Since 2004, the Brittany Society of Ireland, BreizhÉire, organises the Brittany Day in Ireland during the month of May. Like last year, it takes place at The Cobblestone.
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The night starts at 7 pm to finish late and there are nearly six hours of concerts where everybody is invited to dance to the folk music of Brittany, and also from Ireland and France.
That’s what we call the Fest Noz in Brittany. It could be compared to a Céilí in Ireland. It means, the “Night Party” where everybody dances together, by holding hands. It’s very common over there and very easy dancing. The people dance together in groups or in couples, following the different tunes of the singers and musicians on stage.
And… delicious crepes – the traditional food of Brittany, will be made on-site by local Bretons in the adjacent semi-outdoor terrazzo, so even if dancing is not for you – come along and enjoy the music and the food!
Coming especially from Brittany and Belfast for this night, three bands will play nearly six hours on this famous traditional stage of The Cobblestone. Hup!
Three musicians form this band from Brittany. They are based around Kemper in the south-west. Young musicians, they already have a long experience of concerts and Fest Noz. They played in most of the biggest festival in traditional music (Festival Interceltique of Lorient, Festival Yaouank in Rennes, Festival de Cornouaille in Kemper…)
The energy of the uilleann pipes and flutes, Yeltaz Guerneau, the power of the folk electric guitar, Thibault Niobé, and the groove of the drums, Kentin Julliard, produce a great fusion sound of traditional and rock music. With this unique blend, it is irresistible for people to get up and dance.
Lors Landat and Manon le Querler
It’s a duo of singers coming especially from Brittany. Lors Landat was born in the North of France into a family of musicians and singers. He fell in love with the Breton culture, learnt the Breton language and lives now in Brittany. He has been singing for years in different groups and is one of the most famous traditional singers.
At The Cobblestone, he will sing with the female singer, Manon le Querler. She is from Lorient, South Brittany, and part of the new wave of young traditional singers.
They will sing the Kan Ha Diskan. It is a vocal tradition that means roughly “Call and Response singing”. The style is the most commonly used to accompany dances. It has become perhaps the most integral part of the Breton roots revival, and was the first genre of Breton music to gain some mainstream success, both in Brittany and abroad.
Landat and Le Querler , famous singers of Brittany will be in Dublin the Saturday 26th of May on stage of the concert hall in The Cobblestone Pub, to celebrate the Brittany Day ! Not to miss !
Belfast dance band Bal Feirste (bal meaning dance!) will also bring their unique blend of traditional Irish, Breton and French airs to ensure a night of great music, dance-sore feet and above all – great craic!
Bal Feirste formed in 2011 around a love of folk music and dance. What started as an informal session evolved into a band, composed of Irish, English and French musicians who mix Irish, French and other influences in tunes as well as in instruments. Whether you prefer romantic mazurkas to the sound of the fiddle or high-energy gavottes led by the bombarde, we are sure to have you dancing!
After several years in Cork, our annual event will take place in Dublin City on Saturday 14 May 2016. Come and join us at the Teachers Club on Parnell Square to celebrate Breton culture, you can even learn dances from Brittany from 7pm! You will also avail of delicious crêpes to fuel you for the whole evening… Save the date!