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Artist Profiles: Espliego

Espliego was formed by two singer-songwriters, Pedro Chaparro (Valdepeñas, Ciudad Real) and José Ignacio Cordero (Talavera de la Reina, Toledo) from the Castille-La Mancha region of Spain, the land of Don Quixote. Throughout the years the band grew and added new musicians, featuring three vocalists, two male and one female.

What characterized the group was its interest in the music and poetry of the Cervantes era. Espliego combined Early Music with Manchego folk and folk-rock. The instruments used ranged from traditional Spanish instruments such as guitar, vihuela and flutes, combined with Irish uilleann pipes, world percussion and electric guitar.

Discography:

Con el tallo de un lirio (2000)
El libro de Juan Alcaide (2001)
Amuleto de estrellas (2003)
Nunca fuera caballero (2004)

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A Tiempo Real, An Exceptional Collection of Folk Songs from Castilla-La Mancha

Vigüela – A Tiempo Real – A New Take on Spanish Tradition (ARC Music, 2018)

A Tiempo Real – A New Take on Spanish Tradition is an extensive collection of folk songs from the Castilla-La Mancha region in central Spain. The songs were assembled by Vigüela, a group of multi-instrumentalists, singers and folk music researchers who are based in a town called El Carpio de Tajo, in Toledo province.

The massive project is featured in a 2-CD set. The songs include diverse traditional music styles from Castilla-La Mancha and nearby regions like jota, alborada, fandango, Christmas songs, seguidilla, ronda, wedding songs and more. These songs came from village elders, Don Manuel García Matos and Alan Lomax, and various other sources.

The four artists use a wide-range of folk music instruments, including the guitarro manchego (a small guitar), lutes, frame drums, zambomba (friction drum); and kitchen utensils used as percussion such as jars, bottles, mortar and frying pans.

Vigüela includes Carmen Torres Delgado on vocals, castanets, tambourines, mortars, cauldron, cane, clapping, and triangle; María del Rosario Nieto Palomo on vocals, mortars, frying pan, tambourines, clapping; Juan Antonio Torres Delgado on vocals, rebec, guitar, zambomba, frame drum, mortars, bottle, triangle, jar; Luis García Valera on vocals, guitar, guitarro manchego, lutes, tambourines, mortar, triangle; Javier Gómez García on vocals, lutes, guitarro manchego, guitar, castanets and tambourines; and Eduardo Gómez-Olmedo Moreno on vocals, guitar and lutes.

The liner notes are in Spanish and English and describe each song. Lyrics are available as a download.

A Tiempo Real – A New Take on Spanish Tradition is an extraordinary collection of traditional songs from inland Spain that reflect the customs of villagers and farmers during celebrations, religious traditions and other activities.

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Old Time Music Traditions of Castilla-La Mancha

Vigüela - Temperamento - Traditional Music from Spain
Vigüela – Temperamento – Traditional Music from Spain
(Arc Music EUCD2635, 2016)

Spanish folk music band Vigüela specializes in traditional music from the Castilla-La Mancha region. Unlike other Spanish groups who have modernized folk music with new arrangements, Vigüela present traditional music old style.

The band’s lively repertoire includes various song and dance styles such as malagueñas, rondeñas, cantares de esquileo (shearing songs), fandangos from La Mancha, wedding songs, tonadas de segadores (harvest songs), seguidillas, jotas and more.

The lineup includes:

Carmen Torres Delgado on vocals, castañuelas (castanets), botella de anís (anise bottle), sartén con cuchara (pan and spoon), varas de varear (split cane clappers), piedras (stones), panderetas (tambourines), almireces (mortars) and palmas (hand clap percussion).

María del Rosario Nieto Palomo on vocals, almireces, panderetas, varas de varear, stones, tijeras de esquilador (shearing scissors), and palmas.

Pablo Garro Delgado on vocals, laúd (lute), bandurria, guitar, botella de anís (anise bottle), harnero con dediles de caña (large wire sieve), galdarras (cowbells) and palmas.

Elena Pérez Fernández on vocals, bandurria, rabel (rebec), triangle, almirez, varas de varear (split cane clappers), stones, frame drums, and palmas.

Juan Antonio Torres Delgado on vocals, rabel de vejiga (bladder rebec), rabel de piel (skin rebec ), guitar, zambomba (friction drum), harnero con dediles de caña (large wire sieve), media fanega (wooden half bushel), pandera de piel de cabra, pandero de piel de cordero (goat skin frame drum), almirez (mortar) and palmas.

The CD booklet contains photos and extensive liner notes in English and Spanish.

Temperamento is a fabulous introduction to the folk music of Castilla-La Mancha in southern Castile, the land of Don Quixote, windmills and red wine.

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