Premiére: Music from Brittany

Premiére: Music from Brittany

by Kornog


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Premiére: Music from Brittany

Three guys from Brittany (Celtic northern France) and a Scotsman may sound like a recipe for a bar fight or the prelude to a silly joke. As it happened, it was the lineup of one of the finest Celtic folk bands of the last 20 years. Kornog was the first group playing a largely Breton repertoire to come to the U.S. (in 1983). The odd meters and sudden rhythmic shifts, part and parcel of Breton music and in full effect on "Dans Loudieg" and "Jesuitmont," put fresh and intriguing wrinkles into standard jig 'n' reel formulas. Kornog's playing was simply stunning. Check the feathery flourishes of guitarist Soïg Siberil on "Dans An Dro," or the way the laid-back flow among Siberil, flautist Jean Michel Veillon, and fiddler Christian LeMaitre (later to join Johnny Cunningham and Kevin Burke in the Celtic Fiddle Festival) suddenly bursts into rollicking overdrive on "Ton Bale Mur ha Dans." Jaime McMenemy, who formerly fronted Scotland's Battlefield Band, proves himself not only a fine singer with a keen ear for phrasing nuances but also a ringer on bouzouki and mandolin. Kornog were merely a memory by 1985; fortunately, it was captured in top form on this disc.

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Release Date: 01/05/1993
Label: Green Linnet
UPC: 0048248105521
catalogNumber: 1055
Rank: 214609

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