It was a year ago ! On the 11th October 2015, at the Espace Glenmor in Carhaix, more than four hundred people came to celebrate the official launch of the Breton Harp Anthology (Antologiezh Telenn Breizh). Among them, twenty-two contributors to the anthology came (in alphabetical order): Nolwenn Arzel, Anne Auffret, Hoëla Barbedette, Dimitri Boekhoorn, Dominig Bouchaud, Nikolaz Cadoret, Jakez François, Muriel Isambert, Florence Jamain, Soazig Kermabon, Tristan Le Govic, Françoise Le Visage, Mael Lhopiteau, Cristine Mérienne, Pierre Nicolas, Soazig Noblet, Nolwenn Philippe, Anne Postic, Gwenola Roparzh, Clotilde Trouillaud, Quentin Vestur and Marie Wambergue.
The Breton harp anthology, Antologiezh Telenn Breizh, is out. This is a unique collection of three music books dedicated to the Celtic harp featuring the best harpists in Brittany (in alphabetical order): Nolwenn Arzel, Anne Auffret, Hoëla Barbedette, Brigitte Baronnet, Yann Bertrand, Dimitri Boekhoorn, Dominig Bouchaud, Aurore Breger, Nikolaz Cadoret, Grégory Cappoen, Georges Cochevelou, Jakez François, Armelle Gourlaouën, Muriel Isambert, Florence Jamain, Gwenael Kerleo, Soazig Kermabon, Mariannig Larc'hantec, Tristan Le Govic, Anne Le Signor, Françoise Le Visage, Mael Lhopiteau, Cristine Mérienne, Martine Millet, Myrdhin, Pierre Nicolas, Soazig Noblet, Kristen Noguès, Nolwenn Philippe, Anne Postic, Hervé Quefféléant, Pol Quefféléant, Gwenola Roparzh, Alan Stivell, Vinciane Tronson, Clotilde Trouillaud, Quentin Vestur and Marie Wambergue.
Tristan Govic, harpist with Nordic tonalities
After a long Scottish and Swedish break, this artist released, together with Lise Enochsson, an elegant recording mixing Scandinavian and Breton colours and rhythms.
Ten artists have contributed to Elva. Seven musicians: Tristan Le Govic (Celtic harp & vocals), Lise Enochsson (vocals), Stuart Macpherson (bass), Roy Shearer (drums), Per Nord (drums), André Le Meut (bombarde) and Pascal Lamour (biniou). To this list, we gladly add Olle Grane (mixing and mastering), Johann Guillon (graphics) and Erik Enochsson (photos). Ten instruments can be heard: Celtic harp, two voices, bass, drums, tabla, udu, derbuka, bombarde and biniou. Though the album wasn't recorded in ten days – as one might expect when you start a list of recurring numbers – but rather in a much longer period, however, it has been realized in ten different places in Brittany, Scotland and Skåne (Sweden).
"Ur wech e oa, ur wech e vo, ur wech ne oa ket…"1
Once upon a time, a king married a woman on the one condition that he never would ask her her name or where she came from. He accepted and they lived happily together for many years. Every week, the queen would disappear for several hours, and nobody knew when she would come back. Rumours grew within the kingdom. One day, riddled with doubt, the king finally decided to follow her in secret.
Almost thirty years that the Dinan Rencontres Internationales de Harpe Celtique has been organised (read the post and see Myrdhin's interview on the subject). Forty-five musicians from all over the world came to the recent festival and performed one after the other all along the four big evenings. The public was invited to a wide range of colours, of forms and sound ambiances ever created. A distinct musical world exists behind each harp, behind each musician, like the instrument diversity presented on stage. The Celtic harp is rich with those differences.
This video is an extract from my concert on the 9th of May 2013, at the Leerdam Cultuurcentrum Go (Netherlands). The first tune is Jag tänker så titt; a norwegien scottish which I originally arranged for my band based in Scotland. The second tune is a composition: Hosing the Flowers with a Honky-tonk piano influence at the end. These two tunes have recently been recorded and will be part of a new music book to be published soon. To stay informed of their release, sign up to the mailing list here. Thanks to Liesbeth Meijer for this great live video and to Leo Heijdra for editing it: (more…)
The Scottish Harp Anthology is a unique collection in three volumes of traditional tunes in arrangement and new compositions by about twenty Scottish or Scottish based harp players: Cheyenne Brown, Gillian Fleetwood, Maeve Gilchrist, Rachel Hair, Corrina Hewat, Emily Hoile, Màiri MacLeod, Mary Macmaster, Karen Marshalsay, Marie Louise Napier, Rachel Newton, Hannah Phillips, Ailie Robertson, Fiona Rutherford, Patsy Seddon, Wendy Stewart, Fraya Thomsen, Heather Yule and myself, since I was living in the country at that time.
Ten Celtic harps performing on stage, a forty-five minutes of music specially composed for them is something quite unusual and noticeable to be presented. Commissioned for the 30th anniversary of the Edinburgh International Harp Festival, this work was revealed as some of the most creative music ever written for the Celtic harp, a crazy bet taken up by Corrina Hewat.