Dom Duff

Duff the beaten track

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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.

Duff’s music is what French teenagers call ‘ouf’ – by which they mean that Dom’s folk is mad, ‘fou’! But before he came out from his coastal hideaway and set off alone, eschewing the beaten track of Breton music, this Plouescat singer spent ten years as a member of the group Diwall. The year 2000 became synonymous with a giant leap into the unknown, heralding a new era for Breton music. A year with lots of 0s – an ideal time to go solo? 

Passionate rage

Brits call it power folk, and Dom Duff can set your hair on end and your ears on fire with his powerful, aggressive riffs. The lyrics are no less important, rugged and openly rebellious. The inventor of a new form of Breton musical expression, over the course of a decade this guitarist has shown himself to be the songwriter that the entire region was waiting for. He has even turned Breton into an international language, in contrast to current Celtic culture that he feels is too rigid. So there is good in Duff’s passionate rage, it’s a perfect shortcut to high flying. And if that weren’t enough to convince the sceptics, we recommend the albums (Straed an Amann, Lagan, E-unan and Roc’h) recorded by our raging wayfarer – that’ll make them adopt the right roc’h‘n’ roll attitude. These songs tattooed by our very own Dom Quixote, a knight beyond all reproach, now belong to them, and to anyone who wants to listen. Whatever happens, our deserving, dangerous Duff will still be ringing those summoning bells