Celtic Sounds from el Bierzo

Aira da Pedra

Arantigua (Armando Records ARD-057, 2004)

The region of El Bierzo is lesser known than Galicia or Asturias, two Celtic
regions in Spain. El Bierzo is located in the Autonomous Community of
Castile-Leon, bordering Galicia and Asturias. Naturally, there are many musical
connections. Aira da Pedra plays contemporary Berciana (from El Bierzo) folk
music.The group is primarily instrumental. They combine traditional instruments
such as vocals, bagpipes, flutes, fiddle, guitar and percussion with trap drums.
The musical selection includes mountain songs, Berciana muñeiras (muñeiras are a
popular dance across northwestern Spain), Asturian songs and original pieces.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.