Up Ya Boya is a band of musicians coming from very different backgrounds but sharing a same passion for Irish music.

Baptiste 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.

In 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.

"Up Ya Boya" is an expression people use in Ireland to encourage musicians to give their best and the band chose to make it their name.


Bénédicte Lécroart

Born 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.

Céline Rivaud

Céline 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".

Baptiste Rivaud

After 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".

Philippe Hunsinger

As 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, Alec Finn.
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.