By Manuel Carro
"Milladoiro" is the Galician name for
the heaps of stones built by shepherds. It is also the name of a
Galician folk music band with some 15 years of history.
Milladoiro play traditional Galician tunes, arranged to different
instruments. They play as well compositions of their own and tunes
of Breton, Scottish and Irish origin.
Why is this band here? Well, you've just read it: they play
Celtic-like music. Celtic music (although in its more folky side) is
highly appreciated in all Spain, and specially in Galicia.
Milladoiro is currently composed of:
Milladoiro changed their style as time passed, and even in a single CD
very different tunes can be found. Their recordings range from plain
traditional music to quite sophisticated renderings of more symphonic
music by Galician composers. As the time passed, Milladoiro's melodies
and arrangements become more complex. Thus, I'd recommend to start
listening one of the four first recordings (see below). My preferred
ones are "O Berro Seco", "Milladoiro 3" and "Solfafria".
- Michel Canada (violin, viola)
- Nando Casal (Galician bagpipes, clarinet, tin whistle, tambourin)
- Moncho Garcia (drums, bodhran, esbilrro, chinese box)
- Anton Seoane (keyboards, acoustic guitar, accordion, harpsichord, piano)
- Rodrigo Romani (Celtic harp, concert harp, bouzouki, acoustic guitar)
- X. Anton (flute, piccolo, recorder)
- X. V. Ferreiros (Galician bagpipes, Uillean bagpipes, oboe, tin
whistle, mandolin, tambourin)
They have, at least, the sound track of a Spanish film, "Divinas
Palabras", based on a novel by Valle-Inclan.
- Their first recording, with only two members. Simple in the form, but
deep in contents.
- A Galicia de Maeloc (Galicia in the times of Maeloc)
- The full band plays here.
- O Berro Seco (Dry Shout)
- Milladoiro 3
- Note that this is the 4th Milladoiro recording, but the 3rd
with their present components.
- Solfafria (not a Spanish or Galician word.)
- Galicia no Pais das Maravillas (Galicia in Wonderland)
- Castellum Honesti
- This recording, for me, marks clearly a transition point in
Milladoiro's style. Interesting for those who already know
Galician music, because of the new treatment given to old
- Galicia no Tempo (Galicia through the ages)
- A suite composed for the exhibition "1000 years of Galicia".
- Iacobus Magnus (The Great Jacob)
- Jacob is one of the disciples of Jesus Christ, who is told to
be buried in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela (Santiago
comes from Saint Jacob, Compostela from the Latin Campus
Stellae, "the Field of the Star"). Quoting from a newspaper:
"The last musical adventure of Milladoiro is, without any doubt, the
most ambitious one in their long career. The band faced a long
orchestral suite built on the huge musical background of their
homeland. New music, jointly written by all the components of the
bane, which combines their usual folk sounds with beautiful symphonic
moments, with the collaboration of The English Chamber
Orchestra. Iacobus Magnus is a piece of work with lots of feelings and
love for the past and present of Galician music."
Availability of recordings
I know that Green Linnet carries two Milladoiro CDs: Castellum
Honesti and Galicia no Tempo. A Milladoiro tune also appears in one
Celtic Music compilation by Green Linnet. I know that two members of
Milladoiro play in the Seville Suite, where Liam O'Flynn plays Uillean
Several of their albums may be ordered online from CD Universe, with information including track listings and downloadable audio samples.
More about Milladoiro
If you find this information interesting, drop me a mail telling me
so; I'd be glad of knowing that. But don't ask me for more specific
information, since there is little more I can say. Milladoiro can be
reached by hard mail at:
Apdo. correos 594
Santiago de Compostela
This address appears in the back of their recordings, so I think I
am not hurting anyone making it public here. I never met Milladoiro
(but I've seen them live, and they are superb), so I can't talk to
Ceolas Artists listings
Another album is "As Fadas de Estraqo Nome" (Fairies of a strange name),
a live album recorded mostly in Buenos Aires.
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