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Théodore BOTREL

French Théodore BOTREL

French singer-songwriter

Source :  Frédéric THEBAULT

Born: on September 14, 1868 in Dinan, France
Died: on July 26, 1925 in Pont-Aven, France


Born in Dinan, Botrel was the son of a blacksmith. He was left with his grandmother in Saint-Méen-le-Grand as a child, since his parents had moved to Paris. He joined them in the capital at the age of seven. His native language was the Gallo dialect, though almost all his songs are in standard French, and he learned the Breton language later in life.

As a teenager he became involved in amateur theatricals, performing on stage in plays, and writing songs. His first published song La Petit Biniou (The Little Bagpipe) was not a success.

Botrel shelved his theatrical ambitions, joining the army for five years and then working as a clerk for the Paris-Lyon-Marseille railway company. He also married and fathered two daughters. However, he continued to appear on stage and to write and perform songs.

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