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CDs by Violaine Mayor

Strujenn Haleg

Violaine Mayor
Strujenn Haleg
Vocation VOC039, 2001
A solo recording; Violaine plays her replica Queen Mary harp in a selection including old Scottish harp tunes, traditional Breton music and Irish dances. She also sings on two tracks; one a Gaelic waulking song, and the other an interesting experiment, playing a Highland pibroch learned from a piper, and simultaneously singing the cannteraichd during one of the variations. A delightful record full of startlingly well-executed figures and phrases.
£13 +

Bretaigne est Poésie

Jakeza Le Lay & Violaine Mayor
Bretaigne est Poésie
Vocation Records VOC044, 2002
An interesting adaption of elements of the old Gaelic traditions into a modern Breton tradition. Jakeza sings Breton songs and poems by prominent 20th century Breton poets. Violaine, playing a replica of the Queen Mary harp, uses ceol mor style variations to accompany her.
£13 +

Gens

Violaine Mayor
Gens Cambrina
Self-published, VM03, 2012
This recording presents "the ancient harp tradition of Brittany", in a programme of early Welsh music from the Robert ap Huw manuscript to plainchant, with additions of Scottish, Irish and traditional Breton material. Violaine is joined by members of her family singing and playing other instruments. The extensive sleeve notes are all in French.
£13 +