First of all, I am sorry there’s so little English on this site.
Due to my early frequentation of Irish pubs and to the fact that my wife Siobhán Gately is Irish, I am bilingual, so most of the shows, workshops etc… can be performed in English.
We did think about making this site bilingual too, but that would have meant double work for Vincent Renaud, my web engineer, so I resolved to write this notice instead.
If you would like translations of any parts of this site, please to not hesitate getting in contact by email
You can find a CV in English in the "bio" section of this site.
Now, if you want an insight into my somewhat erratic whereabouts, go to Memento.
After studying Chinese, Vietnamese and Ethnology in Parisian Universities, the Scottish bagpipes with a Breton band and Irish music on the banjo in Ireland, I started playing Irish music professionally.
Then I began adding more and more theatre to my performances, firstly playing with Zingaro then with the SAMU (Section Artistico Musicale d’Urgence), where I interpreted Mr Armand (73 years of age), the first character I created in a street theatre show, then on stage.
Then I met with Compagnie Artus, an association of people all involved in cultural occupations and concerned with traditional arts issues.
Their various fields of competence allowed us to set up the shows forming the bulk of this site:
All these shows have the common aim of combining traditional and/or popular music with theatre.
In the meantime, I have become involved in teaching music to young children which has led to the ateliers musicaux (musical workshops) section.
Eveil musical pour jeunes enfants (dès 6 mois) From working in kindergartens and creches, I realized that playing music (with everyday utensils, small percussions, calabashes, bird calls, etc…) with children as young as 6 months of age was good for their coordination, their ability to concentrate and, of course, their musical development. It’s also a lot of fun.
I teach three age groups: from 6 months to 2, 2 to 4 and 4 to 6.
Musiques traditionnelles d’Irlande et d’Ecosse, a workshop based on learning traditional music from Scotland and Ireland by ear for all kinds of musicians with a reasonable command of their instrument (about 4 years practice).
Atelier de cornemuse écossaise or “Why not try a relaxed approach to Scottish bagpipes”.