The Forges Girls is a pie-menu , traditional sung dance of Brittany , native of the region of Paimpont in the Ille et Vilaine.


The song probably dates from the xviii th century , and refers to the forges of Paimpont who were then very active. She was born in the secular celebrations that followed the religious ceremony of Saint Eloi , patron saint of goldsmiths and blacksmiths who was celebrated every st December 1 .

The first version was collected in March 1872 in the village of Canne in the commune of Paimpont by Adolphe Orain , one of the greatest folklorists of Brittany. A sabotier from Paimpont proposed to him a second version about 1884 1 .

A third version will be proposed by the band Tri Yann in the early 1970s , and will become in 1976 the title of their first compilation .

This latest version tells the story of young girls who go to confession with a priest who takes advantage of the situation to make advances to them. But they refuse him.

There is also a version in Vendée mentioned in a book by Georges Bourgeois , Old songs of the Vendée bocage published in 1931 2 .

Notes and references

  1. ↑ a and b Girls of Paimpont Forges  [ archive ]
  2. ↑ Girls forges on the blog of Xavier Hubaut [ archive ]