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From Penwith in the far west of Cornwall, Bagas Degol means simply 'feast day band' - music for celebration, ritual and dance. Their distinctive and stirring sound, delivered with a powerful raw edge, is not easy to categorise but has been described as `the musical embodiment of a Breugel painting'.
In 2001, David Twomlow, Rick Williams and Dave Trahair formed Bagas Degol to provide the traditional processional music to accompany the famous Tom Bawcocks Lantern Procession in Mousehole, Cornwall.
The band has since grown and evolved, developing their unique and atmospheric sound which ranges from hypnotic ceremonial pieces to rousing dance sets, contemporary and traditional songs. They continue to source much of their repertoire from Cornwall, but also draw on folk and dance traditions from across Europe, combining bagpipes, vocals, guitar, mandolin, clarinet, tabor drum and percussion to create an elemental and primitive feel whilst using tightly constructed harmonies and arrangements which build with purpose.
Bagas Degol website