Ya Boya is a band of musicians coming from very different backgrounds
but sharing a same passion for Irish music.
Rivaud, a young flutist, and his sister Céline, a violinist,
whose peeping energy is channeled and generously shaped by two
brilliant musicians of great renown, the singer Bénédicte
Lécroart and the pandora player Philippe Hunsinger.
Up Ya Boya, the instruments sing along with Bénédicte's
magnificent voice in songs subtly arranged by Philippe, but then
also go wild on reels and jigs – the flute chirps and the
pandora swings and Bénédicte' finely shaded and
colourful voice flies away.
Ya Boya" is an expression people use in Ireland to encourage
musicians to give their best and the band chose to make it their
in a family in which singing is a mother tongue, Bénédicte
used her vocal skills to the greatest benefit of a wide range
of musics – she won the award for best soloist in "Jazz
de la Défense", but she also sings in traditional
music bands such as Morrigane or Silkie.
Not only did she charm Walt Disney's "beast" (she
gave her voice to "the beauty" in the French version
of the cartoon) but also great performers such as Gilbert Bécaud,
Michel Fugain, Elsa, Patricia Kaas and Sheila.
Invited to take part in various recordings, she notably featured
on "l'Anthologie de la chanson française",
and more recently on Gwendal's latest CD.
started playing Irish music in the band "Inis" and
then joined the bands "Mugar" and "Dirty Linen".
She was a teacher in Ris Orangis's Centre for Traditional Music
and in the Association of Paris, where she regularly plays with
her brother for the dancing classes. She also plays in an Irish
music string quartet, "Monaghan String Quartet".
studying the cello for fifteen years, Baptiste discovered a passion
for the flute. He first played the panpipes in a Gipsy music band
and then joined his sister in her sessions in Parisian pubs and
learned the Irish flute. He now plays for the dancing classes
of the Irish Association of Paris, and is a member of the band
"Deirim", plays with the harpist Bénédicte
Riou and is part of the dancing company "Celti'c Dance Cie".
soon as in the 1970s, this brilliant guitarist was charmed by
Irish music and the bouzouki, which he learned by listening to
the greatest artists – Donal Lunny, Paul Brady, Andy Irvine,
Since then, he has never stopped refining his own style and has
played in numerous bands: Morrigane, Paris Brest, Mugar, Taxi
mauve, O’Stravaganza, Le Gop.