audience of 4,000 turned out for Gilles Servat's show "Ne touchez pas
à la blanche hermine", (this means something like "Hands off the White
Ermine" , the ermine being a key symbol for Brittany) for Sunday night's
closing evening for the festival.
They really like their Gilles, and they also know him off by heart.
The 4,000 spectators lost no time in joining in with his first song
"Sur la route de Quimper", and carried on clapping through "Où le monde
est celtique, and "les canards sont bleus". Hundreds of couples cast
loving glances at each other as the romantic numbers got going.
woman spoke about his "irresistible charm", but her neighbour chimed
in saying that he was more like "an enormous teddy bear". Whatever he
is or isn't, Gille Servat sings to a faithful following. Muriel the
presenter set the tone for the evening, (to an imagined accompaniment
of violins) : "Like a firework display bringing the festival to an end..
I would like to thank Gilles Servat for his musical colour sketches";
The Breton bard, however, appeared unaffected and flinging the micro
around his head like a lasso, launched into "L'Hirondelle", "blanche
au ventre et noire aux ailes". As night fell, his beautiful deep voice
was in its element. At the same time delicate and yet unwavering, he
sang "Moulins de Guérande", and then "Le Pays" from his last album.
song was in English, and adressed to his Scottish firend Rob. He was
there in his kilt, and bearing his clan's flag. This evening we are
definitely "en famille". A whistle solo from Ronan Le Bars with Nicolas
Quéméner on guitar. Servat's seven musicians are, as usual, perfect.
Servat makes a plea for Breton culture "On va tous chanter en breton
pour faire plaisir à M. Chevènement". The audience heartily voice their
agreement. The minister's ears must have been really burning...
the end of the concert the audience didn't want to leave. After his
second encore, Gilles came on stage with his daughter to a standing
ovation. He sang the hymn of his youth "Yaouankiz ma Bro". The crowd
were finally satisfied, and moved off to the fest noz and the last performances
at the Off... quite understandably hoping to make the most of this last
night at the 76th festival de Cornouaille.