Tejedor – Musica Na Maleta (Aris Música, 2006)
Alann Bique – Alann Bique (Duradisc, 2006)
Tejedor is an excellent Celtic band from Asturias in northern Spain. The core of the band is formed by the Tejedor family: José Manuel on Asturian bagpipes, xiblates (whistles) and ulillean pipes; Javier on accordion and bodrhán; and Eva on vocals and pandereta (tambourine).
On the band’s latest CD, Tejedor continues its creative and contemporary exploration of Asturian folk songs. The result is powerful and edgy music, combining the best of Asturian folk with Irish-style arrangements, rock drums, global beats and other modern sounds.
For this recording, the Tejedors had an impressive list of Celtic heavy weights: James McKintosh, Michael McGoldrick, John Joe Kelly, Nial Vallely, and Galician group Faltriqueira.
Alann Bique is a younger band formed by enthusiastic musicians from Madrid and Galicia, who live in separate cities. Despite the distance, the group sounds cohesive. As with Tejedor, the group plays modern Celtic music.
The leading instrument of Alann Bique is the Galician bagpipe. Other leading instruments are the flute and cello. With this unconventional structure, the group blends Galician folk with Scots-Irish music, classical music, jazz and pop.
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.