Artist Profiles: Gwerz

Gwerz

Gwerz was a supergroup that featured some of the finest innovative musicians in the contemporary Breton folk scene. Patrick and Jacky Molard, Erik Marchand, Youenn le Bihan and Soig Siberil founded it in the mid 1980s. Although most of Gwerz’s members have developed solo careers or joined other well-known bands, the group still performs together occasionally.

The Gwerz sound combines Breton traditional music, vocals and instruments with modern elements and Irish music influences, including the use of Irish pipes (uilleann pipes).

Musicians: Youenn Le Bihan (bombarde and bass bombarde), Jacky Molard (fiddle), Eric Marchand (vocals, clarinet), Patrick Molard (uilleann pipes), Soïg Sibéril (guitar), Alain Genty (bass), and Bruno Caillat (percussion)

Discography:

Musique bretonne de toujours (Gwerz, 1986)
Au delà (Escalibur, 1988)
Gwerz live (Gwerz Pladen, 1993)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel is also co-founder of the Transglobal World Music Chart.

Angel has also produced and remastered world music studio albums and compilations for labels such as Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, and Music of the World.

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