Yann-Fañch Kemener

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Yann-Fañch Kemener in concert in Guérande.

Yann-Fañch Kemener (April 7, 1957 – March 16, 2019) was a traditional singer from Brittany, born in Sainte-Tréphine (Côtes-d'Armor), France.

He took part in reviving Kan ha diskan (French: chant et contre-chant) in the 1970s and 1980s, especially with Erik Marchand. He collected songs from the oral tradition in the Breton language.[1]

He sang in numerous Festoù Noz.

Kemener died in Tréméven on March 16, 2019 at age 61.[2]


  • Chants profonds et sacrés de Bretagne, 1977
  • Chants profonds et sacrés de Bretagne 2, 1978
  • Chants profonds et sacrés de Bretagne 3, 1982
  • Kan ha diskan, 1982, with Marcel Guilloux
  • Chants profonds et sacrés de Bretagne 4, 1983
  • Chants profonds de Bretagne, 1983
  • Dibedibedañchaou, 1987, edited again by Dastum in 1999 (small songs for children in Breton language)
  • Gwerziou et soniou, 1988
  • Ec'honder, 1989, in Barzaz band
  • Chants profonds de Bretagne, 1991
  • Un den kozh dall, 1992, in Barzaz band
  • Roue Gralon Ni Ho Salud , 1993, with Anne Auffret
  • Chants profanes et sacrés de Bretagne - Roue Gralon ni ho salud, 1993
  • Enez eusa, 1995, with Didier Squiban
  • Ile-exil, 1996, with Didier Squiban
  • Karnag / Pierre Lumière,, 1996
  • Carnet de route, 1996 (collected amongst old people)
  • Kan ha diskan, 1997, with Valentine Collecter, Erik Marchand, Marcel Guilloux, Annie Ebrel, Claudine Floc'hig, Patrick Marie, Ifig Troadeg
  • Kimiad, 1998, with Didier Squiban
  • Barzaz Breiz, 1999, with La Maîtrise de Bretagne
  • An Eur Glaz, 2000, with Aldo Ripoche
  • An dorn, 2004, with Aldo Ripoche
  • Dialogues, 2006, with Aldo Ripoche and Florence Pavie
  • Si je savais voler, chants de Bretagne et d'Occitanie, 2010, avec Laurent Audemard, François Fava and Renat Sette
  • Requiem d'Anne de Bretagne, 2011, on a cd with a recording of a Renaissance Requiem, with Ensemble Doulce Mémoire and Denis Raisin-Dadre
  • YFK~2016, 2016, with band ba.fnu


  1. ^ Yann-Fañch Kemener - Biographie chronologique von Jérémie Pierre Jouan (http://www.kemener.com/celtic.htm)
  2. ^ Colin, Emilie (2019-03-16). "Yann-Fañch Kemener, voix de la gwerz et du kan-ha-diskan est décédé". France 3 Bretagne (in French). Retrieved 2019-03-17.

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