Bois et Charbon play Gypsy Swing or Gypsy Jazz - the style made made famous in France in the 1930s and 40s by Django Reinhardt. The music is full of passion and colour and is highly virtuosic.

Melbourne, VIC, Australia


Bois et Charbon play Gypsy Swing or Gypsy Jazz - the style made made famous in France in the 1930s and 40s by Django Reinhardt. The music is full of passion and colour and is highly virtuosic.

Bois et Charbon’s line-up consists of Paul McIver and Peter Baylor on Guitar, Paul Winter on Clarinet/ Tenor Saxophone and John O'Hagan, Upright Bass. Their repertoire is made up of Django Reinhardt compositions, Musette Waltzes and Jazz Standards. They have two produced two CDs, "Swingin' at the Tannery" and ''Ma Premier".

Bois et Charbon are highly sought after professional performers having played residencies at numerous bars in Melbournes' inner North including, The Wesley Anne, The Builders Arms, Lentil as Anything, The Edinburgh Castle, Open Studio and Bar 303. Of course the band loves to perform at functions of all kinds as well. Here is what some of their satisfied clients have had to say:

Thank you so much! Bois at Charbon was perfect and the positive feedback has been resounding on your marvelous sounds. I sincerely hope all those who have asked me where to find you guys leads to further bookings for further congenial, laid-back occasions. Looking forward to next time!

I loved the fabulous swinging music and fun vibes that Bois et Charbon brought to my birthday party. The music brightened the party and was loved by everyone. Thank you so much for playing!

I just wanted to thank you most sincerely for your performance last Sunday for Nance's 90th Birthday. I think it was one of your best. It made such a spectacular difference to the afternoon, and very many people commented to me on how good you were. Also your rendition of "Some Enchanted Evening" was spectacular. You transformed it into something the originators could only have dreamed of.
Very best wishes,

Bois et Charbon created the perfect atmosphere for our garden fair, laid back and festive. Their blend of mellow jazz reached a wide audience and encouraged our visitors to relax and enjoy both the music and the day.
Elsepth Brock- Ilma Lever Gardens- Theraputic Horticulture

Pronounced Bwa-ze-Char-bon, the name is French and means wood and charcoal. In France, wood and charcoal are often sold at pubs, and so the name appears frequently in France, the original home of Gypsy Jazz.

Recent Performance History

  • 12 June 2010: The Boite World Music Cafe, Fitzroy
  • 11 June 2010: Live to air on Local and Live 3CR
  • 8 June 2010: Live to Air on Trans Europa Express 3PBS
  • 12 May 2010: Marquis of Lorne, Fitzroy
  • 10 April 2010: Marquis of Lorne, Fitzroy
  • Thursdays in April 2010: The Wesley Anne, Northcote
  • 10 March 2010: Marquis of Lorne, Fitzroy
  • Sundays in February 2010 : The Builders Arms, Fitzroy
  • Sundays in December 2009: The Wesley Anne, Northcote
  • 14-17 August 2009: Bellingen Jazz Festival


  • After you've gone
  • Anouman
  • Avalon
  • Bessarabian Hora
  • Billet Doux
  • Body and Soul
  • Charleston
  • Cherokee
  • China Boy
  • Crazy Rhythm
  • Danube
  • Dinette
  • Djangology
  • Double Scotch
  • Douce Ambiance
  • Embracable You
  • For Babs
  • la Gitane
  • How High the Moon
  • I can't believe that you're in love with me
  • I love you
  • I never knew
  • In a Sentimental Mood
  • I wonder where my baby is tonight
  • Japanese Sandman
  • Latcho Drom
  • Laura
  • Limehouse Blues
  • Love me or leave me
  • Manoir des mes Reves
  • Melodie au Crepuscule
  • Mire Pral
  • My Melancholy Baby
  • Noto Swing
  • Nuages
  • One Note Swing
  • Out of Nowhere
  • Paprika
  • Passion
  • Puttin’ on the Ritz
  • Rose Room
  • Rosetta
  • September Song
  • Seul ce Soir
  • Si tu Savais
  • Solitude
  • Some of these Days
  • Stardust
  • Swing Gitane
  • Swing '39
  • Swing '41
  • Swing ’42
  • Swing Valse
  • Them there Eyes
  • There will never be another you
  • Three Little Words
  • Topsy
  • Troubland Bolero
  • Valse de Niglos
  • Waltz in D minor
  • What is this thing called love

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