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I've mentioned Galicia's strong Celtic roots in other threads. The language is galego, a precursor to Portuguese, but they are in Spain.
You'd recognize many of the tunes as traditional Irish and Scottish. Some of their music evolves from the additional influence of Spain and further south, Morrocco.
I found a wonderful group, "Luar Na Lubre" - they perform unique music besides many common Celtic tunes.
Here's one of their mesmerizing, evolved tunes I think anyone could learn by ear & enjoy playing. I can't tell if it's about a Miller's wife or not(?)
"La molinera" (on my list!). Check out their YouTube site for other tunes.
Had a hard time deciding where to best share this tune... I still hear quite a bit of Celtic here, but maybe it could end up in an International Folk Music genre(?)
Stopped in at thesession.org and happened upon something pretty special there!
Jean posted that he recommended using some Galician tunes in sessions (I think it's a great idea, of course). He didn't take his fiddle, but recorded a series of videos played on a ukulele (tuned GDAE), while on a trip to Galicia.
There are Celtic roots in Galicia, but I was very excited to find these tunes have a nice feeling of the surrounding area (Portugal & Spain)!
Here's the YouTube video playlist:
For more info at The Session:
Jean also plays the Violin and several additional instruments - find his other music at his YouTube site (vor sonnenaufgang), link from the playlist.
He plays some very beautiful little tunes!
...haven't decided just how many to learn, yet. 🤔
💖 Tunes in minor keys - just wanted to share another great one, on my list to learn!
"O Son do Ar" is a waltz in Dm by Bieito Romero, of the Galician band "Luar Na Lubre". Here's a Live performance (luarnalubregaliza).
Think there's 1 or 2 tunes played afterwards, but don't know what they are.
O Son do Ar - Luar Na Lubre
Rolling sheet music video arranged by Isabel de la Puente - in the original key of Dm. Also available at musescore.com
O Son do Ar - Sheet Music (Dm)
The Session has a version of sheet music in Em.
Here's a little Video Tutorial from Adela la del violin, that might help out.
O Son do Ar - Tutorial (Em)
...I've been playing this tune - LOVE IT!
It's been a terribly long time since I added anything here... and I do still play "O Son do Ar" every once in a while - it's a lovely tune & not hard to learn!
More surprises from Luar Na Lubre:
"O son das augas", composed by Bieito Romero - feels like a medley to me (?)
Sorry, no sheet music for these at The Session (today is a good day to start learning by ear), but while I was looking around I found another really nice tune in 3/4, D Major (sheet music & midi) worth looking at there - "A Costa De Galicia"!
So, found a few other well known groups in Galicia (playing traditional & original folk music).
'Berrogüetto' is one, formed in 1995. Every instrument you can imagine for Irish music, they have it.
They sneak in a little swing in this tune, "Igneominea" - I really like the Fiddler. There is a nice live video, but the sound wasn't good, so sharing this one.
I have a lot more of their music to explore down the road.
...just a sampling of a unique sound coming out of this area of the World!