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St Chartier Festival 2006 (32 images)

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During its annual International Festival of Luthiers and Maîtres Sonneurs, the tiny French village of Saint Chartier is host to probably the greatest concentration of bagpipe and hurdy-gurdy players on earth.

The festival began as a specialist affair for instrument makers (Luthiers) and players of instruments with drones (Maîtres Sonneurs), but has grown to encompass a much wider range of musical interests and tastes. Now two festivals co-exist side-by-side, although...
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