The Barbepeste Official Orchestra (or B.O.O) is a French quartet,
halfway between traditional Irish music and world music.
Comprising Yann Righetti (cithern, mandolin, baroque guitar), Isao Bredel
(nyckelharpa, singing), Yann Voegel (low whistle, tin whistle, ney, alto
recorder) and Guilhem Puech (surdo, cuban cajon, military drum, darbouka,
bendir), the band likes to play with old traditional Irish songs and give them
And what about the "Captain Barbepeste" and the pirate aesthetics that flavors
the entire project?
Well, that's the common thread, the guiding light that gives sense to the global
picture. One can imagine a lot of different things listening to the B.O.O., but
the band always pictures pirate ambiances when composing or arranging a song:
one dreams of sirens and tempests, one of jetties and taverns, one of ships that
ran aground and desert islands.
This pirate aesthetic goes beyond the music: historical costumes, old musical
instruments, and a gorgeous artwork around the first album, designed by Jean Luc
Masbou, a famous French comic strip writer who turns out to be a B.O.O. fan!