Phenomenal multi-instrumentalist Carlos Núñez grew up in Galicia in northern Spain—home to ancient civilizations whose Celtic traditions predated those of Scotland and Ireland, and to the Galician bagpipe, of which Núñez is the acknowledged world master. Núñez first came to fame when touring with Paddy Moloney and the Chieftains, and went on to collaborations with artists as diverse as Ry Cooder, Sinéad O’Connor, Jackson Browne, Laura Anderson, and the Buena Vista Social Club. In critically acclaimed performances and recordings, he links the bagpipe and other instruments of his homeland with a spectacular array of musical styles including Spanish flamenco, Cuban, Brazilian and Mexican music and even rock ’n’ roll—earning the sobriquet “the Hendrix of the bagpipes” (Chicago Sun-Times). Prepare for a “thrilling, joyful” evening with “a true original” (The Guardian, UK).
Revels’ adult/teen and kids choruses (along with our Irish Band, and sometimes Carlos) will reprise 25 minutes of highlights from our 2014 Irish Christmas Revels, filled with our trademark audience participation. Those familiar moments will be reminiscent flickers in a mesmerizing night of incredible artistry by Carlos – alternately fiery and lyrical on his Galician bagpipes, flutes and recorders – and of reels, step-dancing, poetry, piper marches and battle pieces, children’s tunes, folk-rock, mambo, and more, with inspiring collaborations among Carlos and the artist groups. Towards the end, the Revels performers will help lead the audience, first in a traditional Breton line dance, and then, with full pipe band blaring, in singing “Amazing Grace,” among other rousing encores. A truly spectacular St. Patrick’s Day celebration!