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Celtic Music From South America?
Maybe some exciting music!
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January 14, 2021 - 3:36 am
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I posted a bit about Galicia in this thread. 


What I didn't talk about was just how great an influence the ancient Celts had on Galicia and it's neighboring Principality of Asturias - music especially!  Being just North of the Portuguese border in Spain, you'll not only hear bagpipes (gaitas) but hurdy-gurdys, too.   The combined coastal communities were/are seafaring - so guess who introduced the great Celtic music, bagpipes (gaitas) and all to Brazil and Argentina? 

Think it's refreshing to explore this further and one nice addition from South America in their Celtic music is the acoustic guitar (there's still fiddle). 

"Caminantes de Finisterre" is a group/band from Argentina.  They have some really wonderful music!  You can listen to 2 of my favorite tracks here - more on YouTube. 


Here's a fairly fiddle-centric tune, "Winds On The Tor" (Caminantes de Finisterre).


Celtic Sheet Music site with Galician tunes. 


"N'Alcordanza" is a popular tune from Asturias (Felpeyu Old Stars).


"Carlos Nunez" is a Galician flautist and piper (gaita).  He has quite a few little documentaries tying Brazil and Galicia's Celtic music that you can explore on YouTube.  Much traditional Irish/Scottish music as well as original, Galician.  He has collaborated with many well known vocal artists, musicians & groups (ck Wikipedia) and arranged a famous piper tune that's slow & clear enough I think most of us could easily play it on the fiddle, called "Aires de Pontevedra".  You can watch "Estamos hablando de Aires de Pontevedra" - fascinating Youtube documentary on the history. 

Here's some highlights from "Carlos Núñez - Festival Interceltique de Lorient 2019" in Brittany, France. 


I've found a lot of interesting music I'd like to learn in this area, too much to list! 



...ran down another rabbit hole! 

- Emily

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January 14, 2021 - 5:52 am
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There's a long and underappreciated history of Celtic immigration to Latin America -- especially Irish in Chile (the general who won their independence was Bernardo O'Higgins), Welsh in Argentina (most people in Patagonia spoke Welsh until well into the 20th century), Cornish in Mexico (Cornish pasties are still considered a local specialty in Pachuca). I haven't looked much into their musical influence, but I wouldn't be surprised if much of the spread of Celtic music into South America was directly from the British Isles.


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@AndrewH -

Thanx for that info!  

Really surprised by how much traditional Irish and Scottish music I've been finding played in Argentina! 

I was still actually hoping to find more bands/groups that play a hybrid, evolved type of music (listed some in my previous Post) - taking the best of several cultures, but with a definitive Celtic (I use this term loosely) base.  Instead, they seem to have stuck mostly to the traditional music.  Even in Church! 

"Cúnla - Toss the Feathers" - Iglesia Presbiteriana San Andrés.  Don't look like Uilleann pipes I've seen before, but there are sooo many types of bagpipes - I can't pretend to know.

Anyone know of some Irish or Scottish/Argentinian music to the contrary, I'd love to hear it! 


The Welsh in Patagonia are very traditional!  Found more Welsh singing/aural traditions than instrumental music.  They are very proud of their Welsh heritage & teach the language to all the children in school.

Still have to check out Chile more. 



- Emily

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