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Music of Brittany: Tri Martolod(With English Translation)

Been a fan of Alan Stivell and I tried to learn this song by heart . I found the English translation to this by Bobby Bob and Ellan Vannin. However the beauty of this song really blooms through its native tongue. Breton language is fascinating to study. Too bad I am still struggling with my Irish Gaelic. The one on the video is from Arany Zoltán, a rising  singer/song writer from Hungary. Visit http://www.aranyzoltan.hu/ and  http://www.youtube.com/user/aranzoltan

The lyrics in Breton are –

Tri martolod yaouank tra la la la digatra
Tri martolod yaouank o vonet da veajiñ
O vonet da veajiñ ge, o vonet da veajiñ

Gant ‘n avel bet kaset tra la la la digatra
Gant ‘n avel bet kaset betek an Douar-Nevez
Betek an Douar-Nevez ge, betek an Douar-Nevez

E-kichen Meilh-ar-Wern tra la la la digatra
E-kichen Meilh-ar-Wern o deus moulhet o eorioù
O deus mouilhet o eorioù ge, o deus mouilhet o eorioù

Hag e-barzh ar veilh-se tra la la la digatra
Hag e-barzh ar veilh-se e oa ur servijourez
E oa ur servijouirez ge, e oa ur servijourez

Hag e c’houlenn ganin tra la la la digatra
Hag e c’houlenn ganin pelec’h hor boa konesañs
Pelec’h hor boa konesañs ge, pelec’h hor boa konesañs

E Naoned er marc’had tra la la la digatra
E Naoned er marc’had hor boa choazet ur walenn
Hor boa choazet ur walenn ge, hor boa choazet ur walenn

You can see that the structure of the song is quite repetitive, so the following attempt at a translation just tries to deal with the operative words in each verse – you’ll have to sort out the vocables for yourself.

In fact, you’ll probably have to sort out the meaning for yourself! I hesitate to attempt any Breton, not knowing how the grammar operates to any great extent.

However, by fumbling through my Breton dictionary, some sort of story seems to emerge – the nearer the end, the more hazy my attempts get, needless to say. Take it all with a pinch of salt!

Three young sailors went travelling

By means of a strong wind they were sent up to Newfoundland

In the vicinity of Meilh-ar-Wern (the mill on the marsh?) they set(?) their anchors

And inside that mill was a female servant

And she asked me where were our usual neighbours

In Nantes in the market our customary chosen circle

I hope you can find a Breton speaker to give you the proper thing.

Shoh slaynt – yec’hed mat,

Bobby Bob, Enez Manav

P.S.

I found this interesting wiki article about Celtic fusion: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celtic_fusion

 

54 comments on “Music of Brittany: Tri Martolod(With English Translation)

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  4. clbro
    April 16, 2010

    My two favorite types of Celtic music (at present!) are the Breton and the Galacian from Spain. Both hold basic Celtic undertones, but add a layer of of their own culture that honestly is just as rick and deep as the Celtic roots from which they sprang!

    Thanks for the connections! :-)

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  5. celticmusicfan
    April 16, 2010

    Thanks. And I want to highlight more of it here. It seems that our brothers and sisters from Brittany and Galicia need more boost. I will be posting a feature about an album by Carlos Nunez soon.

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  6. Lana
    April 16, 2010

    Almost reminds me of Welsh (go figure.) Speaking of which, do you know of any Welsh-based Celtic groups (particularly those performing traditional, Welsh music,) that you might recommend?

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  7. Catalina Vanderark
    April 25, 2010

    I don’t usually reply to posts but I will in this case, great info…I will bookmark your site. Keep up the good work!

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  8. choose golf clubs
    May 11, 2010

    Very informative post. Thanks for taking the time to share your view with us.

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  9. Andrew
    June 11, 2010

    I think this is also a pretty good version of ‘Tri Martolod’ done by a Polish band called Shannon strangely enough. Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6G64FQ1FywU

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  10. Andrew
    June 11, 2010

    @ Lana

    Breizh (Brittany) was settled by the Cornish (another Celtic people believe it or not) and before that Cornwall was settled by the Welsh, so the 3 (Wales, Cornwall and Brittany) are linked by language, heritage and culture etc

    All 3 languages sound very similar to one another, so much so to the point that anyone from either three countries can understand each other to a certain degree. All 3 also share a national athem but only the lyrics are different between the 3 athems whereas the theme itself is the same.

    Welsh, Cornish and Breton belong to the Brythonic branch > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brythonic_languages of Celtic languages whereas Irish, Scottish and Manx (isle of Man) belong to the Goidelic branch > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goidelic_languages of Celtic languages.

    Even the flags are similar, for example Wales original flag (before the Y Ddraig Goch/The Red Dragon was indroduced in 1959) was the flag of Saint David, a gold cross on a black field > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Flag_of_Saint_David.svg, an early flag of Brittany before it’s current flag was a black cross on a white field (The Kroaz Du) > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kroaz_Du.svg and Cornwall’s flag, the flag of Saint Piran is a white cross on a black field > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Flag_of_Cornwall.svg

    So all 3 have alot in common. ;)

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  11. Andrew
    June 11, 2010

    Here are the 3 national anthems of Wales, Cornwall and Brittany:

    Wales – Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtCOprRDUm8&feature=related

    Cornwall – Bro Goth Agan Tasow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojdZaPeJjAo

    Brittany – Bro gozh ma zadoù: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCDZtYkfhjQ

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  12. celticmusicfan
    June 12, 2010

    Hey Andrew. You’ve made a valuable contribution to this page. Thanks a lot!

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  13. Andrew
    June 13, 2010

    Hi, no problem ;)

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  14. Andrew
    June 13, 2010

    Oh yeah, on your title for your blog you wrote: “Covering the music of Ireland, Scotland,Wales,Cornwall, Brittany,Isle of Man and Galicia-The Seven Celtic Nations.”

    You mention Galicia but not Asturias. Asturias was a Celtic part of Iberia as well.

    If you go to this website > http://thecapitalscot.com/celtic.html they list Asturias as well as Galicia. ;)

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    • Vincent
      May 1, 2013

      Only the western part of Asturias was Celtic as northern Portugal.

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  15. celticmusicfan
    June 14, 2010

    Thanks for reminding me with that again. I have been aware of that in my research but it just never occured to me to update that. But I will try to do so :)

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  16. lumbarda
    November 5, 2010

    Is there any sandy beaches on east side of adriatic?

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  17. Very informative post. Thanks for taking the time to share your view with us.

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  18. late rooms korcula
    November 8, 2010

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    November 20, 2010

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    November 21, 2010

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    November 29, 2010

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  23. Petra Jone
    November 29, 2010

    Maybe it can just me, but it would be better if in future you can share more about this topic. Keep posting.

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  24. Anonymous
    December 5, 2010

    thanks so much for these lyrics! i have been trying to learn it from the Nolwenn Leroy version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3d32Hw92tI but it was impossible to get the words!

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  25. jeromex
    December 31, 2010

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  26. Baxter Labatos
    December 31, 2010

    I dig her! Beautiful rendition of a Celtic classic.

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  27. Jeremy
    January 12, 2011

    This song used to be a favourite in our live set. I knew it was about three sailors, but that was all. Thanks a lot for sharing the translation :-)

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    • Baxter Labatos
      January 13, 2011

      Thanks fro adding your appreciation to this thread. And I am also a fan of your music ;)

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  28. cynthia
    January 18, 2011

    Thanks for the english translation….. I have a breton dictionary, but it’s difficult to look up all the words…. to know if it’s a verb or an noun or…

    I have a question…. Soon I will be going to Eire and I will (try to) sing this song at St. Patrick’s Day, but I have difficulties with the pronounciation of certain words.
    Is there anyone who knows if there is an phonetic transcription of this song in Breton?
    Please anyone????

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  29. cynthia
    January 18, 2011

    By the way…. I will be singing the Alan Stivell version and he puts some differents emphasises on certain words……
    (sorry for the bad english… I’m Dutch.. ;)

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    • Baxter Labatos
      January 31, 2011

      Hi Cynthia. Ther’s this wnderful Breton singer/composer Dom Duff. You can contact him here:contact@domduff.com and he will help you with the
      phonetic translation.
      Thanks for showing interest in this wonderful song.

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  31. Ana
    March 18, 2011

    the song is about the sailors that come to a mill and there they find this girl and seems like one of them falls inlove with the girl (the ” chosen circle” is actully that they chose a wedding ring in the market at Nantes)
    i found a translation that said that

    in the mill lalala
    in the mill there was a servant

    Where we met
    where we met

    In the market at Nantes lalala
    In the market at Nantes we chose our wedding ring

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  32. Baxter Labatos
    March 18, 2011

    Thanks for this valuable contribution Ana :)

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  33. Eurik
    August 10, 2011

    Salud,
    I’m a french “brezonegh”, so that’s the full version of this beautiful song

    Tri martolod yaouank (tra la la, la di ga dra)
    Tri martolod yaouank o voned da veajiñ
    Tri martolod yaouank (tra la la, la di ga dra)
    Tri martolod yaouank o voned da veajiñ
    O voned da veajiñ ge, o voned da veajiñ (bis)

    Gant avel bet kaset (tra la la, la di ga dra)
    Gant avel bet kaset betek an Douar Nevez
    Betek an Douar Nevez ge, betek an Douar Nevez

    E-kichen maen ar veilh (tra la la, la di ga dra)
    E-kichen maen ar veilh o deus mouilhet o eorioù
    O deus mouilhet o eorioù ge, o deus mouilhet o eorioù

    Hag e-barzh ar veilh-se (tra la la, la di ga dra)
    Hag e-barzh ar veilh-se e oa ur servijourez
    E oa ur servijourez ge, e oa ur servijourez

    Hag e c’houlenn ganin (tra la la, la di ga dra)
    Hag e c’houlenn ganin pelec’h ‘n eus graet konesañs
    Pelec’h ‘n eus graet konesañs ge, pelec’h ‘n eus graet konesañs

    E Naoned, er marc’had (tra la la, la di ga dra)
    E Naoned, er marc’had hor boa choazet ur walenn
    Hor boa choazet ur walenn ge, hor boa choazet ur walenn

    Gwalenn ar promesa (tra la la, la di ga dra)
    Gwalenn ar promesa, ha par omp da zimeziñ
    Ha par omp da zimeziñ ge, ha par omp da zimeziñ

    – Ni ‘zimezo hon-daou (tra la la, la di ga dra)
    Ni ‘zimezo hon-daou, ha pa n’eus ket avañtaj
    Ha pa n’eus ket avañtaj ge, ha pa n’eus ket avañtaj

    – Ma mamm c’hwi zo ‘n hoc’h aez (tra la la, la di ga dra)
    Ma mamm c’hwi zo ‘n hoc’h aez, n’ouzoc’h ket piv zo diaes
    N’ouzoc’h ket piv zo diaes ge, n’ouzoc’h ket piv zo diaes

    – N’hon eus na ti na plouz, (tra la la, la di ga dra)
    N’hon eus na ti na plouz, na gwele da gousket en noz
    Na gwele da gousket en noz ge, na gwele da gousket en noz

    N’eus na liñser na lenn, (tra la la, la di ga dra)
    N’eus na liñser na lenn, na pennwele dindan ar penn
    Na pennwele dindan ar penn ge, na pennwele dindan ar penn

    N’hon eus na skuell na loa, (tra la la, la di ga dra)
    N’hon eus na skuell na loa, na danvez d’ober bara
    Na danvez d’ober bara ge, na danvez d’ober bara

    – Ni ‘ray ‘vel ar glujar (tra la la, la di ga dra)
    Ni ‘ray ‘vel ar glujar, ni ‘gousko war an douar
    Ni ‘gousko war an douar ge, ni ‘gousko war an douar

    Ni ray ‘vel ar c’hefeleg, (tra la la, la di ga dra)
    Ni ray ‘vel ar c’hefeleg, pa sav an heol ‘ya da redek
    Pa sav an heol ‘ya da redek ge, pa sav an heol ‘ya da redek

    Echu eo ma jañson, (tra la la, la di ga dra)
    Echu eo ma jañson, an hini ‘oar ‘c’hontinui
    An hini ‘oar ‘c’hontinui, an hini ‘oar ‘c’hontinui

    it’s mean :

    Three young sailors, tra la la …
    Three young sailors going away travel

    The wind pushed them
    To Newfoundland

    Next to the stone mill
    They anchored

    And in this mill
    There was a servant

    And she asks me
    Where did we know?

    In Nantes, the market
    We chose a ring

    The ring of promise
    And we were about to get married

    We’ll get married
    Even if we do not have property (?)

    My mom, you are comfortable
    You do not know who is in need

    We have no house or straw
    Or to sleep at night

    We have no sheets or blankets
    Or quilt under the head

    We have no bowl or spoon
    Or how to make bread

    We will do as the partridge
    We will sleep on the ground

    We will do as the woodcock
    When the sun rises it will run

    My song is finished
    He who knows continues

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  34. Anonymous
    September 5, 2011

    What a great thread!

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  35. Miranda
    September 16, 2011

    should read;-
    Beside the mill stone they dropped anchor,
    And in this mill there was a maid,
    She asked me “where did we meet?”,
    At Nantes, at the market we chose a ring

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  36. GIlles H.
    August 8, 2012

    Live version of Tri martolod by Daonet – celtic rock band from Brittany : http://youtu.be/vL8sB3jW-iM

    This tittle is also present on the 2008 released CD “Rok a raok” : http://daonet.bandcamp.com/album/rok-a-raok

    Daonet Facebook fan page : https://www.facebook.com/daonetrock

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    • Baxter Labatos
      August 9, 2012

      Hi Gilles. I will be posting a little something about Daonet in my next edition. Kindly watch out for it!

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  37. Valentin
    September 4, 2012

    An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto a
    friend who has been conducting a little research on this.
    And he in fact ordered me lunch because I stumbled upon it for him.
    .. lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thanks for the meal!
    ! But yeah, thanx for spending the time to discuss
    this topic here on your site.

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  38. Michele
    January 30, 2013

    It’s going to be end of mine day, however before ending I am reading this fantastic piece of writing to increase my experience.

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  39. Gwendal
    October 6, 2013

    An other version by Daonet

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  40. Didi
    November 19, 2013

    Thanks for this very intelligent site! Keep up the great work! Thanks to everyone for sharing!

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  41. music online high quality
    March 12, 2014

    Whoa! This blog looks just like my old one!
    It’s on a completely different topic but it has pretty much the same page layout and design.
    Outstanding choice of colors!

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