Famed Galician piper Carlos Nuñez and his five piece band are offering a concert Sunday August 10 to benefit the Spanish Peaks Celtic Music Festival. The Spanish Peaks Celtic Music Festival is celebrating its tenth anniversary of outstanding Celtic music in the Rocky Mountains, along with commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Ludlow massacre, the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, and the 1000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf.
Carlos Nuñez is described as an amazing musician with the charisma and free spirit of a rock star and the quality of a classical music virtuoso. In addition to the pipes, he plays flute, whistle, and recorder. The original Celts came from northern Spain and so does Carlos. This may account for his distinctive Celtic spirit. The Spanish influence probably accounts for the spice he puts in his music. In any case, it’s sure to be a grand time.
Born in 1971 and raised in the Galician port of Vigo, where he initially picked up the gaita at age eight, Carlos both embodies and reflects the irrepressible spirit of his native music. But he also understands the pitfalls of traditional music becoming incrementally complacent in approach and insulated from innovation. Under those conditions, even the heartiest music can eventually slip into predictability. Carlos respects and seeks to safeguard Galicia’s musical legacy while also skillfully exploring fresh, fascinating realms of possibility for it.
The Spanish Peaks Celtic Music Festival is slated for September 25-28 in the mountains of southern Colorado. This year they will throw a mammoth ceili blast after Saturday night’s concert. Joining this year will be our most popular visiting band: FullSet. Other favorites returning to take part in the festivities are Jerry O’Sullivan, Sean McComiskey and Mairtin de Cogain, representing our Irish contingent; Margaret Bennett, Alison Bell, and Ed Miller, representing our Scottish contingent; and Festival anchors, Adam Agee and Jon Sousa with special guest Jessie Burns, the acclaimed fiddle soloist who toured for six years with the American-Irish supergroup Gaelic Storm. This lineup is guaranteed to keep you singing, dancing, and playing music for four straight days and nights!
The concert starts at 3:30 pm and will be followed by a catered dinner at 5:45 in the restored dance hall at Uptop Ghost Town on Old La Veta Pass. If you’re coming from La Veta, take Highway 160 west and turn left at mile marker 281. If you’re coming from Alamosa, turn right at mile marker 276. Concert tickets are $30, the catered dinner is $20. Tickets are available at La Plaza Inn in Walsenburg, North by Southwest in La Veta, and The Country Store in Cuchara, or by phoning 719-742-5410.