Breton harpist Alan Stivell brought the Breton harp out of the pages of history and into reality. He's also been a groundbreaker, with his innovative interpretations of traditional Celtic music. (…) Zoom is quintessential Stivell. A must-have album. The only drawback to the album is that the liner notes are in French.
Alan Stivell is a Breton musician and singer, recording artist and master of the celtic harp who from the early 1970s revived global interest in the Celtic (specifically Breton) harp and Celtic music as part of world music.
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive folk music
"Reflets" represented a teaser of STIVELL's mid to late 70s recordings with its blend of mournful (and occasionally spry) vocals with harp and other folk accompaniments and a little rock thrown in. It alluded to his indefatigable drive, now 4 decades old, to keep the tradition alive by holding its feet to the fire.
One of the best works of breton harpist Alan Stivell "Renaissance de la harpe celtique'…
Excalibur II: The Celtic Ring is the second part of a "Celtic rock opera" written and directed by Breton folk-rock musician Alan Simon.
The album was recorded with contributions from Jon Anderson (Yes), John Wetton (King Crimson / Asia), Alan Parsons, Justin Hayward from (the Moody Blues) and others.