France: Traditional Music of Berry presents light and enjoyable folk music traditionals, most often in original arrangements by the musicians of La Chaînée Castelloise. The group features founder and hurdy-gurdy virtuoso Jean-Claude Laporte; Delphine Bordat on bagpipe, vocals, and diatonic accordion; violinist Cécile Gourgon; and Magali Bordat on hurdy-gurdy and vocals. The bagpipe (18-thumb-length for this recording) and hurdy-gurdy are a complementary team in the traditional music of Berry that includes polkas ("Polka du Maréchal,") waltzes, and schottisches ("Scottish á Mallochet"). Most of the songs heard are instrumentals, with the exception of "Six Amants à Choisir" and "La Bergère et le Cavalier." Some of the instrumental highlights include the dance tune "Delo" and the more solemn "Épicéa/Scottibo," but the music is well played and enjoyable throughout on an album that is overall quite upbeat and sunny.
AllMusic Review by Joslyn Layne