Chamins de Terretranslates to Songs of the Earth, tried to combine everything from his background. His background in Celtic roots music, new influences from Classical, or Occidental styles and experimentation with pairing electric instruments with decidedly seldom heard ones. Tempo Di Menuetto - Beethoven*, Mendelsshon*, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra* Conducted By Sir Thomas wanted to create an album which An Hani A Garan - Alan Stivell - From Celtic Roots.
out with the Gaelic music found across the English channel, and use a rock bridge to bring this new music all back home to Brittany.
Now not afraid to studio effects with traditional arrangements, Alan and his cohorts had the liberty to play around with history. Opening the album, you hear the sound of a bodhran providing a heartbeat rhythm to Susy MacGuire, the old Irish traditional, to provide an enticement to those inquisitive listeners who knew lick all of Gaelic, let alone Breton.
He could draw from any tradition to create a new one from the ether. Now he can guide them to his land. Joining bombard, are the electric guitar, violins, banjo and drums. An instrumental with obvious roots in funkier music and psychedelia, starts to toy with the idea of new Breton. This whole side, sung in Breton, asserts the importance of this minority as its own important entity and culture. As the electric guitar gets introduced, the fight continues.
Rolling with a heavy rock drum rhythm, this original written by Alan, is a protest song. Standing up for Breton as a culture, he challenges all Bretons to keep the language whether musical, written, or spoken alive and evolving. The song itself, with its twin guitar attack mimicking a harp melody and dense rhythm taking it into the future, with nary a sound of the Мечты - Ария - Ария in it, shows a path younger Bretons can take to carry this sound further than he can.
This 19th century songan elegiac blend of bagpipe and harpsichord, speaks of fraternal warriors who sing songs of their beloved native lands songs that may be passed on down through generations in words they might not know how to write, or read, or communicate with each other, but whose poetry in spirit hits them the moment they leave their home and have to face the harsh reality of the world at large. Their sacrifice amounts to more than just our security, it also amounts to keeping a culture alive for future generations, to keep their songs alive regardless of their death.
They might not have been raised together, but now they are spiritual brothers. When a man has to leave the acoustic guitar, to pick up a harp he knows little about, in a language that was little written about, its his spirit, or commune of it with past practitioners, that allows him to feel its movement. Once he knows the movement, it behooves him to spread the gospel further. Its this magnificent fight that Alan wins in this monumental musical landmark. One that rightfully became the emblem for all Breton and Gaelic brethren since then.
One that, hopefully, we can learn some lessons from as well. Tomorrow we travel back to England proper, for more of that spirit…. Listen to Chemins de Terre at Grooveshark. Your email address will not be published. Notify Το Καράβι - Various - Τα Τραγούδια Των Ναυτικών Μας (42 Διαχρονικά Τραγούδια) of follow-up comments by email.
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