Carlos Núñez

Few pop stars pack as much energy, virtuosity, imagination, daring, and charisma into their concerts and recordings as Galician multi-instrumentalist Carlos Núñez does. He is the world’s most famous player of the gaita, the bagpipes of Galicia, Spain’s northwest, Atlantic Ocean-abutting region rich in vibrant, uniquely expressive Celtic traditional music. Carlos Núñez has been a Celtic Colours favourite since he first wowed Festival audiences in 2002. The award-winning Galician piper began playing the bagpipes when he was eight years old, and in his early teens, he was invited to play with the Festival Orchestra of the Festival Interceltique de Lorient in Brittany. He studied the recorder at the Royal Conservatory in Madrid, Spain and quickly gained stature as a young virtuoso. He met Paddy Moloney of The Chieftains and performed with the band two years later, appearing on their Grammy-winning album Santiago, which focused on Galician music. An integral part of the Galician music and cultural scene, Carlos has collaborated with artists like The Chieftains, Jackson Browne, and Ry Cooder and released 10 albums of his own. We are very excited to welcome Carlos Núñez back to Cape Breton and Celtic Colours.

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