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NYC Debut of Breton Chart-Topper Nolwenn Leroy at DROM

  • 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


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  • Catherine

    It was a great evening. Nolwenn put on a very eclectic performance.

    January 9, 2013

  • Howard W.

    Loved Nolwenn and last night's show. Rooting for her to have big success in the U.S. Thank you Dennis and Natasha for getting me in, I've for to stop procrastinating on tickets. Anyway I put up some nice pics on my FB page, and I'll be looking forward to Nolwenn's return.

    January 9, 2013

  • Mary Z

    Nolwenn has a lovely voice.

    January 9, 2013

  • Dennis

    Interesting mix of music, lively crowd.

    January 9, 2013

  • Dennis

    Catherine and Howard, I've given DROM your names. I'm told if you arrive by 6:30, 7 at the VERY latest, they SHOULD be able to get you in. Ask for Natasha when you get there if there is a problem.

    January 8, 2013

    • Catherine

      Thank you, Dennis. Hope to see you there around 6:30.

      January 8, 2013

  • Catherine

    Well, I snoozed on this one, figuring I could stroll up and buy a ticket at the door. I'll try it tonight, but it doesn't look good. Any spare tickets out there? :-(

    January 8, 2013

    • Howard W.

      Geez I had no idea that it was going to be a problem getting a ticket either.

      January 8, 2013

  • Dennis

    Advance tickets are sold out so RSVPs are closed.

    January 8, 2013

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