August 31, 2007

Bagad Brieg hauls in another Breton Championship

Lorient, Brittany – August 6, 2007 –Bagad Brieg won the Grade 1 Breton Championships at the Festival Interceltique.

Grade 1 Bagads
1st Brieg
2nd Cap-Caval
3rd Quimper
4th St Malo
5th Pontivy
6th Lokoal-Mendon
7th Quimperle

Bagad Brieg of Brittany in performance.
Earlier in the day, Hervé Le Floc’h of Brittany won the Piobaireachd competition in which 12 played and John Wilson and Bob Worrall judged.

1st Hervé Le Floc’h, Brittany “Lament for Donald Duaghal MacKay”
2nd Robert Watt, Northern Ireland, “The Vaunting”
3rd Lionel Tupman, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, “The Old Men of the Shells”
4th Alexis Meunier, Brittany, “Lament for the Viscount of Dundee”
5th Matthew Supranowicz, Australia, “The Groat”


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  1. Full summaries are here: Whenever bagadoù contests are discussed I like to point out the huge judging panel. There are 2 judges for each corps (pipes, bombardes, and drums) plus 6 ensemble judges. It’s also interesting to look at since the RSPBA asked grade 1 and 2 bands about opening up the format. Bagadoù definitely break the mould at Lorient which is the equivalent of their big medley contest of the year. Essentially they put on a 15-20 minute concert with some allowances for non-corps instruments. Here’s a clip of the current champions, Bagad Brieg, from a performance of the festival de Cournouaille earlier this year.



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