Jan 8, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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Please join us in welcoming the famous Breton singer-songwriter Nolwenn Leroy as she makes her New York City debut at DROM. Nolwenn has had two No. 1 hits in France and has sold millions of CDs so it'll be a real treat for us to see her in such an intimate venue as DROM. Many of the songs she's made famous, such as Tri Martolod and Prison de Nantes are well-known Breton folk songs, re-imagined for a wider audience. Here's the official write-up on her:
A unique name and heritage, a French token and national emblem, Nolwenn Leroy brings us her self titled album Nolwenn with adaptations of traditional Celtic songs. As a French pop star and author-composer, native from the foreign land of Brittany, which was once an independent kingdom and later became a small province joined to the French Empire; it was no surprise that one day Nolwenn would make an album dedicated to the very roots that taught her the love of music.
The album is a link between pop and Celtic music, but above all remains a tribute to the artists and melodies that created the songs. With a piercing gaze, she sings familiar songs from the past with a classical voice of the rarest kind. She could have been the girl from Tri Martolod, a traditional Breton song about three sailors who anchor at a shore and all fall in love with the same woman. Songs sung in Breton, she recalls memories of her heritage, a French heritage, a piece of European history revisited and remembered. She tells us stories like Brest and Mna na h-Eireann a tribute song with Gaelic lyrics written in the 18th Century for Irish women who fought along men for the independence of their country. Strength, perseverance and never forgetting where we come from are some of the themes present in Nolwenn, an album with songs like Ma Bretagne quand elle pleut, a song about a man who remembers his childhood and tells us what it was like to grow up in Brittany.
Doors at 6:30, music at 7:30. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door with a two-drink or food item minimum. Click HERE to buy advance tickets online. We'll have a reserved space at the venue under New York Celtic Music Meetup. Just meet at the venue starting around 6:30. Some links:
Nolwenn Leroy on LastFM
Nolwenn Leroy videos/concert clips on YouTube
Nolwenn Leroy Facebook page
Nolwenn Leroy on Wikipedia