Cafe Mondiale is an instrumental duo based in Cambridge, UK, featuring Hugh Boyde on mandolin and Bert Santilly on accordion.

The duo was formed in 1999 and has played a huge range of concerts and events since then, always delighting audiences with the sparkle and romance of the mandolin and accordion sound.

The repertoire is a mixture of French, Italian and South American cafe and dance music, all blended together by this unusual and refreshing combination of instruments. The musicians are equally at home playing in a concert setting or as background.


Cafe Mondiale have recorded 2 CDs which are available for sale

 (see link below).


"a superb collection of global melodies and rhythms"


(Accordion Pro)


About the musicians

CDs and soundclips

Shakey Breaks The Ice:
swing jazz band featuring both of Cafe Mondiale

Hugh’s new folk music project:
Skibboo” and
Half Ton Sessions

Ringing Strings: Hugh’s new music school for guitar, mandolin and ukulele

Moonlight Mandolins:
Cambridge-based mandolin orchestra

High res photo