The Spirited Asturian Folk Songs of Felpeyu

Felpeyu – Cerquina (Tierra Discos, 2017)

Cerquina is the latest by Felpeyu, the leading contemporary folk music band from the Asturias region in northern Spain. Felpeyu’s musicians collect traditional folk songs from various sources such as books, manuscripts, ethnographic research and their own field work. These songs are recreated using new arrangements that borrow from contemporary Irish folk music. Felpeyu also writes its own material. Cerquina features traditional songs from Asturias and neighboring Galicia as original material.

The album is split between songs featuring vocals and instrumentals that are based in traditional Asturian dance rhythms: pasucáis (pasacalles), muñeres, saltones, xotes, dances and alboraes
In terms of musical instruments, Felpeyo combines traditional Spanish musical instruments like the bagpipes and guitar with Irish bodhran and Greek bouzouki.

The CD booklet include credits and lyrics in credits and lyrics in Asturian and English. Ruma Barbero, Felpeyu’s percussionist, was also in charge of graphic design.

The lineup on Cerquina includes Ruma Barbero on bodhrán; Luis Senén Fernández on bass, lead and backing vocals and shaker; Elías García on bouzouki, mandolin and fiddle; Diego Pangua on gaitas (bagpipes) and flute; Lisardo Prieto on fiddle; and Moisés Suárez on acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bouzouki and backing vocals. Guests: Xuan Nel Expósito on accordion and Richard Garcia on keyboards.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV 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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.

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