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    Posted: January 29 2024 at 00:18
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Gwendal is a French band of Celtic and Breton music formed in 1972 through the initiative of Youenn le Berre, a flutist and saxophonist. Their debut album, "Irish Jig," was released in 1974, unveiling the influences that would characterize the group.
In their early albums, the band skillfully blends elements of traditional Irish music with hints of rock and jazz. With their fourth record, "4," the band delves even further into the realms of rock and jazz fusion, showcasing their ability to evolve and adapt.
The musical diversity and innovative influence of Gwendal continue to resonate in the Celtic and Breton music scene.
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Ludovic Mesnil (guitar)
Jérôme Gueguen (keyboard)
Youenn le Berre (flute, sax)
Jean-Claude Philippe (violín)
David Rousaouën (drums)
Pascal Sarton (bass)

Douze Degrés

Mon Joli Scooter

Irish Jig

Official website: http://www.gwendal.eu/


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Studio Albums
Irish Jig (1974)
Gwen
Joe Can't Reel (1976)
Gwen 2
Rainy day (À vos désirs) (1977)
Gwen 5
4 (1979)
Gwen 4
Locomo (1983)
Gwen 6
Danse la musique (1985)
Gwen 3
Glen River (1989)
Gwen 7
Pan Ha Diskan (1995)
Gwen 8
War-Raog (2005)
Gwen 9

Live Albums
En concert (1981)
Live In Getxo (2016)

Singles & EPs
Irish Jig/An Dro-Nevez (1974)
Joe Cant's Reel/Benoit (1975)
Cam'Ye Ower Frae France (1978)
San Sebastian Night Fever/Bee New (1980)
Danse La Musique (1985)
Irish Jig (1996)
Medley Gwendal (1996)

Compilations
À Vos Désirs (1978)
Gwendal (1984)
Sillages (1985)
Irish-Jig (1989)
Les Plus Belles Chansons De Gwendal (1993)
Aventures Celtiques (1998)
L'Essentiel (2000)


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They were suggested for inclusion in Prog-Folk back in August 2017, but there was no response to the suggestion: https://www.progarchives.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=111631.

They seem to switch back and forth between the folk and more jazzy elements of their music quite a bit, so aren't going to be an easy act to pigeonhole. They're classed as 'World-New Age Styles (Prog) (Prog Related)' on Proggnosis. I'll be very surprised if they get approved here for Jazz Rock/Fusion to be honest.

Gwendal 4 (Les Mouettes S'battent) - Full album on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_kUWEJnKeEDNCMFQfiYBdZZAVoOYPTGJ6U.

The rest of the major albums can be found on YouTube via the 'Gwendal Topic' channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWA9P4BPBQJ2amljvdYwnPg.


The band has been added to AwesomeProg by Mirakaze of the JR/F/Canterbury and Eclectic teams in the last few minutes, so the suggestion has already been noted by our collaborators.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ThyroidGlands Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 29 2024 at 08:54
Yes, it's a band quite difficult to pigeonhole into a single genre, which is why I believe Jazz Rock/Fusion is the most fitting. I also considered Prog Related, although even today that category still seems a bit confusing to me.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mirakaze Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 29 2024 at 15:20
Originally posted by yam yam yam yam wrote:

The band has been added to AwesomeProg by Mirakaze of the JR/F/Canterbury and Eclectic teams in the last few minutes, so the suggestion has already been noted by our collaborators.

True!
Please keep in mind though that the Jazz Rock/Fusion team is among the most overburdened genre teams on our site, so it may took a while for us to properly process your suggestion.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Sean Trane Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 29 2024 at 16:20
I'm much more comfortable with Gwendal in Profg Folk rather than in JR/F, despite the latter showing its head in the longer tracks 


Sooo, most likely the PF team will take over, but we're still waiting for Gordy's verdict. 
let's just stay above the moral melee
prefer the sink to the gutter
keep our sand-castle virtues
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as well as a thinker,
prefer lifting our pen
rather than un-sheath our sword
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote kenethlevine Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 29 2024 at 16:38
I think folk is close enough but would it be worth checking with eclectic, given the frequent jazzy forays?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Gordy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 15 2024 at 20:47
I think they're eclectic Folk rather than folk-tinged Eclectic, and voted Yes.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Gordy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 22 2024 at 17:14
Now added to Prog Folk. If anyone would like to help me add their discography, it'd be greatly appreciated.
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