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Galician Bagpipe Superstar Carlos Núñez Set to Perform Two Shows in BC this September

Núñez will showcase global Celtic music traditions to audiences in North Vancouver and Nanaimo


Vancouver, BC (August 7, 2014):Spanish sensation and platinum-selling artist Carlos Núñez is nothing less than a rock star. The U.K.’s Guardian newspaper described his genius as “pipe music as if played by a Coltrane or a Hendrix.” For the first time this September, Núñez brings his wild energy and musical virtuosity on the Galician bagpipes to Canada’s West Coast. 

He and his band play North Vancouver’s Centennial Theatre on September 19 and Nanaimo’s Port Theatre on September 24. For a glimpse of Núñez’s style, click here

“Carlos Núñez is an astonishing performer who brings together Celtic music traditions from all over the world,” says Carolyn Phillips-Cusson, director of Celtic Performing Arts and CeltFest Vancouver Island, sponsors of the shows. “After seeing him on Canada’s East Coast and in Europe dazzling and captivating huge audiences – what a thrill it is for us to finally bring him to the West Coast! It is truly an honour.”

Núñez was born in 1971 in the port city of Vigo, Spain, and began playing the Galician bagpipes, or ‘gaita,’ at the age of eight. Renowned for his charismatic interpretations of traditional music, he sees the various forms of Celtic music as a brotherhood that brings people together beyond languages and frontiers. His tunes are inspired by those of the ancient Celts who occupied Galicia 2,500 years ago as well as the Celtic traditions of Brittany, Scotland, and Ireland. His work is also influenced by other countries where Galicians have settled, including Cuba and Brazil.

The gaita is thought to pre-date the Scottish bagpipes and Ireland’s uilleann pipes. Among aficionados, Núñez is as renowned for his prowess on the gaita as Jack White is for his guitar work. He’s also a master of the recorder, the pennywhistle, the ocarina, assorted pipes, a Breton oboe called the ‘bombarde,’ Breton bagpipes, the Jew’s harp, the tin whistle and the flute.  

Canadian musical talent joining Núñez on stage in Vancouver includes: Chieftains’ choice fiddler-stepdancer, Jon Pilazke; members of the Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band, one of the top ten pipe bands in the world; the Christie Dancers, the CeltFest 2014 Dance team; and, Kasandra “La China”, who is known for her unique style of Flamenco dance.

In Nanaimo, Champion Highland pipers James P. Troy and René Cusson; former World Champion Highland Dancer, Ross Armour; plus members of the Glengarry and O'Connor-O'Brien Schools of dance, will accompany Núñez during his performance.

Ticket Details
Friday, September 19, 8:00 pm
Centennial Theatre, 2300 Lonsdale Avenue
North Vancouver, BC
Tickets $25 adult / $22 children/groups
Box office 604.984.4484 or online here.
Also available at Prussin Music, 3607 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC

Wednesday, September 24, 7:30 pm
The Port Theatre, Front Street
Nanaimo, BC
Tickets $25 adult / $22 children/groups
Box office 250.758.0208 or online here.

About CeltFest Vancouver Island
CeltFest Vancouver Island develops, supports, and celebrates Canada's living Celtic cultural traditions through an international, intergenerational, and educational festival that features artists from British Columbia, and from around the world. Year round, CeltFest showcases musical and dance artists not often seen in BC. For more information visit or call 1.866.301.2358 (CELT).

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Laura Serena                                      René Cusson       
Serena PR                                          Celtic Performing Arts/CeltFest Vancouver Island
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