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Drums and music

Office du Tourisme de Binche
Grand-Place 5
7130 Binche
Tel: 064/311.580
Fax: 064/339.029
Email: tourisme@binche.be

musicians

Every society has its own drums. A drums group includes 6 or 7 tambours, a bass drum player and a bass drum carrier. All the drums play the same melodies in the rhythm of the “ra” and the “fla” but every group plays on his own way. In Binche, the Gille never walks without a tambour which gives rhythm to his dance.

During the soumonces in music and the afternoon processions, the drums are accompanied by a brass orchestra.
There is 26 Gilles melodies in Binche : Air classique des Gilles - Lion de Belgique - Le postillon de Longjumeau – Le Sans souci - Le petit jeune homme de Binche - L’ambulant - Vivent les Bleus - Paysan s’en va - Eloi à Charleroi – Cavalcade - Le juif errant - La classe – Sérénade - Pas de charge - Mère tant pis - Vos arez in aubade – Arlequin - Les d’gins de l’Estène - El doudou - Quand m’grand-mère - Les chasseurs - Trompette des cent gardes - Les marins - Les brigands - Polka marche and Aubade matinale, only played on Shrove Tuesday morning until the daybreak.

The viola is another typical instrument of the folklore of Binche, and it accompanies the Youth on Shrove Tuesday but also small groups on Shrove Sunday morning. The viola is transportable barrel organ of which the keyboard and the bellows works with a cylinder which is moved by a handle, called “manique”. The viola player is called « Le manniqueu ».