Alan Stivell ( born January 6, 1944 in Riom, France; actually Alan Cochevelou ) is a French musician and singer of Breton music. He is especially known as a harpist and for its combination of folk and rock music.
Stivell grew up in Morbihan in southern Brittany and Paris and learned as a small child to play the piano. His father, Jord (Georges ) Cochevelou, developed the first Celtic Harp of modern times, after this instrument was neither built nor played over centuries. When Alan was nine years old, he started to play on this harp, and joined a short time later for the first time publicly. In 1957 he began to learn the Breton language and the bagpipes playing. 1966 built his father for him a bardic harp, which is in contrast to the Celtic harp strung with bronze strings. 1967, Alan Cochevelou the pseudonym " Alan Stivell " to. Stivell means " source " in Breton. The name refers to its French name Cochevelou, a reinterpretation of Breton Kozh stivelloù (the " old sources "). For Stivell the Celtic bardic harp and the media were to feel connected to the long time almost unknown and despised Breton - Celtic culture and mythology. Through numerous worldwide appearances he made the Celtic harp to a popular instrument. Through his singing, including Breton, Welsh, Irish and Scottish Gaelic, he was among the first historical and cultural ties of the insular Celtic settlement area in the center.
Since the 1980s, he designed his own harps, both in the traditional style as well as electro-acoustic. Alan Stivell sang the first folk musicians the Breton folk song Son Ar Chistr ( " Song of the cider " ) on his 1970 released album Reflets, which gained seven days of the Dutch formation bots in Germany under the title of great notoriety.
In May 2009, Stivell intoned the Breton national anthem at the Stade de France before kickoff of pure Breton final of the French Cup football between Stade Rennes ( city Roazhon ) and EA Guingamp (War - raok Gwengamp ). 10 September 2011 Alan Stivell was at the festival in Selb Mediaval for the first time since 2007 in Germany live on stage.
The French hip- hop group Manau adapted the chorus of the song has become known by Stivell Tri Martolod for her hit La tribu de Dana, which led to disputes between two parties. In 2008, the melody of Tri Martolod was also adapted from the folk metal band Eluveitie for her song Inis Mona. Nolwenn Leroy came in 2012 along with Stivell and interpreted while several of his pieces. The German band Santiano also published a version of Tri Martolod.