“Breton music is universal,
as much as tango or blues.
My music is deeply rooted,
but it is nourished from all sources,
from every encounter.”
-Yann Fanch Perroches
Degemer mat! This blog is about Breton music, a subject that has fascinated me since I was a child. Growing up in a first-generation European immigrant family in the U.S., it was not uncommon to hear several European languages spoken in the home, and Europe never seemed very far away. It was brought much closer upon discovering the traditional music of Brittany. When I first heard it I had an enormous emotional reaction, one that continues to this day. THAT, I thought, is what music is supposed to sound like.
As a musician who plays in a ‘Fest Noz’ group, I have a very intense relationship with this music. This includes a reasonably steady stream of recordings from overseas, some of which you will find reviewed on this site. I’ve been very fortunate to have had easy access to great recordings and have subsequently built up a substantial library of Breton music. On this site you will find a bunch of older, typically quite short capsule reviews filed under ‘Old Reviews’ and more current efforts filed under ‘Reviews’ as well as ‘New Releases’. I hope that you find this material enjoyable and worthwhile!
If your recording or other product is critiqued herein, it does not represent an attack but rather an honest, thoughtful appraisal of work that I deemed worthy of review. – Ron Reed