On June 21, the day of the summer solstice, it is also the festival of music. The opportunity for us to make you discover, or rediscover, some Breton groups and Breton songs that are worth their weight in peanuts. Atmosphere with a totally subjective list.
Tri Bleiz Die (“three wolves of God”) is a Breton punk rock band from Nantes, in Loire-Atlantique. The group, which sings only in Breton, was formed in 1998 and separated in 2006. The group met for a concert at Le Ferrailleur, in Nantes, in 2016 and reformed in 2018. 4 albums in total, which are all worth seeing.
And a song, Aï’ta (standing) in tribute to the Breton political prisoners of the time, at the end of the 90s.
We continue in the excellent groups which gave their support to the Breton political prisoners at the time (in particular via the compilation “Songs for them to find themselves” produced by Eric Leost at the time). It’s Seven Reizh, made up of the Breton duo Claude and Gérard, and on the song below, Bleunwenn, and his magnificent voice.
Another Celtic and militant rock group, which the youngest may not know, EV EV (Strange Truth or Being-Vroadel, international in Breton) is a French Celtic rock and indie rock band, from Nantes, in Loire-Atlantique. It was founded in 1981 by four musicians, two Bretons (Gweltaz and Sylvain) and two Finnish brothers (Harri and Jari), and ceased its activities in 2007. Their musical style is rock with Breton and Celtic influences, but also new wave , folk or pop. They define themselves as a Celtic-Finnish rock band. The texts of their songs are in Breton, French and Finnish. The fame of the group was forged on stage, with more than 1,000 concerts to their credit. We owe them 5 studio albums and two live albums.
We also owe them a memorable cover of Glenmor’s song, Kan Bale An ARB, the marching song of the Breton revolutionary army. Listen below.
Another Breton group, which had become known in particular at the time of the new “Celtic wave” of the end of the 90s, came from Lorient and was called Armens. It is a group formed by 6 musicians and which has released 6 albums, among which we will especially remember the first.
We continue with Krozal, (in Breton, “to scold”). It is an ephemeral music group that existed in 2000. It was made up of members of the Tornaod group and Claude Samard. The latter, having composed music on the sinking of theErika, was looking for a Breton group to interpret it, and recorded with Tornaod a mini-album of six titles relating to this oil spill. We let you discover the flagship song of this mini cd.
Also in Brittany, in the 2000s appeared, for an album, a group called Aquilonia. A group classified in the “Rock Identity” category, which released a quality album, on the Memorial Records label (which produced In Memoriam). We let you discover this album below
Do we still have to present Soldat Louis? Originally from Lorient, the group mixes traditional music from Brittany with classic rock instruments – electric guitar as well as acoustic, drums, bass, etc — the Scottish bagpipe (Biniou-Braz in Breton), the Irish bagpipes and the bombarde as far as traditional music is concerned. The two founding members, still present in the group, are Renaud Detressan (alias Gary Wicknam) and Serge Danet (alias Soldat Louis). In total, 9 albums, and thousands of concerts. For an essential group in Brittany.
He is a singer less known than the great Breton bards, and yet has a voice that will make any music lover shiver. He is (or rather he was, because he died in 2012, carried away by the crab), Michel Tonnerre. He founded in Lorient in 1970 with Mikaël Yaouank the group Djiboudjep with which he collaborated for a long time, before leading a solo career. We owe him 9 albums, and cult songs in Brittany, so cult that they were taken up even after his death by the Tonnerre crew. We show you one below.
We are now heading to Spain and more precisely to the autonomous province of Castile and Leon. And we continue in rock, with Celtas Cortos, a group formed in Valladolid in 1986. It is made up of eight members. The group’s name comes from a brand of Spanish cigarettes. A group with Latin influences certainly, but also Celtic. 20 albums in total, and some great songs, so the one below.
And finally, a detour to Australia. The Rumjacks are indeed a formation from Sydney formed in 2008. A group that has released 5 albums and met with great success during various tours in Europe. To discover below, in conclusion. Cheers, Sláinte Mhaith, Yec’hed Mat, Cheers!
Photo credit: DR
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