Artist Profiles: Jean-Michel Veillon

Jean-Michel Veillon

Jean-Michel Veillon played the wooden flute in Breton groups Kornog and Pennou Skoulm. After taking up the wooden flute in 1977, Jean Michel Veillon developed a keen interest in the culture and music of Ireland. In 1979, he founded, together with Paddy O’Neill and the piper Martin Nolan, the Breton-Irish Band Kornog. At the same time, Jean-Michel played with a local East-Breton band and was encouraged to adapt the Breton repertoire to the wooden flute.

In addition to his work with Kornog, Jean-Michel was a founding member of the dance band Pennou Skoulm and played with the group Den in the late 1980s/early 1990s. Since 1995 he’s been performing with the Duo Veillon-Riou.

Discography:

E Koad Nizan (Gwerz Pladenn, 1993)
Pont Gwenn ha Pont Stang, with Duo Veillon-Riou (Gwerz Pladenn, 1995)
Er Pasker, with Katrien Delavier (Coop Breizh, 1999)
Beo! Live in Belfast, with Duo Veillon-Riou (An Naër Produksion, 2000)
Deus an Aod d’ar Menez, Duo Veillon-Riou (Bemol productions, 2017)

With Kornog

Kornog 1 (Ar Folk, 1981) 33T
Première Live in Minneapolis (Green Linnet, 1983)
Ar Seizh Avel – On Seven Winds (Green Linnet, 1984)
Kornog IV Kanaouennou an Aod (Adipho, 1986)
Korong (Green Linnet, 2000)

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 produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.

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