Bodega (bagpipe)

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For other uses, see Bodega (disambiguation).
 Bodega player during Carnaval Biarnés
Bodega player during Carnaval Biarnés

Bodega or craba is an Occitan term for a type of French bagpipe played in Montagne Noire, particularly within the French departments of Tarn, Aude, Hérault, and Haute-Garonne. It is also the name given to outdoor bars or cellars with festive music during ferias.

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The bag is generally of goatskin (or sometimes sheepskin) in which are set wooden stocks to hold the pipes, generally of boxwood. The pipes include:

  • blowpipe (bufet) through which air is blown into the bag
  • chanter (graile) on which the melody is played, using a double-reed
  • drone (bonda) which sounds a continuous harmonising note. The drone rests on the shoulder of the player, and uses a single reed

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