The youngest of the Morvan brothers, Yvon, has just died at the age of 87. With his three farming brothers, only one of whom is still alive, they embodied the revival of Breton music after more than 3,000 concerts over six decades. A monument of Breton regional culture has just passed away.
Traditional Breton culture has just lost one of its most fervent representatives: singer Yvon Morvan died on the night of Thursday August 18 to Friday August 19, 2022, at the age of 87.
With his three farming brothers (Yves, who died in 1984, François, who died in 2012, and Henri), they formed a group of traditional singers in 1958. On October 31, after more than 3,000 concerts, after becoming the ne of the emblems of Brittany, the two Morvan brothers still alive had given their last singing tour, in Paimpol.
With his brother Henri, Yvon tasted the rest in their farm in Central Brittany, in Saint-Nicodeme, after having crisscrossed Brittany for 61 years, according to festivals and festoù-noz. With nearly 20,000 km per year on the clock, all over Brittany, they have brought the art of kan ha diskan up to date, popularizing their pretty koukou hit . Their chanted rhythms have made thousands of Bretons, entire generations, dance for six decades.
In 2002, Yvon and his brother were named Knights of the Order of Arts and Letters, by the Minister of Culture, for their participation in the transmission of Breton oral heritage, then promoted to officers in 2013 and commanders in 2019.
Among the first personalities to pay tribute to Yvon, the mayor of Carhaix and vice-president for the Region, Christian Troadec, who was able to exchange with the family of the deceased: “Yvon, like his brothers, represented the Brittany of our parents, left partially inherited, the Brittany of our families in Central Brittany, proud of their peasant culture and their country. […] They have spent themselves without counting for the Brittany they love, that of solidarity and a sense of hospitality from the rural world where at their farm in Botcol en Saint-Nicodeme in the Côtes-d’Armor each visitor was welcome around the friendship table. Farmers, men of popular Breton culture, of the land, simple and generous men, rich in an exceptional repertoire of kan ha diskan, long mocked by the Parisian elite, just like the Goadec sisters were, the Morvan brothers succeeded in this extraordinary snub of being adulated by those who mocked them the day before… The Bretons and Breton women were not mistaken and have always felt immense respect for these depositories of an extraordinary oral heritage”.