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Les Trois Blondes

Les Trois Blondes

a varied set of waltzes, polkas and foxtrots, the Burns brothers each demonstrating their virtuosity on the box...the audience hummed and swayed along. The set concluded with a selection of jigs and reels that almost brought the audience to the dance floor.

Oban Times

My husband and I were in the audience last night to hear Les Trois Blondes play during the Balerno Music Festival.  We thoroughly enjoyed the concert.  Having lived in France, in the north Dordogne and then the Hautes-Pyrénées for over 11 years it brought back very happy memories.  The evening also transported us back to Paris - a city we love.

Balerno Music Festival

Trio - Instrumental


  • John Burns - Accordion
  • George Burns - Accordion
  • Fergus Wood - Drums


Bal musette music, featuring Parisian café music, made famous by singers such as Maurice Chevalier and Edith Piaf, "The Little Sparrow."

A very varied programme which includes foxtrots, tangos, mazurkas and polkas, in addition to waltzes.

The band can also incorporate ceilidh music, which has taken them all round the world.


Les Trois Blondes are Scotland's only Bal Musette band playing classical Parisian café music. The trio of 1st and 2nd accordion and drums can play in concert or in a Parisian café setting while wine and food are being served. The show is compèred, telling the audience the story of Bal Musette, particularly during the war years with Edith Piaf, and the link between Scotland and the genre. Trois Blondes is a double entendre in the context of the band – it means "Three Pints of Lager," please!