Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Celtic Guitar from Brittany (Bretagne)

Kindergarten and First grade students continued their journey around the world and discovered Brittany through a slide-show and Celtic music prepared by Willy LeBihan, Director of L'Ecole Francaise du Maine.  Willy, who is originally from Quimper in Brittany, played three of his arrangements of popular traditional songs: Gwerz Marv Pontkallec, Gwerz Penmarc'h and L'Héritière de Keroulaz.  A Gwerz is a lament characterized by a gloomy tone and subject matter. A Gwerz typically describes tragic events or lost love.  Brittany is considered as one of the six Celtic Nations along with Cornwall, Ireland, Isle of Man, Scotland and Wales.

Photos:  courtesy of Bretagne Tourism
Willy plays "Armor" by Thierry Tisserand for the preschool students.