“Gabriel Yacoub, for all that he has done as a solo artist, is still best known and remembered for his pioneering work with the group Malicorne, who played electric folk music from
By 1973, he and Marie had begun to feel the need to express their own ideas in their own language and musical idiom, and a new world opened to them. They became not only the primary interpreters of French traditional music, but also spokespeople for cultural intervention and the revival of folk music. Pierre de Grenoble is the result of the Yacoubs’ first foray into French traditional songs and music. They gathered around themselves a small cadre of instrumentalists to support Gabriel’s acoustic guitar, bouzouki, banjo and psaltery and Marie’s dulcimer and guitar. Most notable among Pierre de Grenoble’s sidemen is Dan ar Braz, the brilliant electric guitarist from
More Malicorne albums to come, stay tuned! Meanwhile, you can find the first two releases of this great French band on Time Has Told Me.
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