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Celtic Wedding: Music of Brittany
Chieftains
Celtic Wedding: Music of Brittany
Genres: Folk, World Music, Special Interest, Pop
 
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Brittany, in western France, is an ancient Celtic homeland whose language and music are closely related to those of Wales and Cornwall. And although Breton folklorist Polig Monjarret only jokingly suggested that the Chieft...  more »

      
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All Artists: Chieftains
Title: Celtic Wedding: Music of Brittany
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: RCA Victor
Original Release Date: 1/1/1987
Re-Release Date: 2/24/1998
Genres: Folk, World Music, Special Interest, Pop
Styles: Traditional Folk, British & Celtic Folk, Celtic, Europe, British Isles, Continental Europe, Wedding Music
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 090266312023

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Brittany, in western France, is an ancient Celtic homeland whose language and music are closely related to those of Wales and Cornwall. And although Breton folklorist Polig Monjarret only jokingly suggested that the Chieftains do a Breton album, they did just that. Celtic Wedding remains one of their finest outings. Breton music is subtle when compared to Irish, Scottish, and Welsh music, with complex rhythms, rich harmonies, and spin-on-a-dime call-and-response refrains. The venerable Irish sextet seems refreshed and exhilarated by the cross-pollination. Local musicians sit in, playing the bombarde (a notoriously bad-tempered oboe) and biniou (Breton bagpipes), and singing in the Breton language, which is making a strong comeback after long years of repression. --Christina Roden

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May be a little too studious and cultured for many listeners
Paul A. Seaman | Montgomery Village, MD United States | 12/05/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I like the Chieftains a lot, love some of their music. I love Irish music, especially the moody traditional OR electronic/ethnic updates or variations on the Celtic sound and this album falls in the former category. I find it a little long in the tooth, actually, and have to get into an academic frame of mind to fully appreciate it. I've tried to listen to it several times, but find my mind soon wanders and, unlike so much of the Chieftains music, the tunes don't stay in my head. Definitely a mood piece and best appreciated, I suspect by serious Celtic or Chieftains fans."
A Fresh Breeze from the Chieftains
Daniel G. Berk | West Bloomfield, Michigan | 07/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It is difficult not to like a performance by the Chieftains, and this collection is no exception. While the subject matter is a little removed from their usual Irish fare, the high quality which one has come to expect from them is certainly present."
Great CD
Jennifer Tyler | Atlanta, GA | 01/04/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I love this CD. My only wish were that the final song -- which is actually a collection of several songs -- was divided up into the individual songs. Not that it really is a big deal, it would just make listening to it easier.

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