TI AR SONERIEN has partnered with Bodadeg ar Sonerien Penn ar Bed (federation of Pipers in Brittany).
This partnership focuses on the supply of lots and vouchers for the winners of various competitions and events organized by the federation this year.
Congratulations to the Bagad KONK KERNE (Concarneau) for first place in St-Brieuc on the occasion of the first round of the National Bagadoù Championship (grade 3) ! Good luck for the future ...
Favorite new record : Le Gall-Carré / Moal & Friends
Tangi Le Gall-Carré (Button accordion) and Erwan Moal (Guitar)
Kenstrivadeg ar Bagadoù 2013 war-eeun war internet !
The Breton Bagad championship live on Internet !
2012 best sales at sonerien.com :
Bloavezh mat ! Bonn anaéy ! Bonne année ! Bliadhna mhath ur ! Happy new year !
The Breton piper Konogan an Habask will dedicate at TI AR SONERIEN the Saturday, December 22, 2012 from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm.
The Breton singer Yann-Fañch Kemener will dedicate at TI AR SONERIEN the Saturday, December 15, 2012 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm.
New release - Featured : D'AR PEVARLAMM, the new CD of Konogan an Habask
Renowned musician and piper in Brittany, Konogan has been playing for fifteen years with one of the leading bands of the Breton stage : Startijenn. At age 28, he embodies a musical practice begun at an early age with an innovative approach of compositions.
D'AR PEVARLAMM with 11 tracks, performed solo and group, will amaze the listener.
Jackie Pincet of Brittany was awarded the Balvenie Medal for services to piping.
Blair Atholl, Scotland – October 27, 2012
Link to his last CD : Solo Piping Art - Volume 4
23rd Book Festival in Carhaix (Central Brittany) this week-end
The "Festival of the Book in Brittany - Gouel al levrioù e Breizh" will take place, as every year in Carhaix, 27 & 28 October.
Showcase for the Breton edition, the festival expects this year a hundred publishers nearly 300 authors and tens of thousands of visitors.
This 23th edition will be chaired by journalist and writer Jean BOTHOREL and the thematic of the festival will be : Cartoon and political books.
Information : www.festivaldulivre-carhaix.org
Our favorite ... CD A Unan !
A CD with 4 Breton solo pipers : Xavier BODERIOU, Sylvain HAMON, Hervé LE FLOC'H and Alexis MEUNIER, has a success since its release (PAKER PROD, November 2011).
Critics (Breton and international) are unanimous :
Sometimes all you need is a good bagpipeand a good tune. Breton pipers realize this as well and have produced an album of bagpipe music that is truly, all about the bagpipes and the tunes. Vince JANOSKI - Pipehacker
I normally wait until the end to give recommendations regarding any Cd or DVD. But I'll just do this right off the bat. Go buy it. Now. Donald McBRIDE - pipes|drums
S'il est paru en Bretagne ces dernières années quelques enregistrements de solistes de cornemuse, A Unan est bien le premier à prendre une tournure à ce point écossaise. Armel MORGANT - Musique Bretonne
The four featured players are all 'top of the tree' pipers and this CD features some stunning fingerwork. Bruce CAMPBELL - Piping World
Link to order the CD : A Unan
The "Festival des Filets Bleus" this week at CONCARNEAU ...
Oldest traditional festival of Brittany (107 years!), The "Festival des Filets Bleus" will be as every year in CONARNEAU from Wednesday 15 to Sunday 19 August.
The program for this new edition : concerts with Alan STIVELL, Mairtin O'CONNOR Band, The Goristes, Trio EDF, Tayfa... and also on the Sunday with forty traditional bands of music and dances.
More information : Festival Website
The Breton Bagad Champions (grade 1) play on McCALLUM !
The final of the Bagad National Championship (grade 1) was held as every year at the Festival Interceltic of LORIENT on last Saturday. After this final, Bagad Kemper was crowned Champion of Brittany for the 20th time.
Also note, that in this competition, the three pipes' corps highest ranked, played with McCALLUM pipe chanters.
Results Pipes' corps (LORIENT contest) :
1 / Bagad Cap Caval
2 / Bagad Brieg
3 / Bagad Kemper
Results Overall (LORIENT contest) :
1 / Bagad Kemper
2 / Bagad Brieg
3 / Bagad Cap Caval
2012 Championship results :
1 / Bagad Kemper (20th title)
2 / Bagad Cap Caval
3 / Kevrenn Alre
Results of McCALLUM & TI AR SONERIEN's contests
The Trophy McCALLUM & TI AR SONERIEN (solo piping competitions) took place as every year in the Festival of Cornouaille (Quimper, Brittany), the Thursday 26th of July.
This year, the contests was helding in the old theatre of the city where some famous Pipers as Fred MORRISON, Gordon DUCAN, Kenny MacLEOD... used to play for concerts in the 80's and 90's.
No fewer than eight competitors competed themselves in the category - 20 years and 8 in the Open category. Each competitor required to appear in three separate events (Breton, Scottish and Irish) to win the trophy.
As a reminder, McCALLUM Bagpipes offers the winner in the category - 20 years, an AB4 Deluxe bagpipe.
Results - 20 years :
1 / Davy LE GALL (Plabennec)
Davy, aged 15, won this year the McCALLUM bagpipe
2 / Enora MORICE (Pommerit le Vicomte)
3 / Aymeric BEVAN (Vannes)
Results Open :
1 / Ladislas KLATKA (Briec)
2 / Pierre THEBAULT (Vannes)
3 / Frank MEDRANO (Auray)
Frank was the winner of the contest (- 20 years) in 2011 and was so playing with his McCALLUM bagpipe.
Malo GENTIL (from Plabennec) in 2012
Registration for the Trophy McCALLUM / TI AR SONERIEN
McCALLUM Bagpipes and the shop TI AR SONERIEN will again partaire of bagpipe solo competitions for the 89th Festival of Cornouaille in QUIMPER (Brittany), the hursday 26th of July.
New website : http://www.patrickmolard.com
Patrick Molard comes from a long and extremely rich tradition of Breton pipers who have embraced the Highland pipe in their native France and helped to expand both the Breton and Highland piping traditions.
Last released : The waking of the bridegroom - Dùsgadh fir na bainnse
TI AR SONERIEN participateq in contests of MENEZ MEUR (Breton musics and dances) on Sunday July 1st at HANVEC (29).
These competitions bring together each year over 500 participants from 10 am. TI AR SONERIEN will have this year a stand with instruments, CDs and scores.
Information : www.bas29.com
TI AR SONERIEN will partner the Priz Steir'Eo. The contests will be held Saturday, June 23, 2012 afternoon at the Moulin Vert in Quimper :
Information / Rules and Inscriptions on www.moulin-vert.org
For the third consecutive year, the Breton cultural association TUD BRO KONK organizes at Concarneau the Festival of Brittany, the Sunday, May 27, 2012.
Concerts with Bagad KONK KERNE, GPS Brittany Pipe-Band, Breton local Choir, traditionnal dances, piping & druming contest...
Dom Duff (Breton singer) will also play on the night.
TI AR SONERIEN will race for the Breton language "AR REDADEG" Friday, May 18, 2012 at midnight : 1395 KM at the roundabout in front of the store.
Website : http://www.ar-redadeg.org
TI AR SONERIEN will partner this year to "Gouel B.A.S. Penn ar Bed" (Feast of the pipers' federation of Finistère) on the Saturday 12th of May at the Gardens of the Bishopric in QUIMPER.
From 1:30 pm : departmental contests in grade 5 and sets of beginners contests (more than 23 bands)
From 5:00 pm : concerts of bagadoù and instrumental bands.
Information : Bodadeg ar Sonerien Penn ar Bed - www.bas29.com
TI AR SONERIEN (The House of Pipers) - is pleased to introduce its new model of bagpipes and chanters in B.
Manufactured in Scotland by McCALLUM Bagpipes, these instruments were designed and developed by Hervé LE FLOC'H and Sylvain HAMON (from Bagad CAP CAVAL) on behalf of TI AR SONERIEN.
Already adopted by several Bagads in Brittany, these instruments are very popular for their sound and exceptional accuracy.
Some exciting news about McCallum pipe chanters.
In a Piper and Drummer survey and article on their web site entitled What the world's top pipe band pipe-sections are playing it was discovered that 50% of the grade one bands were playingMcCallum Pipe Chanters in the 2011 season.
Here's what they said :
"Only 20 years ago the types of chanters being played at the Grade 1 level numbered maybe four. Forty years ago that number was probably fewer. In 2011, though, a total of nine varieties were counted, with McCallum plastic chanters most popular with more than 34% of bands competing with them. Interestingly, 19% of bands went out with blackwood Sinclair chanters – famously expensive instruments that are generally accepted to require very adept players to handle their tuning requirements. McCallum blackwood chanters make strong headway in third spot, with nearly 16% of respondents playing them, meaning that McCallum owns more than 50% of the market surveyed when the small percentage of bands playing McCallum MC2 chanters is factored.
McCallum is the runaway leader in terms of manufacturers."
TI AR SONERIEN is partner of the 36th "Printemps de Chateauneuf" to be held this Sunday, April 8, 2012.
This year they are 40 pairs of pipers and singers who will lead the biggest "fest noz deiz ha" traditional of Brittany !
The shop TI AR SONERIEN will be closed this Saturday, March 31 afternoon to support the event "Deomp de'i evit ar Brezhoneg !" in favor of regional languages and cultures in Quimper.
Website of the event
Congratulations to Bagad KONK KERNE who brilliantly won the first round of the Breton Bagads Championship (Grade 4) last Sunday in Pontivy.
The new website sonerien.com is finally up. You'll find your usual sections and easy navigation.
We will also try on this page to inform you regularly of the news of our store and of pipers in general.
Enjoy your visit !
Our site will have a "makeover" in the coming days ... It will periodically for maintenance and we apologize in advance for the inconvenience.
New items coming soon ...
Best sales 2011
You will find below the list of top sales (in quantity and category) conducted in 2011 on the site TI AR SONERIEN. So we are pleased to offer 5% discount on all of these products for any order placed by February 15th :
- Musical instrument : Irish Tin Whisltes WALTONS Pack with CD
- Method of Learning : Nouvelle méthode de cornemuse
- Collection of scores : La musique irlandaise au violon
All the team of TI AR SONERIEN wishes you a happy new year 2012 !
Gwellañ hetoù a berzh skipailh TI AR SONERIEN evit ar bloavezh 2012 !
McCallum Bagpipes news
This year has been another successful year for pipers and pipe bands playing McCallum products.
One young man who has been doing really well in recent years is Calum Beaumont.
At this years Argyllshire Gathering in Oban, Calum Beaumont won his first gold medal playing a full silver set of McCallum Bagpipes with an McC2 pipe chanter.
He also won the silver medal in 2006 with this set. He has been playing a different set in the Inverary Pipe Band for a couple of years as well.
"Bagpipes 2011" in QUIMPER Saturday, December 17, 2011
As every year, TI AR SONERIEN will be partner of the contest "Bagpipes" organized by the Federation of Pipers in Finistère - Bodadeg ar Sonerien Penn ar Bed - this Saturday at the theater of Max Jacob in QUIMPER.
TI AR SONERIEN will host a booth and will present his new bagpipes in B McCALLUM.
Also note, the presentation of the new album "A Unan" by pipers Xavier BODERIOU, Sylvain HAMON, Hervé LE FLOC'H and Alexis MEUNIER.
TI AR SONERIEN just joined the Breton group of independent bookstores KENSTROLL.
St. Andrew's day offer
TI AR SONERIEN celebrates the "St. Andrew's day / Latha Naomh Anndra" (Scotland's official national day) along November and offer 5% discount on all the following items :
To do this, simply enter the voucher "ANDREV" in the shopping cart summary.
Released at PAKER PROD RECORDINGS :
Samajhima with the duet VINCENDEAU / FELDER (Button accordion / Fiddle)
A Unan with the 4 solo pipers : BODERIOU / HAMON / LE FLOC'H / MEUNIER
News from PAKER PROD
2 new CD will be release the 5th of November :
- SAMAJHIMA with the duet Stevan Vincendeau & Thomas Felder (accordion / fiddle)
- A UNAN with 4 solo pipers : Xavier Boderiou, Sylvain Hamon, Hervé Le Floc'h & Alexis MEUNIER
Pibroc'h en bord de mer - CANCALE (35) - 18th September 2011
For the seventh consecutive year, the Breton association "Musique de Pibroc'h - Music of Piobaireachd" holds in CANCALE (Brittany - France) the event "Pibroc'h en bord de mer - Piobaireachd on the seafront" next Sunday the 18th of September.
The public is guest to discover and stroll by listening the best pipers (about twenty from Brittany and abroad), whom will play a piece of "classical music" from the Celtic repertoire. These pieces are suitable to dream and the auditor may run his eye on the most beautiful site of CANCALE, in the crook of the bay of Mont St Michel.
Hear this majestic music is like extending the time for an infinity of sensations and to provide to CANCALE a specific event musical and poetic, unique, by the masters of this art : Hervé LE FLOC'H (Bagad Cap Caval) Patrick MOLARD (from SAINT-MALO, well known), Anne LORE (from ORLEANS)... and some promising young talents. We will again this year invited two Irish medalists : Alisdair DUNN and Robert WATT.
Practical information :
Location : Pointe les Crolles (from 9:30 am to 12:30 am) / Port Picain (from 1.30 pm to 6.30 pm)
Fast food on-site
Presentations by Louis-Marie MONDEGUER (Cultural Postgraduate Diploma)
Festival des Filets Bleus
The Festival takes place this week at CONCARNEAU (Brittany) :
Friday : Bagad PENHARS (Brittany) / RED CARDELL (Brittany)
Saturday : DAONET (Brittany) / Gilles SERVAT (Brittany)
Sunday : Parade and concert with Bagadoù (the Breton Pipe-Bands) & Traditionnal dancing groups from Brittany / Fest-noz (the Breton Céilí) with STARTIJENN, PENN GOLLO & SPOUM.
Trophy "TI AR SONERIEN - McCALLUM 2011"
Since 2003, the Festival de Cornouaille in Quimper holds a young solo piping contest.
For this ninth edition, Franck MEDRANO (Piper from the Kevrenn Alre) won yesterday the trophy : an engraved AB4 McCALLUM Bagpipes.
TUNETAPE - Pipe Chanter tape
Contest of Breton Music and Dance - Sunday, June 26, 2011
Bodadeg Ar Sonerien Penn Ar Bed (Breton piping association), organizes competitions of Breton music in the field of Menez-Meur to Hanvec.
Each year together over 600 participants compete.
The program for this day from 10am :
Competitions Bombards corps - Drum corps - Pipe band - Solo piping -Solo druming - Young duets
TI AR SONERIEN & McCALLUM Bagpipes are partners of this event !
Contact : BAS 29 website
The Bagad KONK KERNE plays in "The Bolloc'h Breizh Tour"
Since 1 year the Bagad of Concarneau plays with the Breton artist Yvan Le Bolloc'h with his band "My guitar is called back". Currently takes place in Brittany "The Bolloc'h Breizh Tour" with some pipers of the Bagad.
"Saint-Yves / Gouel Erwan" offer
Remember : more than a few days to enjoy the promotion "Saint-Yves / Gouel Erwan"(See News, 12 May 2011)
The Breton cultural federation of - TUD BRO KONK - organises on Saturday, May 21st the "Gouel Breizh - Festival of Brittany"
Program : Traditional music contest, introduction to Breton dances, performances of young Pipers and Celtic dancers from CONCARNEAU, GPS Brittany Pipe Band, duo CIAPOLINO / HUIBAN... without forgetting the presentation of the Queen's 2011 of the "Festival des Filets Bleus" !
Free animations from 14.00 in the "Carré des Larrons" in the old city.
St. Erwan offer
TI AR SONERIEN celebrates the "Saint Erwan" (Breton national day) along May and offer 5% discount on all the following items :
To do this, simply enter the voucher "ERWAN" in the shopping cart summary.
CD 'kreiz da fas ! by the group STARTIJENN awarded "Best breton music record of the year".
Trophy of Filets Bleus - Traditional music contest
The Bagad KONK KERNE organizes Saturday, May 21, 2011 from 2:00 pm at CONCARNEAU the "Trophy of Filets Bleus", a competition of traditional music which comes in 3 events : bagpipe solo, snare drum solo and bagpipe / bombard.
Information : +33 (0)6 61 44 67 72 or email@example.com
LUNASA at the "Festival des Filets Bleus" in CONCARNEAU (Brittany)
The Breton Festival in CONCARNEAU announced this week some of its booking from Thursday 18 August. For the occasion, the Festival will organize an evening Scotland v Ireland with two leading bands of the Celtic scene : LAU (Scotland) and LUNASA (Ireland).
New : CD Solo Piping Art (Vol 3) by Jacky PINCET
This second volume with 2 CD was taped by Jacky between 1982 and 1986 to the time when he was preparing for solo piping competitions in Scotland (Oban, Inverness...). It includes 18 tracks including 12 pieces of classical Piobaireachd of the MacCrimmons, MacKays, MacIntyre et MacDougall.
Last days to promote the Saint Patrick's Day !
To recap TI AR SONERIEN celebrates in March "Saint Patrick" (see news 01st of March). So enjoy these last days to receive a 5 % discount by applying the discount coupon "PADRIG" on all your purchases of Irish goods.
The McCALLUM pipe-chanters are the most used in the world !
According to a survey conducted this month by KINNAIRD, over 31% of the solo pipers uses the McC ² and also over 53% of the pipe bands uses the McCALLUM pipe-chanters.
St. Patrick offer
TI AR SONERIEN will celebrate the "Saint Patrick" (Irish national day) along March and offer 5% discount on all the following products :
To do this, simply enter the voucher "PADRIG" in the shopping cart summary.
New jewelry TOULHOAT
You will find now on the site a full range of jewelry Pierre TOULHOAT : crosses, medals, bracelets, brooches, pendants, rings, necklaces and earrings.
All these jewels are made in Brittany and created by silversmith Pierre TOULHOAT: Gold (750 °/°°) or Silver (925 °/°°) with Breton and Celtic designs.
Favorite to STARTIJENN !
The team of TI AR SONERIEN gives a favorite to the Breton band STARTIJENN and its new record 'Kreiz da fas !
The 5 members musicians of the group are currently playing for 4 gigs in Belgium and the Netherlands.
Best record sales in 2010 :
Breton music : STARTIJENN - Pakit holl ! - Product
Scottish music : Fred MORRISON - Outlands - Product
Irish music : LUNASA - Lá Nua - Product
GPS Brittany Pipe Band
A new Pipe Band is born in Brittany the : the Gradlon Piping Society Brittany Pipe Band.
Already composed of thirty musicians, this new Pipe Band is led by Pipe Major Michel DROUAL and chaired by Hervé JAOUEN.
The Pipe Band has decided to equip themselves with pipe chanters McCALLUM and ANDANTE drums sold by TI AR SONERIEN.
We all wish a good trip - Iter Facere - to the GPS Brittany Pipe Band.
The National Bagadou Championship
The first round of the National Bagadou Championship be held in 2011 on the following dates :
- 1st grade Contest - Sunday, February 27, 2011 - In Quartz, Brest
- 3rd grade Contest - Sunday, March 6, 2011 - Hermione Hall, St Brieuc
- 2nd grade Contest - Sunday, March 13, 2011 - At the Palais des Congres, Vannes
- 4th grade Contest - Sunday, April 3, 2011 - At the Palais des Congres, Pontivy
More information on the website of the Federation of Bagpipers : Bodadeg ar Sonerion
In 2011, prices fall ...
TI AR SONERIEN presents its new price list including lower prices on whistles CHIEFTAIN : http://www.sonerien.com/category.php?id_category=51
New products will also proposed early this year. Do not hesitate to consult regularly the page Arrivals & Sales.
All the team of TI AR SONERIEN wishes you a happy new year 2011 !
Congratulations to the Bagad Konk Kerne (Concarneau), which played last Sunday in the French TV alongside with the French comedian Yvan Bolloc'h.
Link of their last record : http://www.sonerien.com/product.php?id_product=730
Note also the concert on local TV of the breton group STARTIJENN with the release of their latest album 'Kreiz da fas !, the Friday, December 31 at 20.35 and the Saturday January 1 at 15:00.
Link of the record 'Kreiz da fas ! : http://www.sonerien.com/product.php?id_product=1015&id_lang=1
Reminder : 5% discount for Christmas !
Dedication of Martial Ménard
The linguist Martial Menard will sign his new book-event "My first Breton-French dictionary" the Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 17:30
5% discount for Christmas !
On the occasion of Christmas and New Year, we are pleased to offer you a 5% discount for orders placed before December 31, 2010 on our website.
To do this, simply enter the coupon - NEDELEG - in the order summary.
We also take this opportunity to wish you all a happy Christmas.
We are pleased to introduce Adrien TOUPIN (bagpiper from Bagad Penhars - Quimper) in our team.
It is at your disposal for any information regarding our musical instruments and other accessories.
Results of the trophy TI AR SONERIEN - McCALLUM
- 15 years old : Bavy Legall – Bagad Plabenneg (win 1 wooden practice chanter beaded engraved nickel ferrules).
15 / 20 years old : Malo Gentil – Bagad Plabenneg (win 1 AB4 engraved deluxe bagpipes).
Senior : Stuart Lydell - Inveraray Pipe Band (win 1 McCallum solo chanter McC² - Blackwood).
Trophy "TI AR SONERIEN - McCALLUM"
TI AR SONERIEN and McCALLUM Bagpipes are partners of the Solo piping competitions during the "Cornouaille Festival" at Quimper (Brittany).
The competition will take place at Ti ar Vro (Quimper) the 22th of July 2010.
Informations : Cornouaille Festival
New : Highland Bagpipe Tuner
New range of stickers and flags from Brittany and others Celtic countries : http://www.sonerien.com/category.php?id_category=122&id_lang=1
New CD of Bagad Karreg an Tan from Brieg
St. Patrick, March 17th
TI AR SONERIEN will celebrate the "Saint Patrick" (Irish national day) from March, 12th to 21st and offer 5% discount on all the following products :
- Musical Instruments - Tin & Low whistles
- Musical Instruments - Bodhrans
- Tutorials - Flutes & Whistles
- Scores - Flute & Whistle
- Scores - Irish Music
- CD/DVD - Irish Music
To do this, simply enter the voucher "PADRIG" in the shopping cart summary.
Bagad Cap Caval won last Sunday the first part of the Bagad Championship (Grade 1). The first 5 bands have played with McCallum pipe chanter (Bagad version).
World Bagad Championship - Grade 1
First part at Brest the Sunday 14th of February
All the team of TI AR SONERIEN (The Pipers house) wish you a Happy New Year !