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The traditional music of Galicia

Undoubtedly one of the biggest cultural differences between the Galicians and the other inhabitants of Spain is the traditional music and dancing that feature so extensively in festivals and celebrations. As with everything else, the Galicians have there own way of doing things and their music, with its strong Celtic connections, is a prime example.

The bagpipes, which the Galicians call "gaita galega", can be traced back to the middle ages (as far back as the 13th and 14th centuries), and are a staple instrument in all of the regions fiestas.

Although similar to the bagpipes found in Scotland and Ireland, there are some subtle differences. The "drones" (which produce the sound) are also different in type and number to their British and Irish counterparts, as are the ways in which the pipes are carried and displayed. Typically, Galician "gaitas" have only three drones. Another, quite obvious visual dissimilarity is in the colour and pattern of the fabric, which reflects the colours of Celtic Galicia.

Musically these instruments are played in small bands or ensembles, usually comprising two pipers and two drummers, one a tenor and the other a bass. The music is also mobile, with the musicians marching through a town or village, often at around 10.00 am in the morning (if it is a festival) and then on the hour or bi-hour there after.

Nowadays are much common the folk groups that mix the traditional instruments with others from other countries or traditions.

Some examples of this kind of group are Milladoiro, Luar na Lubre or Berrogüetto, whose songs are a mixture of the Galician traditional songs with other kind of melodies and instruments, getting a new music far away from the typical music of the country.

Milladoiro: http://clip.dia.fi.upm.es/~boris/galgroups/node2.html

Luar na Lubre: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luar_na_Lubre

Berrogüetto: http://www.berroguetto.com/en_US/grupo/

Carlos Núñez: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Núñez

Os cempés: http://www.frusion.co.uk/artists/concert/europe/os-cempes.html

Fía na Roca: http://www.fianaroca.com/en/web/historia.php

Bellón Maceiras Quinteto: http://www.abada.es/en/web/grupos.php?id=2&ts=1

Quempallou: http://www.womex.com/virtual/zouma_producciones/quempallou

 Adrián Piñeiro García Intermedio 1 Alemán

LUAR NA LUBRE (Folk music group):

« ACHEGATE A MIN MARUXA, ACHEGHATE MORENIÑA TU HAS SER MIÑA MULLER, TU HAS SER A MULLER MIÑA. E SI VAS Á HERBA, HEITE DE IR A VER DAREICHE UN ABRAZO... »

                                                                                                                             

“Come on Maruxa, come on darling, you will be my wife, you will be mine. And if you are going to work to the countryside, I will go to see and embrace you”

Links: www.musikazblai.com

http://www.youtube.com/luarnalubregaliza

 Juan José Piñeiro Suárez, Intermedio 1 de Alemán

 

SITES OF GALICIAN MUSICIANS by Carlos Penide

Aran "comes out in 2001...":

http://www.arangalicia.com/index_i.html

Berrogüeto "The Academy of Arts....":

http://www.berroguetto.com/en_us/home/

Brath "has been celebrating since ....":

http://brath.es/ingles.html

Budiño (site in Galician and English):

http://www.xosemanuelbudino.com/

Luar na Lubre: http://www.luarnalubre.com/index.php?idioma=en,

                         http://www.youtube.com/luarnalubregaliza

Carlos Nuñez: http://www.carlos-nunez.com/

A Roda: http://www.grupoaroda.com/index.php?page=inicio

Susana Seivane: http://www.susanaseivane.net/en/index.htm

Treixadura Gaiteros: http://www.treixadura.com/english/welcome2.html

Xistra do Coruxo: http://www.xistra.info/xistra-ingles.htm

Milladoiro: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZ5NtUSQX4E

Cristina Pato: "will be touring..." http://www.cristinapato.com/index