From The Library… Jigs, Reels and More

Today’s pro­gramme fea­tures a selec­tion of Jigs & Reels from across the Celtic lands.

In addi­tion we intro­duce the work of a group of Celtic artists who are per­haps not as well-known as they should be out­side their native Gali­cia: Mil­ladoiro. We will be includ­ing selec­tions from their entire work dur­ing the day.

The Wikipedia arti­cle cit­ed above sug­gests that Mil­ladoiro are up among the world’s top Celtic bands along with the Chief­tains: I am not cer­tain this is true but they cer­tain­ly deserve a great deal of atten­tion. Found­ed in 1978, the band has since pro­duced over two dozen albums. You can vis­it the Mil­ladoiro Eng­lish home page here.

In addi­tion to a sur­vey of their work across the years we will be play­ing selec­tions from their col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Eng­lish Cham­ber Orches­tra, Iacobus Mag­nus. The album was record­ed in 1994 at Abbey Road Stu­dios, Lon­don and Estu­dios Cor­moran, Gali­cia, and was com­mis­sioned by the Con­sor­cio da Cidade de San­ti­a­go to cel­e­brate the Jacobean Year. The work takes the form of an Orches­tral Suite in sev­en move­ments, com­posed, arranged and orches­trat­ed by the band, and is a musi­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tion of The Way of St James, the tra­di­tion­al pil­grim­age to the ancient Cathe­dral of St James (pic­tured) in San­ti­a­go de Com­postela, the cap­i­tal of Gali­cia. This was one of the most impor­tant Chris­t­ian pil­grim­ages in the Mediæ­val world.

• Pho­to based on this Wikipedia image.

• This pro­gramme was pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with the Cale­don Library in Sec­ond Life, and pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. Lis­ten now at http://music.radioriel.org, or sim­ply vis­it any Cale­don Library branch in-world and press Play on your embed­ded music play­er.

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