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Album: Premi‚re: Music from Brittany
# Song Title   Time
1)    Dans Loudieg
2)    Demon Lover, The
3)    Ton Bale/Son Ar Rost
4)    Dans an Dro
5)    Jesuitmont
6)    Ton Bale Mur Ha Dans
7)    Gwerz Ar Marc'hadourig Bihan/Autrefois Disait un Guerrier/Ton D‚rob‚e
8)    Bonnie Jean Cameron
9)    Larid‚/An Dro: Laride / An Dro
10)    War Hent Kerrigouarch/Sherrife Muir
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Christian Lemaitre (vocals, guitar, fiddle); So‹g Sib‚ril (vocals, guitar); Jamie McMenemy (vocals, bouzouki, mandolin); Jean-Michel Veillon (vocals, flute, bombard).
  • Liner Note Author: Jamie McMenemy.
  • Recording information: Coffeehouse Extempor‚, Minneapolis, MN (11/08/1983-11/13/1983); Gaston Hall, Georgtown University, Washington DC (11/08/1983-11/13/1983).
  • Arrangers: Christian Lemaitre; Jamie McMenemy; Jean-Michel Veillon; So‹g Sib‚ril.
  • Maybe you don't think of France as a hotbed of Celtic culture. And for the most part, you're right. But Brittany, a region in the west of France, is actually home to an entire Celtic subculture with its own very ancient language and a musical tradition that comes partly from eastern Europe and partly from the same sources as the Gaelic music of Ireland and Scotland. Kornog is a Breton group that was founded by a bouzouki-playing Scots emigre named Jamie McMenemy; the Breton members of the group play fiddle, guitar, and flute. This album is taken from a concert the group played in Minneapolis in 1983, and it's a marvelous recording. Jean-Michel Veillon plays flute and Christian Lemaitre plays fiddle in a style that would fit perfectly in an Irish pub session, but the tunes they play -- with names like "Gwerz Ar Marc'Hadourig Bihan" and "Dans Loudieg" -- have a rhythmic intricacy and a modal edge that set them apart from the Gaelic traditions of Celtic music. "Dans an Dro" includes some lovely interplay between McMenemy's bouzouki and So‹g Sib‚ril's guitar; and "Laride/An Dro" incorporates the bombarde, a reed instrument that plays a central role in Breton music. ~ Rick Anderson
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