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La Bergère


Country of origin:

France

Type of music generally:

Neo-traditional contemporary folk, traditional folk

Status:

Most recent release, Étreintes (2014)

See also:

La Bergère's site

Comparisons:

Malicorne, Gabriel Yacoub, the more stripped-down songs of Steeleye Span

Covers/own material:

Own and traditional

General comments:

Lovely versions of traditional and neo-traditional French songs. Some especially gorgeous harmonies. Rather reminiscent of Gabriel Yacoub's solo work, but led by female vocals, and Sylvie Berger has a sweet, strong, and expressive voice. (Neile)

Recommended first album:

Either

Recordings:

  • ouvarosa (2002)
  • fi de l'eau (2006)
  • Étreintes (2014)

ouvarosa

Release info:

2002—elf

Availability:

France

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Sylvie Berger—vocals
Julien Biget—guitar, vocals, psaltery, mandolin, octave guitar, slide, percussion
Emmanuel Parisell—diatonic accordion, concertina, vocals, flute, bone, castanets

Guest artists:

Estelle Amsellem—contrabass
Solange Panis, Eveline Paris—vocals
Frédéric Pari—clarinet, vocals
Willy Soulette—bass clarinet, vocals
Gabriel Yacoub—vocals, guitar, percussion

Produced by:

Gabriel Yacoub

Comments:

I was drawn to this by Gabriel Yacoub's participation, and am very glad to have discovered it. This is a lovely disc, full of gorgeous vocals and harmonies. Exceptionally lovely, and highly recommended for anyone who likes neo-traditional folk. (Neile)

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