Galicia is an autonomous community of Spain located in the northwest Iberian Peninsula. The area takes its name from the Gallaeci, the Celtic people living north of the Douro River during the last millennium BC. There are two languages officially and widely used today in Galicia: the native Galician, a Romance language, closely related to Portuguese with which it shares the Galician-Portuguese medieval literature; and Spanish, usually called Castilian.
It has long been thought that Galician music might owe its roots to the ancient Celtic history of the region. However, much modern commercial Galician traditional music of recent years has become strongly influenced by modern Irish, Scottish, and Welsh folk styles making Gallician the only non-Castilian-speaking music of Spain that has a significant audience beyond the country’s borders.
Today Galicia is a strong player on the international Celtic folk scene, with elements of the pre-industrial Galician tradition becoming integrated into the modern Celtic folk style and repertoire. The distinctive elements of today’s music, such as the bagpipes and flutes, were common at least as far back as the 1300s.
Today Mark & Val bring you Celti music from Galicia: Uxia, A Banda das Chechas (The Nursery Band), La Nua, Os Rosales, Carlos Nunez, Milladoiro, Leilia, Luar Na Lubre, Os d’Abaixo, Llan de Cubel, Xose Manuel Budino, Berroguetto, Susana Seivane, and Os Areeiras.
Tune in and enjoy!