Gérard Jaffrès

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Gérard Jaffrès
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Gerard Jaffrès in concert.
Background information
Born15 December 1956 St Pol, Brittany, France
GenresCeltic rock
Breton music
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals (French), guitar
Years active1985–
LabelsKelou-Mad, Coop Breizh

Gérard Jaffrès (born in 1956 in Saint-Pol-de-Léon, Finistère) is a French singer, writer and performer.

He started playing the guitar at the age of 15, playing mostly folk repertoire (Alan Stivell, Tri Yann…) and pop music (Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin…).[1]

In 1973, he joined the band of Burt Blanca, a rock singer popular in Belgium and in France in the 1960s. He stayed in the band for 11 years as a bass player. The same year, he moved to Belgium, where he has lived ever since.[2]

Jaffrès started a solo career in 1985, recording ten discs with Gramophone records. He has published a new album every two years since 1991.[3]

Jaffrès' music is a blend of Celtic music and rock'n'roll/folk which he uses to depict the landscape of Brittany and tell legends from the area of the Leon (North Finistère). His texts mix sometimes Breton and French.[4]



  1. ^ RamDam (French music web site), Gérard Jaffres Biography
  2. ^ on Larousse encyclopedia (fr)
  3. ^ Official biography
  4. ^ Telegramme's article, French newspaper, 3 September 2004

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