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30 Dec 2016

Alan Stivell ‎ “Un Dewezh ‘Barzh 'Gêr (Journée À La Maison)” 1978 French Celtic Folk,World

Alan Stivell ‎ “Un Dewezh ‘Barzh 'Gêr (Journée À La Maison)” 1978 French Celtic Folk,World
“Un Dewezh 'Barzh’ Gêr” is not, contrary to what one might think, only a translation for the French ears recalcitrant to the other languages, Corresponds to the official name of the album. We think of an E Langonned not so distant as that in time, let alone in mind. At the sight of the cover representing Alan, sitting cross-legged outside the door of his house playing not with a harp this time but what I think I recognize as a dulcimer, imagine a “cool album” , Modest and friendly. Everything in this album evokes, even more than in E Langonned, the musical unfolding of a day of Alan spent quietly at home, having invited a few musician friends to join him. The album is short, half of the titles is improvised, it can be said that it could have been recorded like this, all at once, in the most natural way possible. Alan’s new band is made up of a trio: Mikael AR VALY on bass, Marc PERRU on guitars and Chris HAYWARD on flute and percussion (Patrig KERRE does not participate in this new album). If this mini-ensemble does not have the historical significance of that of the Olympia 72, on the musical level it has nothing to envy him. 

This one begins with “Trinquons our Glasses”, in the name one can not more judiciously chosen, as this traditional come of Haute-Cornouaille in Brittany breathes the tranquility and the invitation to celebrate the fraternity. The melodic pattern is repetitive, but we notice that it does not bother, even after multiple listening, then what is especially interesting is the part of flute (which gives a jazzy color) beneath the duplicity of the bombarde. We continue with “Ar Wezenn Awalou” (the apple tree), interpreted a cappella by Alan (which will eventually also split), joined on the following couplets by a couple tampura / sitar not completely original (there had already been a strand Of sitar on Before Landing) but still quite unexpected! The title progresses more and more in a “zen” atmosphere, until the middle of “Henchou Kuzh”, on which Chris HAYWARD launches a small rhythm to the percussion before Alan does not call to the order by taking the relay to the harp. It sounds improvised, but also perfectly mastered. We continue with “Tabud Kemper” (Quimper, a rather recent title) sung in kan ha diskan with Yann-Jakez HASSOLD (still a link with E Langonned) while the harp and the other musicians of the small group amuse themselves in Even offering a small recreation of solos on the following instrumental (also improvised). Alan adds some notes of piano, then comes to join the whole with the faithful bagpipe. For now, even if we are not in what Alan can offer more “charmer” (the folk-rock to which he more or less regularly accustomed us), we say that everything that is presented to us Is very good and fairly accessible. 

It is then that we arrive at the first part of the second half. Formerly, we had to get up and turn the record, but there is just a little silence that separates it from what was before. The sweet harp brings us back to something more charming, more enchanting: “An Try Marrak” (the three knights), from the top of his five good minutes gives us an ideal breathing, while keeping us breathless long. It is a Cornish text (or from Cornwall English) sung by Alan with a harmony to the third (a bit like Do to Mi if you want) with the harp for only accompaniment, except at the moment of small Instrumental parts where, surprisingly, it is joined by a cello and an accordion! It gives an effect of thunder, especially since it must be enjoyed: the accordion is very rare in Alan’s music, while here we have here the latest beautiful enhancement of the other instrument Made to date. This title is undoubtedly the hidden pearl of the album, with “Tal an Tan” (face to the hearth) which is its instrumental development: Alan launches an arpeggio on the same melodic mode but in acute, Then five minutes of extra happiness with some interventions of guitar, percussion and small Irish flute. On a festive pace, “An Nighean Dubh” (the black-haired girl) emerges with her playful vocal parts, her mad flute part, then the bagpipes returns to greet the listener before the whole thing leaves again To the harp. This one takes again the theme of the song, then leaves on a variation called in English “O'Carolan’s Farewell” before launching “Inisi Hanternos” (the islands of midnight), music of closing of the album based on some crystalline arpeggios To which was added an “aquatic” effect. We could expect better outro … 

So this is an underrated acoustic album but very successful, more interesting and not just for the novelty improvised side of half its shares. The order of its pieces is perfectly ideal with respect to the chosen title and allows itself to be listened to as pleasantly as possible. The best is in winter, near a good fire, when it rains outside………..By MARCO STIVELL ……. 

In one of the issues we’ve talked about Brittany Harper Alan Stivell, whose real name - Alan Koshevlyu. He greatly contributed to the recognition of Breton culture in the twentieth century. Our today’s hero was born in the French town of Riom, where his parents emigrated from Brittany during the Second World War. But shortly after his birth the family moved to Paris. Alan’s father, Jord Koshevelu, was an unusual man. Simple Finance Ministry employee, he devoted all his spare time that as a matter of his life - the reconstruction and rebuilding of the Celtic harp in Brittany, where this noble instrument by that time disappeared. Enthusiasm Jordi brought fruit - after several years of hard work, he collected his first harp. Alan then said, “When my father pulled the first string, I was spellbound by the sound of it.” So from an early age, he came into contact with the tool, which was later dedicated his life. At the age of eight years old man had begun to speak in public, and his father at the same time seeking funds for the release of harps. With age, the young musician has expanded its horizons. Intrigued by Gaelic music, he began to learn to play the bagpipes in Glasgow, Scotland … The first professional performances of Alan Stivella occurred at the beginning of the 1960s - a revolutionary time for music. It was then that his mind originated the thought of Breton folk -roke. He soon became acquainted with the musicians of “The Moody Blues” who offered him his first branch in concert. In 1968, Breton enthusiast arrived in London and performed in the concert hall “Queen Elizabeth Hall” and then began actively touring around the world, while giving enough time to work on studio recordings. For his second album, “Renaissance of the Celtic Harp” received the Grand Prix Academy “Charles Cros” and performance in 1972 in the concert hall “Olympia” later called the “Celtic Woodstock” rose in Europe and America this wave Keltomaniya. By the end of the 1970s, Monsieur Stivell released a couple of CDs, which adhered to the two main areas of “clean” Breton folk and folk-rock. Interestingly, his modest demeanor on the stage did not correspond to the hype that has been raised around the name of Alan Stivella. In 1978, the master has recorded an amazing album, “A dewezh 'barzh’ gêr: home Day” (Day of the house) which joined the folk, rock and jazz-prog. And we have today and listen to … Each song of this album tells an interesting story. In one sung about the disappearance of apple, from which fruits to prepare delicious cider. In the other - about the economic crisis in Brittany, and the uprising of the peasants in the 1960s. In the third - on the Cornwall and the three knights in love with a lady. One song is sung on behalf of joyful sailor tells how he once entertained a black-haired girl. And another song was inspired by the work of the blind Irish harpist, singer and composer Torla O'Karolan (1670-1738) … In 1980, Alan Stivell recorded an album “Celtic Simphonie (Tir Na Nog)” which is no longer familiar sequence of songs, music goes almost continuous stream, and in the sound palette there are several choirs and instruments inherent in the symphonic, folk and rock music. Further projects virtuoso arrangement meant to music poems of modern poets Breton, accompanied by harps, Celtic creation of a national symphony orchestra, including Indian and Vietnamese instruments. But since the late 1990s, more and more clearly discernible tendency to “world music”……… 

Alan Stivell discography 

1964 - Telenn geltiek/ Harpe celtique (1er album studio et instrumental) -> 6/10 *morceau recommandé : “Airde Cuan”* 
1970 - Reflets -> 7/10 
1971 - Renaissance de la harpe celtique (instrumental) -> 8/10 
1972 - À l'Olympia (1er Live) -> 9/10 
1973 - Chemins de terre -> 8/10 
1974 - E Langonned -> 6/10 
1975 - E Dulenn/ Live in Dublin (Live) -> 7/10 
1976 - Trema'n Inis/ Vers l'île -> 6/10 
1977 - 'Raok dilestra/ Before Landing/ Avant d'accoster -> 6/10 
1978 - Un dewezh 'barzh 'gêr/ Journée à la maison -> 8/10 
1979 - International Tour/ Tro Ar Bed (Live) -> 6/10 
1979 - Symphonie celtique/ Tír Na N-Óg -> 6/10 
1981 - Terre des vivants/ Bed an dud vew -> 6/10 
1983 - Légende -> 6/10 *morceau recommandé: “Eireog Shineidin”* 
1985 - Harpes du nouvel âge (instrumental) -> 5/10 
1991 - The Mist of Avalon -> 7/10 
1993 - Again -> 7/10 
1995 - Brian Boru -> 7/10 
1997 - 70/95 Zoom (compilation) -> ??? 
1998 - 1 Douar -> 6/10 
1999 - The Best of Alan Stivell (compilation) -> 9/10 
2000 - Back to Breizh -> 6/10 *morceaux recommandés: “Vers les îles et villes de verre” et “Ceux qui sèment la mort”* 
2002 - Au-delà des mots (instrumental) -> 6/10 *morceaux recommandés: “La Celtie et l'infini” 1 à 3* 
2006 - Explore -> 5/10 *morceaux recommandés: “Miz tu” et Druidic “lands”* 
2009 - Emerald -> 5/10 
2012 - Ar Pep Gwellañ (compilation) -> 8/10 

Line-up / Musicians 

Alan Stivell / harpe, bombarde, bagpipes 
Hervé Derrien / cello 
Yann-Jakez Hassold / vocals 
Jean-Claude Olivier / sitar 
Michel Delaporte / tambourine 
Mikael Ar Vali / bass 
Mark Perru / guitar 
Chris Hayward / flute 
Claude Nicault / accordion 

Songs / Tracks Listing 

1. Let’s Clink Glasses (4:18) 
2. The Apple Tree (4:31) 
3. Hidden Ways Stivell (2:45) 
4. Wrath in Quimper (3:12) 
5. After Dinner (2:35) 
6. The Three Nights (5:48) 
7. In Front of the Hearth (5:20) 
8. The Black-Haired Maiden (3:10) 
9. O'Carolan’s Farewell (1:13) 
10. North of Midnight Islands (3:09)

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