About Loic BLEJEAN

Loïc Bléjean is a musician, uilleann pipes and low whistle player from Brittany, in West of France. Deeply rooted in Irish traditional music, he is also a very versatile musician, having taken part in many different projects over the last twenty five years. He started with the pipes in 1989 under the tuition of Alain Le Hegarat, and then traveled a lot in Ireland, where he met many great musicians. In 1996, he shared the stage with fiddler Paul Flynn and singer/guitar player David Muldrew for the first of several residencies at McGurk's, the famous Irish venue in St. Louis, Missouri., where he returned several times, one with his brother Ronan and American singer Nancy Conescu in 1999. His adaptability always led him from recording studios to major festivals. During the nineties, he was a member of influential bands: pop-rock "Glaz" and French Canadian "Gwazigan". In 2009, Gay McKeon invited him to play for the "Session with the Pipers" concert series, at the Cobblestone in Dublin, and he performed at the William Kennedy Piping Festival in Armagh, with his younger brother Ronan (button accordion). He played again at those two events in 2013, this time with New York concertina player Louisa Bennion, after a U.S. tour earlier that year. Among the recent musical experiences (orchestral ensemble "Ars'Ys", or progressive rock "Children in Paradise"), he is now working with jazz musicians Gildas & JB Boclé, in the exciting Boclé Bros. Band. A new album, recorded in NYC and Brittany, has been released in 2015, right before their first Irish Tour. In 2016, he joined the production of "The Taming of the Shrew", directed by Caroline Byrne, at London's Shakespeare Globe Theater. He also plays duets with London-born bodhran and bouzouki virtuoso & singer Tad Sargent (new album released in early 2017), with his brother Ronan (accordion), and New Yorker Louisa Bennion (concertina). A more personal project is on its way, combining irish trad with many influences….Meanwhile, Loïc tours as a solo artist (concerts, workshops, master classes) Loïc and his brother founded Irish Rendez Vous Music Festival, on the north coast of Brittany, promoting irish traditional music at its very best since 2009.

Loïc Bléjean & JB Boclé /// Sliabh na mBan

Loïc Bléjean (uilleann pipes) & Jean-Baptiste Boclé (Hammond organ)
. Listen to a unique combination of uilleann pipes chanter, drones & regs, with Hammond organ, arranged & recorded in Brooklyn, NY by JB Boclé, in this rendition of the slow air “Sliabh na mBan”, inspired by the beautiful version of Traveller and extraordinary musician Johnny Doran.
From the album “Loïc Bléjean & Tad Sargent”, available here: loicblejean.com/shop/
Also check Boclé Bros. Keltic Project out on this website and at https://www.bocle.com/
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Boclé Bros. /// William Kennedy Piping Festival 2015

Loïc Bléjean & Tad Sargent – Reviews

"Exciting, accomplished, and toe-tappingly vibrant" ★★★★, Billy Rough, SONGLINES

“Bléjean and Sargent come out of the traps like a pair of electrified greyhounds”
Paul Matheson, FOLK ROOTS

“High octane instrumental offerings”
Daniel Neely, NYC IRISH ECHO

“Quick–fire piping with a good solid beat”
Alex Monaghan, IRISH MUSIC MAGAZINE

“Exciting, accomplished, and toe-tappingly vibrant” ★★★★
Billy Rough, SONGLINES

“Two gifted and versatile players”
Kevin T. Ward, LIVING TRADITION

“Virtuosi from Brittany and London” ★★★★
Colin Bailey, R2

“Une véritable pépite à découvrir avec enthousiasme”
Philippe Cousin, TRAD MAGAZINE

“Ce premier album est un coup de maître”
Philippe Cousin, LE PEUPLE BRETON

More reviews: https://loicblejean.com/reviews/

Chroniques en Français: https://loicblejean.com/chroniques/