Tri Martolod

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Tri Martolod ("Three sailors" in Breton) or Tri Martolod Yaouank ("Three young sailors"), is a traditional Breton song which dates to the 18th century in Lower Brittany. It was made famous by the interpretation, the arrangement and the recordings made by the Breton harpist Alan Stivell, in the 1970s.

The lyrics tell the story of three young sailors who embark for Newfoundland and the history quickly derives on a romantic dialogue. The music is a round in three steps typical of the South Cornouaille and frequents throughout all the Breton coasts.


Nolwenn Leroy and Alan Stivell duo in 2012.

Other songs[edit]

Other songs on the same musical air :

  • French band Manau, La Tribu de Dana ("Tuatha Dé Danann", about a Celtic warrior tribe, 1998)
  • Polish band Ryczące Shannon (album Ryczące Shannon Project, 2005)
  • Russian band Nachalo Veka (НАЧАЛО ВЕКА) feat. harpist Hellawes (Хелависа), "I Waited You" ("Тебя Ждала") (single "Tebya Jdala" 2008, album "Formy Vremeny" 2010)
  • Hungarian band Arany Zoltán (2009)
  • Irish singer Méav Ní Mhaolchatha sings this song in English as titled "Once You Were My Lover". (album The Calling, 2013)
  • Olli & the Bollywood Orchestra, Teen Aazaad Naavik (album Olli goes to Bollywood, 2013)
  • Swiss band Eluveitie, Inis Mona (album Slania, about the Gallish Wars and related to De Bello Gallica by Julius Caesar, 2008)
  • Brazilian band Terra Celta, O Quadrado (album Folkatrua, 2010)