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Males de Mer

The quartet "Mâles de Mer" comes from a small region in south belgium called "la Gaume"
It's very famous for its beer (ORVAL) which happens to be the best in the world , but that's besides the point ;-).
Although they live hundreds of miles from any coastline, They get their kicks from adapting 4 voices harmonized shanties and performing them a capella with powerful enthousiasm, in english, french, dutch or even Creole.
They also play traditional irish music accompanied by fiddle, Bodhran, guitar and Tenor banjo.
They've been touring across Europe with appearances in Norway, Germany, Holland, Belgium and France, as well as Tall Ships gatherings in the USA.
Although the band is relatively young, they have been playing in other maritime and folk formations for several years.
They are currently recording their first CD.

"Mâles de mer" is a word play which litterally means "seasickness" in french.
When people joke about the choice in the style of music, with them living so far from the sea, they just answer...."Well, there are bands that play reggae in Reading, how far is that from Kingston?"

For further information and contact, please check their website at or contact them at

The Line-up is

Yves GRAVAR: Guitar, voice
Simon LIEGEOIS: Fiddle, voice
Patrick HAAGER: Bodhran, voice
Manu MOREAU: Banjo, Mandoline, voice

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