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Songs and Dances of Brittany

Songs and Dances of Brittany

Little trace is left of the ancient Druids who lived in this region of France. But Brittany’s spirit lives on in its own language, distinctive religious observances, and especially its music. The Conan Family heard on this album represent this Breton spirit. They come from Perros Guirrec in western Brittany, a small community known for its Celtic heritage and Breton culture. Jacques Conan, the patriarch of the Conan family, was a leading figure in the preservation and transmission of Breton folklore. This 18-track CD introduces listeners to the beautiful and dynamic music of Brittany with the sounds of its unique bagpipes and medieval shawms (predecessors of the modern oboe).



French (France)

Le pays breton est chargé d’une histoire qui remonte bien avant l’arrivée des résidents actuels. Il reste peu de traces des anciens druides qui habitaient autrefois dans la région mais l’esprit breton reste très vivace, avec son propre langage, une activité religieuse particulière et sa musique. La famille Conan, dont on peut entendre les voix sur le CD, est originaire de Perros Guirrec en Bretagne occidentale. Cette petite ville est située dans l’un des coins les plus préservé de la partie celte de la Bretagne et est marquée par la culture bretonne. Cela peut expliquer pourquoi Jacques Conan, le chef de famille, s’est impliqué une grande partie de sa vie dans la conservation et la diffusion du folklore breton. Les dix-huit pistes de ce CD initient l’auditeur à la beauté de la dynamique musique bretonne vibrante des sons uniques des cornemuses et de la flute médiévale.

Track Listing

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Shepherd's Song - Kanaouenn ar Maesaer Conan Family 1:38
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Dances: Two-Step, Marguerite, Near the Woods Conan Family 2:52
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Mountain Dance Conan Family 1:07
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Dances: Koroll Plaen - Simple Dance, Koroll ar Bizhier - Stick Dance, Jabadao - Eight Figure Dance Conan Family 2:27
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105
Francois Is at the Mill - Mañ Fransez er Vilin-Avel Conan Family 2:36
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106
Song of the Reapers - Son ar Falc'herien Conan Family 2:06
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107
Three Dances: Ton ar C'hezeg - March of the Horses, Koroll Fisel, Bal ar Menez Conan Family 1:57
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108
The Banners of Lampaul - Bannielou Lambaol Conan Family 1:39
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109
March and Two Dances: Ton Bale Pondivi - Pontivy March, Laride - Round Dance, Koroll Fanch - Passepied Conan Family 3:02
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Three Dances: Piler Lann - Frontal Dance, Gavotennoù - Gavotte, Tonioù Koroll - Dance-Song Gavotte Conan Family 3:17
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202
The Young Sailor's Song - Son ar Martolod Yaouank Conan Family 3:11
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The Lost Bride Conan Family 2:27
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Little Rooster, The - Ar C'hogig Conan Family 3:17
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Drinker's Wife, The - Gwreg al Lonker Conan Family 1:44
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I'll Build a House - Me'savo Va Zi Conan Family 2:22
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Louisette and Pierrot - Loeisaig ha Perig Conan Family 1:33
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The Pork Sausage - An, Anduilhenn Conan Family 3:09
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Plucking of the Wren, The - Displuañ al Laouenig Conan Family 2:44
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