Bombard and Biniou [benew] are the traditional instruments of the Breton (Brittany, Breizh) country. Traditionally played together, the duo bombard-biniou epitomizes the richness of Breton music. Nowadays, Bombard and Biniou are also played in breton bands such as Bagad, Fest noz bands...
The Bombard is part of the oboe family. It consists of a chanter ending with a conical horn used to amplify the sound. traditionally made of boxwood or ebony, she usually has six finger holes, and sometimes one or more additional holes that are plugged with keys which allow to obtai lower notes or semitones.
The Biniou (prononce it [benew]) is part of the great family of bagpipes. It consists of a leather bag, a blowpipe to fil the bag with air, a melodic drone producing a continuous rating, and finally a chanter on which the melody is played.
Photo : Youn Roue (bombard) & Konogan An Habask (biniou) from Startijenn (Fest noz band)