Songs of oral tradition in the Breton language
in books, reviews and manuscripts


The team working on the research, the database and the website is unpaid. It is composed of:

The team of present at the 2017 Breton language Festival in Langonnet
  • Patrick Malrieu

    Patrick Malrieu has developed "Le Catalogue de la chanson populaire de tradition orale en langue bretonne" (Thèse de doctorat Études celtiques, Université de Haute-Bretagne, Rennes II, 1998). This catalogue identifies 1688 different types of songs, characterised by a critical title (in French and in Breton), a summary, one or more themes and explanatory notes when necessary.
    This catalogue identifies 5015 occurrences published or derived from handwritten collections.
  • Didier Becam

    Didier Bécam designed the structure of the database on oral Tradition and imported the initial catalogue. He completed the occurrences of songs by adding 6902 occurrences published or in manuscript form. He identified the occurrences of the same version. The presence of a score has been specified. The names of authors, interpreters and places have been standardized.
    He created the PDFs associated with the songs.
  • Nolwenn Morvan

    Nolwenn Morvan has developed this website, which is the interface between the database and the user.
    Her website: Feel free to contact her for any inquiries.

A big thank you to our translators: Didier Bécam and Mike James for English; Laurence Berthou-Bécam, Patrick Malrieu for the Breton.
Thanks to the people who have allowed listening scores in MP3 format: Patrick Duplenne (Midi) and Dominique JOUVE (Clarinet).
Thanks also to Alan MADEC and Evelyne Henry for the graphic tips.

Thanks to those who have allowed us to publish excerpts of their works in PDF or in MP3:

Thanks to all the people who have helped us, whether during the researchs or for the tests of the site.

Contact Facebook Page