mixes recordings and live concerts.

The band’s name stems from a street in Saulieu that bears this name. On that street, every evening one can hear, spouting from a window, the sounds of a bagpipe.


La femme à deux maris (1987)
La Ravine (Boucherie Productions, 1995)
Terra Gallica (Boucherie Productions, 1988)
La marche de l’ampleur (2008)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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