Bro Gozh ma Zadoù

Bro Gozh ma Zadoù
English: Old Land of My Fathers

Regional anthem of  Brittany
Lyrics François Jaffrennou, 1897
Music James James, 1856
Adopted 1903

Bro Gozh ma Zadoù (French: Vieux pays de mes ancêtres; English: Old Land of My Fathers) is the anthem of Brittany, sometimes presented as the "national anthem"[1] although it has no official status. It is sung to the same tune as that of the national anthem of Wales, Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau, and has similar words. The Cornish anthem, Bro Goth Agan Tasow, is also sung to the same tune.

This anthem is played during major sporting events, as here at the final of the Coupe de France between the Stade Rennais F.C. and the En Avant Guingamp

The Breton lyrics are the creation of François Jaffrennou in 1897, and the music was that composed by James James, of Pontypridd, Wales, for Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau. The new song was first published in 1898, and circulated as Henvelidigez ("Adaptation"). It was chosen as national anthem (and a song to celebrate friendship between the Welsh and Bretons) in 1903, at a Congress of the Union Régionaliste Bretonne held in Lesneven. Maurice Duhamel adapted it for the piano, and it was first recorded by Pathé in 1910.



  1. ^ For example, on the web site of the committee
  2. ^ "Les paroles du Bro Gozh ma Zadoù" (in Breton). Bro Gozn ma Zadoù. Retrieved 2013-12-22.

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