Bernard Benoit (France): Is this Prog Folk?
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Topic: Bernard Benoit (France): Is this Prog Folk?
Posted: September 15 2012 at 13:40
Well it's certainly some very beautiful and skillfully played Celtic inspired guitar work. Rateyourmusic state the sub genre as 'Breton Celtic Folk Music': http://rateyourmusic.com/artist/bernard_benoit, but I don't know if that has anything to do with Prog Folk 'progarchives style'.
From www.gwerz.com/artistes/biographies/benoit.htm (google-translated from French):
Guitarist Bernard Benoit (classical guitar, acoustic guitar 12 strings, harp and dulcimer) will soon celebrate thirty-years of performing. In 1972 he published his first album, Guitar Celtic (on the Kelenn label).
The discography of Bernard Benoit is vast. It presents Celtic-inspired compositions, traditional tunes from Brittany, and also folk, trad and even New Age. Some of his compositions are the subject of recordings by other musicians such as Anne Chaurand (Celtia Guitar).
Bernard Benoit released between 1975 and 1992 five albums: Lutunn Noz on the Arion label, Rigéna (Polydor), Prelude Englouti (Velia), Bernard Benoit (on MA), Marine (FR3 Rennes Productions). In 1995, he recorded Pluriel Barzaz Breiz. The disc has a few major themes of the work of Theodore of Villemarqué. Then, the following year, it was alongside Christophe Caron (who plays the bombard) that he recorded the album 'Guitare et Bombarde' (Sony Griffe).
Bernard Benoit has also for many years worked with the Breton singer Glenmor and participated in tours and recordings of the latter.
Have a listen anyway...This is really beautiful stuff:
Lutunn Noz 1975, (full album):
From Rigéna (1978):
From Prelude Englouti (1981):
And from his very first album 'Guitare Celtique' (1973)
More stuff on his Youtube channel too: http://www.youtube.com/user/BernardBenoit
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|Post Options Quote Reply Posted: September 18 2012 at 12:17|
You know what David, I actually think there's a lot of interesting stuff here besides the overt folk music. There's all kinds of different medieval sprinklings and the odd symphonic whiff - even if that's done without the use of drums. I mean we already have a band like Malicorne up in this mother, so I guess this one should have a fair chance
I'm throwing it by the folk lads.
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