Just over a year ago, Françoise Berretrot, curator at the Musée de Bretagne of Rennes, contacted me in order to take my testimony as someone of the Breton Diaspora. At this time, I was still living in Scotland where I was teaching the Celtic harp in schools within Glasgow City Council.
The Celtic harp is not only a matter of strings or arpeggios. This little world takes you travelling around the world and creates opportunities to meet other people, to surprise and also to be surprised from the exchanges created. I’m born in Brittany, I have been living in Ireland, in Scotland, now I live in Sweden. My music is at the crossroads of the Celtic and the Scandinavian music with jazz and contemporary colours coming from the musicians I play along with.
During festivals abroad, people ask me to teach Breton music. I’m a Breton person roaming from place to place. Back home, I’m Irish, Scottish or even Swedish. I mixed my strings with the ones of Celtic or other harp players and the tunes they taught me are pictures from a photo album I like to share with friends or during a concert. My influences, I owe them to these musicians and our exchanges.
Bretagne est Univers1 wrote the poet Saint-Pol Roux. The links created all over the world with the other nations are a testimony of its openness. Brittany also continues to welcome people coming from other places as shown in the portrait gallery, realised by the Musée de Bretagne. While the debate rages on creating an international airport in Brittany, at Notre-Dames-des-Landes, this exhibition presents the Breton people from abroad. What they have found and what they have brought with them back.
The exhibition "Migrations" is open from the 15th of March till the 1st September at the Musée de Bretagne in Rennes.
Address: 10 cours des Alliés, 35000 Rennes, Brittany, France
Phone: +33 (0) 2 23 40 66 00
Metro: Charles de Gaulle
Open from September till June:
- Wednesday, Thursday and Friday noon to 7pm
- Tuesday noon to 9pm
- Saturday and Sunday 2pm-7pm
- Closed on Mondays and bank holidays
1. “Brittany is Universe” is also the name of the permanent exhibition of the Musée de Bretagne.