Friday, June 06, 2008

Merzhin On Tour

“French Brittany is like Texas (music wise)”, Bookerfatz2 said to me as we arrived last evening at the door of La Boule Noire, Paris. Merzhin’s show was sold out – one more! Just to confirm what he meant: the music from Brittany has followers like Texas music does: everywhere it can be heard, people from those parts of world will come and listen to it.
Merzhin is a Celtic Rock’n’Roll band from Landerneau, in Brittany (France). Merzhin stands for Merlin in Breton (a Celtic language). Merlin was a noble magician in Celtic mythology. The group was originally formed by six college friends in 1996. The six musicians combine traditional Celtic instruments like bombarde, which is a kind of flute from Brittany, along with conventional Rock’n’Roll instruments to produce signature music.
Honestly, I’ve never been introduced to the musical universe of this band before last night (and big thanks to promoter Anne-Cecile who encouraged me to come and hear them) but it didn’t take me long to appreciate the energy of the band on stage who are lead by a charismatic Pierre on lead vocals. Even though they are a bit formulating on many of their songs, they held the attention of the friendly audience until the very end of the evening. Some songs had a political meaning like “Betti”, dedicated to the Tibetan people and the crowd was naturally enough happy to hear some anti-Sarkozy speeches.
Of course, for those of you who live abroad it won’t be easy to see Merzhin live even if they tour quite a lot at the moment, so the band has released a live recording simply called Merzhin Live (June 2nd). If you’re curious enough you can find official samples of Merzhin’s music on their different sites and if they continue to play as well as they did last night in the sold-out Paris show, I’m confident you’ll be able to see them somewhere near you soon enough.

Label: Sony & RCA

Yann Tiersen And Shannon Wright - No Mercy For She .mp3
Photo : Leaky Sparrow – Merzhin, La Boule Noire, Paris – June 5th, 2008

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