Breton artists

  • Alan Stivell

    Alan Stivell’s musical career, now spanning half a century, may be a puzzle to some. But despite this longevity, the Breton icon’s music has not degenerated into all froth and no substance. On the contrary – the star continues to marry the Celtic tradition with a modern, universal style of music. How long must we wait for an Alan Stivell festival?

  • Gilles Servat

    Gilles Servat

    A humble servant to the Breton cause, Gilles Servat is one of Brittany’s most prominent singers. Although you wouldn’t think it to look at this unassuming man, his song La Blanche Hermine has become a staple, chorused by Breton children for over 40 years. It’s the official anthem for the entire region, and the man who wrote it deserves an official accolade.

     

  • Dan Ar Braz

    Raised on the great guitarists of the seventies, for more than forty years Dan Ar Braz’s abrasive guitar has been shaping the landscape of modern Breton music. From Jimi Hendrix to Alan Stivell, this artist from Quimper offers a Héritage Des Celtes with added touches of the universal.

  • Erik Marchand

    Érik Marchand

    With his deep voice and his mysterious clarinet tones, Erik Marchand is no travelling merchant, but he is a pedlar of Breton culture. As secret as he is discreet, this most Breton of Parisians is a past master of rhyming Poullaouen, where he has his Breton second home, with Boulaouane, the famous Moroccan wine.

  • Yann Fanch Kemener

    Yann-Fanch Kemener

    How would you paint a picture of Yann-Fanch Kemener? You would show a bard ready for battle, willing to do anything to raise the Breton colours high and to make sure that this region’s music is recognised as a musical style in its own right across the four corners of the globe.

  • Tri Yann

    Tri Yann

    With all of France singing and dancing to the Jument de Michao, most people have forgotten that Tri Yann is a Breton group. And still in rude health, after performing onstage without skipping a beat for nearly 40 years. Even though Tri Yann’s ‘Three Jeans’ have hit their fourth decade of music-making, they show no signs of slowing down.

  • Denez Prigent album Irvi

    Denez Prigent

    No other singer has ever managed to see Breton tradition flourishing in contemporary music. Master of ceremonies for traditional Breton festou-noz festivals running at 170bpm, Denez Prigent was bold enough to have a crack at electro-noz. And how did it turn out? A resounding success.

  • Red Cardell

    Red Cardell

    Melting pot, melting pop, twenty years on and the group Red Cardell is still at the forefront of Celtic rock. At their Bal or Banquet de Cristal, with more guests than you can count, these Quimper compères aren’t done lighting up Brittany with their Soleil Blanc sun – several times a day…

  • Startijenn

    Startijenn

    Take two experts at triggering bomb(ard) alerts. Add a diabolic diatonic accordion player and a guitarist who constantly has the itch. What do you get? The bundle of energy and excitement that is Startijenn. So, music lovers: on your marks…!

  • Hamon Martin Quintet

    Hamon Martin Quintet

    Since 1998 and the sweet scent of their album La Violette, the Hamon – Martin duo have had plenty of time and talent to capitalise on its success. Whether as a duet or quintet, this Redon group are still humming away with their happy, toe-tapping tunes. A perfect way to brighten your day.

  • Didier Squiban

    Exquisite – that’s all we can say to describe the artist Didier Squiban, intricately weaving together the threads of Breton music, jazz and symphonic sound. From the island of Molène to the Iroise Sea, this is a harmonic journey that leaves us with images we will never forget.

  • Dom Duff

    Dom Duff

    Brittany has plenty of apostles, eulogists, ambassadors and defenders. What it needed was a rebel icon – and this has been a done deal since the turn of the new millennium. Dom Duff with his power folk has paved the way for a new style in Breton culture, faithful and fiery. A welcome injection of rage into Brittany.

  • Nolwnen Korbell

    Nolwenn Korbell

    There’s a warning in the title of the first of her four albums: it’s not over! And she was right – forty years after her first steps onto the music scene, Nolwenn Korbell is still our belle and her love story with the public, with Breton and with all of the world’s languages is still going strong. Nolwenn the saint – all together now, one more time!

  • Cécile Corbel

    With her fiery mane, Cécile Corbel doesn’t go unnoticed. And yet, when she sings or bends over her harp, this young Finistère fairy couldn’t be more discreet as she takes up a Breton tradition more timeless than ever. If there were a redhead rose, it would be called Cécile Corbel.

     

  • Nolwenn Leroy

    Nolwenn Leroy

    Reaching number 25 in the international album charts three months after its release, Nolwenn Leroy’s fourth album Bretonne re-echoed like a thunderclap around Landernau. Some accused her of sacrilege, others treated her like a saint, but none of this went to her head – this young Finisterian Star Academy singer really is a star through and through.

  • Yann Tiersen

    Yann Tiersen

    Ever since 1998 and Le Phare, the beacon of Yann Tiersen’s music has been shedding its light on the byways of French song. Just as the threesome of Léo Ferré, Georges Brassens and Jacques Brel lit up the evenings of the post-war generation, a dozen years ago Dominique A, Christophe Miossec and Yann Tiersen were bold enough to take on the same task. A holy trinity where Yann Tiersen, a true Rennes boy from Brest, is more than holding his own.

  • Miossec

    Miossec

    You’d have thought that at some point since the 1995 album Boire, the source would have run dry. But it’s still going strong, and the Finistère singer still hasn’t quenched his thirst – to the delight of his fans. There’s nothing dry about Miossec’s music or words, and we’ll gladly take a glug, even if that means flirting with disaster.

  • Craftmen Club groupe

    Craftmen Club

    Formed in Guingamp at the turn of the millennium, the three grease monkeys of The Craftmen Club are more likely to be seen in horsehair gloves than velvet ones – and definitely not shower mitts. Claiming garage as a way of life, their music smells of sweat and grease. Time to fuel the music!

     

  • Dominique A

    Dominique A

    One year blends into the next, and Dominique A’s albums turn up at regular intervals to lull our days with their bittersweet melancholy. And even if after almost twenty years and eight albums we thought we knew the Musique, his most recent album that came out in 2009, each new release from this adopted son of Nantes is an unforgettable surprise to our ears. So it’s no shock that all his concerts are astounding with a capital A.

  • DJ Zebra

    DJ Zebra

    A zany zebra, a musical mixing star, the Zidane of bootleg, DJ Zebra dares to mash up The Doors and Noir Désir, Katerine and Boney M, Joey Starr and Star Wars together on his decks and create bacchanalia that merits  a place in the annals. And you can see why… This forty year old ex Billy Ze Kick Et Les Gamins En Folie bassist still thinks he can do whatever he likes.

  • Yelle

    Yelle

    Discovered online by internet surfers one fine day in 2005, Yelle is still grabbing life with both hands. A star is born online, and as the album Safari Disco Club with its poptimist electro style seems to be saying, this Saint-Brieuc artist will shine on for a while yet…

  • Success

    Success

    The word is out – Mr Eleganz and his henchmen are first and foremost showmen of the stage. An explosive cocktail of an electro shock, hard rock and raging rap, the musical groove carved out by three Percubaba escapees and one consciously pretentious crooner tells us that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. The chronicle of a runaway Success.

  • Rafale

    Rafale

    Everyone’s mad about the two faces of their music: rhythms worthy of the best dance floors, and radical riffs to make the purest rockers turn pale. With such a delicious schizophrenic frenzy, how can we choose between beauty and the beat?

  • Fortune

    Fortune

    A rolling stone gathers no moss, right? Lionel Pierres has set his electro rolling and gathers… Fortune! Together with Pony Pony Run Run, this Breton trio seem to be confirming a geological phenomenon that actually makes lots of sense: the famous French house sound is creeping slowly but surely from Paris into western France.

  • The Wankin’ Noodles

    Still babies of the music scene, The Wankin’ Noodles already have a foothold on the summit of Rennes, (and even French) rock. These pasta masters in the art of recycling sixties rock deserve a place in the NME headlines. Wankin’ are top of the wanted list!

  • Montgomery

    Montgomery

    You’d have thought that since 2009 and their Stromboli album, there would be nothing new left for Montgomery to do. But don’t forget the streams of live music which our favourite volcano from Rennes keeps shooting onto the music scene. These constant and unexpected eruptions are a reminder that the firebrands are still far from being burnt out.

  • Renan Luce

    Renan Luce

    Brittany is of course renowned for its legendary lighthouses, that shine out like stars to guide the shepherds of the sea. However, it should also be known for Renan Luce, a luminous firefly of French music since the release of Repenti in 2006. Its successor Le Clan Des Miros shines just as brightly, weaving a colourful tapestry of sound.

  • Bikini Machine

    Bikini machine

    So is it the string guitars that give the group Bikini Machine its name? The fact remains that the band, formed in 2001 from the ashes of another Rennes legend called Skippies, regularly turns Brittany’s capital on its head.