by Kornog


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The long-awaited Korong presents the opportunity to celebrate the reunion of most of Kornog, Brittany's most illustrious Celtic band of the 1980s. Like the Korong itself, a small, rock-strewn river that flows behind the group's studio, the album proceeds effortlessly from ancient Breton dances to more contemporary acoustic rhythms by way of 19th-century Scots ballads. In the most exciting moments it's sometimes hard to tell where the ancient world leaves off and the modern takes over. Highlights include a fight song by Robert Burns and a lullaby by Peggy Seeger, interspersed with dances that sound like they came straight from Lancelot's castle. Don't miss "Air Pour Faire Pleurer la Marié'e en Début de Noce" ("The Tune to Make the Bride Cry at the Beginning of the Wedding") -- with such fine playing, she must not be marrying the guitar player. "Fest Stivell" is a tribute to Alan Stivell, harpist and early champion of the Breton Celtic revival; Kornog conjure up a dreamy improvisation on the outro "Zen Fountain." Comprised entirely of traditional dances, the title of the opening number, "Baleadenn," promises an excursion or adventure. From there to the closing "Dañs Plinn" and the distinctive, fading buzz of the bombarde pipes, it's clear that Kornog have begun their own exciting journey into a new decade, century, and millennium.

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Release Date: 09/26/2000
Label: Green Linnet
UPC: 0048248120920
catalogNumber: 481209
Rank: 293181

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