Gilles of the towns, Servat (of songs)
Tribute (respect) the Servat concert began with « Sur la route de Quimper », of which the new generations still looking for halyards in the sky and blue ducks words can be related to. In fact, it is quite the opposite, « sur le front frais des passerelles, je regardais les poissons dans l'Odet » speaks to everyone. Dressed in a white shirt, Servat acts as an enchanter, with his presence on stage being quite out of the ordinary, and his manner of andof fascinating a people who are traditionally for being cold. The excellence of Gilles' group is composed of Philippe Bizais on the keyboards, Hilaire Rama on the bass, Christian Lemestre on the violin, Ronan Le Bras on the uiellann pipes, Nicolas Quemener on the guitar andMichel Le Moelic on the percussion. Breton music has a high ranking among Irish groups, endowed with swing and feeling. After the introductory tube, Gilles moved his Baudelairean albatros wings remembering family walks as a child along the Croizic marshes, « sur le grain de mes jours envolés ». The fourth part, « Quand reverrons-nous l'hirondelle », is a lively hymn about the Breton countryside, surrounded by groves and embankments. The public take it to heart, clapping their hands; and the unknown tube - « Blanche au ventre et noire aux ailes ».
A « Curragh », made in Breiz (Brittany in French)
The ancient ship displayed on Thursday, of Irish origin, is a « curragh ». Created by the young people of Daoulas (in the mountains of Arée). The small boat, finished in 1996 is just a small part of a project : the construction is from an Irish type of « curragh » cloth 11 metres long. The construction of the first boat was spread out over four months, nicknamed the « Spontaillh An Dour » or « Scarecrow of the Waters ». Its measurements of 5,20m-20 by 1,10m. It is equipped with oars and a 8,5m square sail. Empty it only weighs 85kg. Made from hazel tree wood and covered with a linen cloth with a thick coating of tar. The boat has been made according to tradition except for a leather part instead of linen.
At Night in the Old Quartiers
There is a little break this Friday evening. The stage at the Résistance remains empty. It is a principle amongst communicating vessels, the old town fills up. An evening of strolling, and of being taken in by the sights on the corner of the street. Traditionally, the night in the old quartiers begibs at the top of the Keréon Street, the main road through the ancient part of Quimper. One can get to it by the following streets : rue des Boucheries, du Sallé or place au Buerre, where there are also numerous invitations to go and sample ragoûts (meat stews) and fish. Every year, the jostle was so great that the organisers of the Festival have decided this time to concentrate more on activities and restarting up of courses in the Tour d'Auvergne college. The artisans are installed in the alley ways, sculptors, poaching and clog making, sawing, spinners, ropemakers, basket makers, walks, embroiderers, stone-cutters, unusual objects, butter making, sheep sheering, jobs at sea : (fishing lines, sea knots, etc.), pearling, headdresses, wheel and cart makers, the « Breton Fight ». Many displays are visible.
New Tributes in music, wine and photos.
Yesterday, a slightly different musical company set itself up for three days during the Festival. The company is called « Neuf Tribus », and all play together without any complicated instruments, photography, or even oenological equipement. The 23 artists making up the company will be at the « Chapeau-Rouge » until Saturday.
Trainees at the « Faïence Museum »
Wednesday; the trainees from the summer university visited the Faïence Museum in Quimper. On this occasion they were able to see works from the Coloniale Exposition from the beginning of the thirties in Paris. A statue of the patron of the faïence Saint Antoine de Padoue created by the Quimper workshops stands at the entrance. The different techniques of making the paste, of which the cooking takes place in an oven of 1040° are shown to the visitors. The temperature is this high in order that the chemical properties in the paste are properly combined together.
Celtic Harp Recital in the Streets of Quimper
Since Monday, Gaëlle and Naïg have permitted tourists to discover the magic of this beautiful instrument : the Celtic harp. They are installed at the corner of Saint-Mathieu Street and at Terre au Duc Square. They play between 10am and 12pm, and between 6pm and 8pm. Gaëlle is 21, and has been playing the harp for the past 14 years. Naïg is 18 and has been playing for 10 years. Gaëlle has completed a degree in Brest, and Naïg, who has just passed her Bac, is going to INSA in September, an Engineering University.
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