Back to Lucky Thirteen again after a couple of weeks dedicated to Mali. And we are back with our old friend Carlos Núñez, the Galician bagpiper. I’ve chosen to post The Moonlight Piper as, in my mind there is a small link to Frances’s trip to Mali. In the evening her group have taken to meeting at the apartment block where some of the volunteers are staying. There they cook a communal meal and then sit out on the apartment’s roof terrace and enjoy the (relative) cool of the evening. I don’t think they are serenaded by Galician pipers but you never know!
You wait all your life for the Galician song Black Shadow / Negra Sombra and blow me, two come along at once.
Milladoiro’s version has more of the feel of chamber music to me but I like it’s simple, not to say sombre approach.
Carlos Núñez, as I’m sure you know is a Galician piper who has collaborated with many top Celtic musicians, most notably The Chieftains. (Indeed, The Chieftains feature on a couple of tracks on the album and Paddy Maloney is a co-producer.)
Negra sombra / Black Shadow is, according to Núñez, one of the most emblematic pieces of Galician music. It was first performed in Cuba in the Havana Gran Teatro in 1867; the song is a poem by Galician poet Rosalia de Castro set to a traditional Galician tune.
On this version Carlos Núñez plays ocarina, tin whistle and tenor recorder, Ry Cooder plays acoustic and electric guitars, Javier Colina plays bass and Luz Casal provides the vocals.