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Here's the most beautiful part of Spain you've never heard of

Here's the most beautiful part of Spain you've never heard of | Spanish Bagpipes Today | Scoop.it
In the rugged range in Northern Spain, you can hike deep gorges and towering ridges, feasting on cheese and chorizo along the way.
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Gorgeous Northern Spain! The perfect backdrop for some of the most epic bagpiping in the world! :)

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Video: Galician Bagpiper Cristina Pato Kicks Off Arts Initiative With Rousing Performance

Video: Galician Bagpiper Cristina Pato Kicks Off Arts Initiative With Rousing Performance | Spanish Bagpipes Today | Scoop.it

..."What the standing room only crowd didn’t expect was a performance so captivating — both in Pato’s masterful command of the gaita (Spanish bagpipe) and her riveting band The Migrations — it quickly set the place abuzz and reached a climax when she commanded they join her in traditional Spanish dance."

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Cristina Pato, Galician bagpiper, is doing awesome things as the artist in residence at Holy Cross College!

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Galician Heritage in America: Casa Galicia

Galician Heritage in America: Casa Galicia | Spanish Bagpipes Today | Scoop.it

"People hear Spain and think flamenco and castanets," Marcos says. "But Galicia has a very big Celtic heritage. We dance to the music of bagpipes..."

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KKK Playing the Spanish Bagpipes?

KKK Playing the Spanish Bagpipes? | Spanish Bagpipes Today | Scoop.it

Does the KKK (Ku Klux Klan) show up in Spain during Easter Week (Semana Santa) to march in the processions and play the Spanish bagpipes? Here’s the story behind the pointed hats of Easter Week in Spain:

 

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Does the KKK (Ku Klux Klan) show up in Spain during Easter Week (Semana Santa) to march in the processions and play the Spanish bagpipes? Here’s the story behind the pointed hats of Easter Week in Spain!

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Bagpipes & Verdant Valleys. Scotland? Nope - Green Spain.

Bagpipes & Verdant Valleys. Scotland? Nope - Green Spain. | Spanish Bagpipes Today | Scoop.it
Green Spain - a truly unique part of Europe. No bull! Are you a very experienced visitor to Europe? Been there, done that! Tick, tick seen it all. Bet you haven't been here, and if you have then I ...
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Some gorgeous photos of northwest Spain!

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The Asturian Bagpipes - Blow-by-Blow

The Asturian Bagpipes - Blow-by-Blow | Spanish Bagpipes Today | Scoop.it

..."In Asturias, [the Asturian bagpipe] has a great tradition to the point that since 2011 it has been invited to be a permanent member of the famous St. Patrick’s parade in New York with his band of bagpipes..."

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Asturian bagpipes! An epic legacy worth knowing about.

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Spanish Bagpipes in Mexico | The Mexican Celtic Festival

Spanish Bagpipes in Mexico | The Mexican  Celtic Festival | Spanish Bagpipes Today | Scoop.it

..."The St. Patrick’s Battalion band is named in honour of the brave Irish soldiers who fought in the Mexican army and are hailed as heroes to this day in Mexico. The band’s bass drummer Hugo Hernandez organized the festival to promote the Celtic links of Latin America. Hernandez’s ancestry is from Northern Spain. Gaitas (Spanish bagpipes) of Galicia and Asturias were represented in the festival as Mexico was the New World destination for many of Europe’s Celtic diaspora..."

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How was your St. Patrick's day last week? Anyone play their gaita for any special event? Let us know in the comments!

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Carlos Nuñez, Spanish gaita player, to perform crossover Celtic show in Denver on March 2

Carlos Nuñez, Spanish gaita player,  to perform crossover Celtic show in Denver on March 2 | Spanish Bagpipes Today | Scoop.it

""This is a reconstruction of our heritage, one that had been kept quiet — even forbidden — for so long," Nuñez says, referring to late-dictator Francisco Franco's promotion of flamenco music and bullfights as the country's lone culture rather than Spain's other rich traditions..."

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Carlos Núñez – The 2014 North American Tour

Carlos Núñez – The 2014 North American Tour | Spanish Bagpipes Today | Scoop.it

"When the Los Angeles Times suggested that “if it’s possible to become a pop star playing traditional music on bagpipes and recorder, Núñez could be the man,” it may have been an understatement."

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Spanish Piper, Carlos Nunez, carries his tune to Melbourne, FL

Spanish Piper, Carlos Nunez, carries his tune to Melbourne, FL | Spanish Bagpipes Today | Scoop.it

"...Roland Guilarte of Brevard Music Group heard Nunez play and could not believe his ears.

 

“I was blown away by his talent as a bagpiper and the energy of his performances,” Guilarte said.

 

Guilarte knows he is taking a risk in bringing Nunez to Brevard.

“He’s an unknown name in Brevard, performing a genre of music not so familiar to our patrons,” he added.

 

Nunez, however, is not your average bagpiper, and Guilarte hopes Brevard music fans will soon know Nunez and his music, for the artist is adept at translating everything from Cuban rhythms to rock and bluegrass to the ancient instrument."

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The Mysterious Seventh Celtic Nation: Galicia, Spain

The Mysterious Seventh Celtic Nation: Galicia, Spain | Spanish Bagpipes Today | Scoop.it
The misty forests and craggy bluffs of Ireland and Wales have long been symbolically linked to the Celtic legacy of the region. But evidence suggests that the Celts traveled beyond the northern islands, all the way down to the sunny shores of northwest Spain.
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What is “Asturias” ?

What is “Asturias” ? | Spanish Bagpipes Today | Scoop.it

"In the Iron Age, the territory came under the cultural influence of the Celts; the local Celtic peoples, known as the Astures, were composed of tribes such as the Luggones, the Pesicos, and others, who populated the entire area with castros. Today the Astur Celtic influence persists in place names, such as those of rivers and mountains."

 

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Christmas Revels Features Galician Bagpipes, Stories, and Dance

Christmas Revels Features Galician Bagpipes, Stories, and Dance | Spanish Bagpipes Today | Scoop.it

..."Galicia is such a natural for “The Christmas Revels,” it’s a wonder Revels hasn’t ventured there before. The region, which borders on Portugal, has its own distinct language (related to Portuguese) and culture; its signature musical instruments include the gaita galega, or Galician bagpipe..."

 

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Asturias in Photos: Montañas

Asturias in Photos:  Montañas | Spanish Bagpipes Today | Scoop.it
      It doesn't always rain in Asturias, thankfully, thus enabling us to have adventures.  In the mountains is where I first fell in love with Asturias, and it is where I have made ...
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Looking at these photos, it doesn't surprise me why the ancient Celts settled down in Asturias.

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Enthralling Vision of Traditional Music By Galcian Folk Orchestra Sondeseu

Enthralling Vision of Traditional Music By Galcian Folk Orchestra Sondeseu | Spanish Bagpipes Today | Scoop.it

"This impressive collective of musicians, conducted by veteran multi-instrumentalist and composer Rodrigo Romaní features various ensembles within the orchestra, harps, vocals, gaitas (bagpipes), zanfonas (hurdy gurdies), requintas (flutes), fiddles, percussion, bouzoukis plus an acoustic bass player."

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Be sure to check out the YouTube videos in this article. The music is just amazing!

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Galician Bagpiper To Becomes New "Artist in Residence"

Galician Bagpiper To Becomes New "Artist in Residence" | Spanish Bagpipes Today | Scoop.it

"Galician bagpiper, classical pianist and composer Cristina Pato will become the “Arts Transcending Borders” artist in residence at the College of the Holy Cross in the fall."

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Cristina Pato is also playing this Wednesday on Hogan Campus (Worcester, MA)! When: 4:30 p.m. April 23. Where: Hogan Campus Center ballroom, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College Square, Worcester. How much: Free

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Los Gaiteiros del Mar

Los Gaiteiros del Mar | Spanish Bagpipes Today | Scoop.it
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This is one of the most amazing Spanish bagpipe photos I've ever seen. I just had to share it!

 

Source: http://www.raul-lamoso.com/Blog/?paged=4

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Galician Bagpipe Surpise at Detroit Public School!

Galician Bagpipe Surpise at Detroit Public School! | Spanish Bagpipes Today | Scoop.it
Spain students experience music from around the world, including a Galician bagpipe star during Art Strike! pic.twitter.com/vmQrgZ782a
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I wish I was in class that day! :) So awesome that Cristina Pato did this. Viva la gaita gallega! :)

 

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▶ España Verde. Green Spain. | YouTube

A trip round Green Spain: Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque Country. http://www.spain.info
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5 minutes of Spanish-Celtic landscape inspiration! Love it. :)

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PARADISE OF THE CELTS. The Ireland -- Galician Connection

PARADISE OF THE CELTS. The Ireland -- Galician Connection | Spanish Bagpipes Today | Scoop.it

..."Galicia is the O´Brian, Bregon, Breogan´s home. According to the Irish Legendary Cicle, recording from the Middle Ages of milenary tales, specially the Book of Invasions, Bregon discovered the green line of the Irish coast beyond the sea from the top of his tower..."

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Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone!!!

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Got gaita? Carlos Nunez is master of the exotic instrument

Got gaita? Carlos Nunez is master of the exotic instrument | Spanish Bagpipes Today | Scoop.it

"Carlos Nunez plays an ancient and obscure bagpipe from northern Spain called the gaita, and like many other ostentatiously virtuosic musicians, he's often described as..."

 

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Little Spain makes a comeback in NYC

Little Spain makes a comeback in NYC | Spanish Bagpipes Today | Scoop.it

"Spaniards like Garcia Lorca arrived fleeing the likes of Franco; now they’re fleeing the Spanish economy....Vazquez remembers heading to the Spanish Benevolent Society to learn how to write in Spanish, dance the paso doble and learn how to play the gaita, a kind of Spanish bagpipe."

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Galicia’s Carlos Nuñez, ‘the Jimi Hendrix of the bagpipes,’ plays here Wednesday

Galicia’s Carlos Nuñez, ‘the Jimi Hendrix of the bagpipes,’ plays here Wednesday | Spanish Bagpipes Today | Scoop.it
Carlos Nuñez is far more than “the Jimi Hendrix of the bagpipes,” or the “the seventh Chieftain,” an honorary member of the legendary traditional Irish band.
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The Celts in Spain

The Celts in Spain | Spanish Bagpipes Today | Scoop.it

"...It may come as a surprise to visitors that many Galicians are fair-skinned and that the green, mist-laden, hilly countryside is reminiscent of Ireland or Scotland. And they may be forgiven if they think they have landed in the Scottish Highlands if they hear the swirl of the bagpipes –the gaitas, Galicia’s native instrument– or witness the jig that often accompanies them."

 

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Madrid's Bagpipers and Street Performers Must Audition To Hold Out A Hat

Madrid's Bagpipers and Street Performers Must Audition To Hold Out A Hat | Spanish Bagpipes Today | Scoop.it

Is your bagpipe playing good enough for the streets of Madrid? These days, street performers have to pass a quality test and obtain official permission to perform. What do you think of the "Madrid Music Police"?

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