IN IMAGES, IN PICTURES. The Celts in Ouche festival opens in style in Conches-en-Ouche

IN IMAGES, IN PICTURES.  The Celts in Ouche festival opens in style in Conches-en-Ouche

The Celtic festival opened on Friday November 18, 2022 at the village hall with a very successful evening. This Saturday, place to the oxen and the fest-noz.

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After long days of preparation, the Celtes-en-Ouche festival opened its doors on Friday November 18, 2022 and, from the first evening, the tone was set. Among the spectators was Jacques, 50, from Rennes, a university teacher, who learned the bombarde in college. He abandoned it in favor of the Scottish bagpipes. Dressed in traditional clan costume, he took to the stage with a spirited Scottish air. This is also the spirit of the festival. True amateurs are with each other and express their happiness. Party hall with the maximum authorized capacity, a connoisseur and impatient public: all the ingredients were there for this event to get off to a good start.

A jam to end the evening

Opening, the Kelf duo took the audience on a journey through medieval Celtic lands, with Irish songs where Virginia’s voice and violin answered Johanner’s harp. The Insch trio has returned to traditional Scottish music carried by modern sounds. The evening ended with the performance of a regular on the Conchoise scene, Erwan Menguy, in a quartet of strings and cittern to interpret his own compositions. And to close this magnificent evening, the three groups came together on stage to offer the public a high-flying “beef”.

“This music lives in me”

The day of Saturday traditionally reserved for the off, saw gathering, as usual, amateur musicians from all walks of life. They intuitively find the popular melodies and compositions of Celtic music, whether Breton, Irish or Scottish. The first stop of the day brought them together at the Le Cyrano café, which warmly welcomes them every year. The customers of the weekend saw their passage embellished with the sounds of the guitar, the flute, the tambourine and the cittern.

Among the public, many regulars, frequent spectators since the beginning of the festival, meet warmly to share their Celtic passion. Like Patrick, a 60-year-old from the Paris region: “I discovered this festival last year and I come back with great joy. I must have distant Celtic roots because this music has been with me since I was very young. »

Once restored, the musicians continue their journey with planned stops at the Art Mony music store and then at the Cabane Café, another Mecca of the Celtic journey. Waiting for the evening of this Saturday placed under the sign of the fest-noz.

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