Breton Music Lives in the US

Bagad 2nd anniversary Grand Fest Noz: Nov. 5th 2011

* Updated October 9th : Quite a line up, hey!*

For our second anniversary Fest-Noz, we decided on the theme “Breton Music in North America”. The performers are all known Breton musicians from all over North America.

Our event is open to all, musicians, dancers, and miscellaneous artists willing to performed. The only rules are to perform a traditional set of Breton music for dance. Already this year we have commitments from around 40 musicians to participate, and we want to have every one of them!

From 4pm to 11pm at the Hungarian House in NYC (see details bellow).

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Artists on the stage

Pender Keady Dance Academy

Stamford, CT · The Pender-Keady Academy mission is to share our knowledge and experience in the art of Irish Step Dancing with their students while encouraging them to work hard and have fun! A friendly and supportive atmosphere where children can gain confidence through performing and competing, or just dance for the love of it!
In just 10 short years, our dancers have achieved extraordinary success in the competitive arena. Some of their accomplishments include: Numerous 1st place New England Regional champions, top placements at the North American Championships, and students who have medaled internationally as high up as the World Championships of Irish Dancing, which is considered the “Olympics” of Irish Dancing.

New York Celtic Dancers

New York, NY · NYCD highlights both traditional Scottish dance and contemporary interpretations of the tradition in their wildly spirited and engaging performances. Their performances combine the technical artistry and strength of traditional highland dance with a performance sensibility and a wide variety of music sure to have you moving in your seat.

Bagad New York

North East · Created in the Fall 2009 by a handful of american musician and a breton piper, the Kerlenn grow and today is composed by 15 active musicians and trainees. Members a spread over the North East of teh U.S. The role of the organisation is to promote Breton musique & Tradition accross the US.

Bartholomew / MacNintch

New Palz & Beacon, NY · Alex Bartholomew and Mike MacNintch have played together since before the beginninghe Bagad New York experiment in 2009. Alex, who plays also the bagpipes, has participated twice at the grade 1 Bagadou championship within the Kerlenn Pondi including once in the bombard section in 2010. Mike MacNintch, aside of being a professionnal smallpipe, scottish bagpipe and biniou player for more than 25 years, is also since 2009 a guest-player for Bagad bro Kemperle in Brittany.

Int E’Ya!

Montreal QC, Canada · Nolwenn Noisel, Rémy Trichet, Marc-Antoine Bérubé et Glen Knorr are musicians from Montreal. Half way from tradition and modern music, Int e Ya offers a wide picture of breton dancing music. The band plays frequently in Fest-Noz, celtic festivals and other music & dance parties related with celtic traditions.
Breton music lives also in Canada!

Sylvain Payot

Saratoga Springs NY · Rooted close to the legendary Broceliande forest, Sylvain is the third generation of an accordion player dynasty emerged in the 30’s.
After 9 years spent playing Breton music in Festou-Noz with the energetic Breizh ar Dant, his collaborations with musicians from various backgrounds progressively made his style evolve to integrate more and more elements from Klezmer, Afro-Cuban, Jazz and Funk music.
His rythmic, short looped and modal style should satisfy both dancers and hybrid music enthusiasts.

Bells & Motley

Syracuse, NY · Sondra & John Bromka’s versatile accomplishment in European and American historic music, dance, & literary traditions have inspired audiences for over 25 years. Theirs is an extensive collection of historic & folkloric instruments and resources, and of finely-honed concert performances and coordinated workshops. —

Gwenvael Le Moal

Montreal, QC, Canada · Freshly landed in Canada from Brittany, Gwenvael get the genius idea to bring his accordion with him. Dancer & piper for the Kerlenn Pondi, he’s also a accordion virtuose, teached by Janick Martin, Ronan Pellen, Youen Paranthoën… He was a member of Bihannig Tra back in Brittany and is now ready to rock the city!

Les Siffleurs de Nuit

Sherbrook QC, Canada · An energic fest noz band from Sherbrook in Quebec. They sing traditional songs in french from Haute Bretagne and in Breton from Basse Bretagne. In Brittany. Les siffleurs de nuit are composed of 4 musicians : Anthony Gerard (voice, trumpet, story telling), Emmanuelle Hélias (voice), Normand Breton (accordion) and Cedric Camier (percussions, tablas, cajon).

Stephen Gara

Peekskill, NY · A stalwart of the Irish trad scene in London for many years, Stephen plays Highland pipes, Uilleann pipes, whistles, Cittern and Banjo.
He is a former member of the Fintan Lawlor Pipe Band of Dublin, and The Pride of Murray Pipe Band of London, and has toured Europe playing in various folk rock bands.

Tom Pixton

Boston MA · Tom is active in the traditional dance music scene in the Boston area, playing for Balkan, Scottish and International events. He has become one of Boston’s more versatile traditional dance musicians. In addition to playing accordion and piano, he also works as a band leader, arranger, composer, music publisher, and graphic designer.

Calum Pasqua

Brooklyn, NY · Already on stage last year, Calum is a Virtuose scottish fiddler from Brooklyn, New York. As a youth he learned classical violin technique, Scottish fiddle music and Highland pipes. Calum was the first American to compete in and win the Glenfiddich Scottish Fiddle Championship in 2007. He is also a New England Scottish Fiddle Champion, and winner of the Aboyne Prize given by the Marquis of Huntley. Calum is Director of Strings at Hewlett High School and performs in the trio “Parcel of Rogues” with Susie Petrov and Dan Houghton.

Trouz Braz

New England · Trouz Bras (pronounced “Trooz Brazz”) means “Great Sound” in the Celtic language of Brittany, the ancient country that now finds itself in the northwestern region of France. It also translates as “Big Noise” – a reference to the loud Breton bagpipes and bombard that make up the duo’s driving sound.
Trouz Bras is a Sonerion (in Breton) or Sonneurs de Couple (in French). Barry Hall is the talabarder or bombard player and Ray Price is the biniaouer or biniou (bagpipe) player. The project was formed by musician and dance leader Ray, who has become a global ambassador of Breton music and dance. Trouz Bras has performed their “Big Noise” at Celtic and dance

Hours / Details

Hungarian House
213 East 82nd Street
New York, NY 10028

4:00pm : Doors open / sound check!
4:30pm – 6:00pm : Breton Dance Class
6:00pm – 6:30pm : Irish & Scottish Dance Demonstration
6:30pm – 11:30pm : Fest-noz vraz!

· Price at the door $25.00 ($20 online pre-sale)
· Cash Bar : Brooklyn Brews, French Wine, delicious sandwich, …

Any question? Just Ask us!

The Raffle Extraordinaire!
During the event we will be selling raffle tickets, for $5 a pop, with quite nice prizes to bring back with you :

  • Gift certificate for a nice diner at “Le Parigo” in New York
  • Gift certificate for a nice diner at “La Mangeoire” in New York
  • Gift certificate for a nice diner at “Brasserie Julien” in New York
  • Gift certificate for a nice diner at “La Bonne Soupe” in New York
  • Gift certificate for some delicious crepes or patisserie at “Meli Melo” Greenwich, NY
  • Some bottles of prestigious liquor offered by “Dapy Paris”
  • Gift certificate for a free tasting at the Brooklyn Brewery
  • The book “Memoirs of a Breton Peasant” offered by Seven Stories Press
  • … and more to come

* If you’re interested to give us a gift and add your name to the list of the people who support us, please contact us.

Our backers
We did create a Kickstarter project to raise funds, and people did respond by giving us some money. it’s important for us to see community backing us up when we build a project like ours.

Gwenaël Jacquet (Limoges, France), Rebecca Laus (Wilton, CT), La Famille Le Goff (Landeleau, France), Enora (Danserien Pariz / Paris, France), John McDonald (South Pasadena, CA), Laurent Lebot (Nantes, France), Carol Harris, Yannig Marchegay (Bagad Bro Tolosa / Toulouse, France), Katell, Bagad New Zealand (Aukland, New Zealand), Anna Stevens, Linda Tom (New York, NY), Tim Cumming (Monkton VT), Stephane Carpentier (Montpellier, France), Kristin Muller (New Paltz NY), Michael Cahill (Hartford CT), J Otto (Brooklyn CT), Sandrine Marqueteau (Montreal QC), Bernadette Nelson (Norwalk CT), Remy Trichet (Montreal QC), Vishwanath Mamillapalli (Fairfield CT), Christopher Donald (Doylestown, PA).

· If you’re interested to help/participate/donate? Please contact us.