Galician fiddle versus tambourine

Alfonso Franco

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In Galicia, popular music played on the fiddle was kept alive throughout the centuries by blind fiddlers. The last of these musicians disappeared in the late 1970s, but some audio and video recordings have been made for future generations. Then ‘folk’ music took over, and a new way of interpreting traditional music on the fiddle developed, based on the blind fiddlers’ style, adapting the violin technique in perfect union with the most popular musical instrument in Galicia: the tambourine. In recent years the fiddle – traditionally played only
by professional musicians1 – has, however, grown in popularity among a young public, especially in the south of the region.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationÓn gCos go Cluas
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Dancing to Listening
EditorsLiz Doherty, Fintan Vallely
PublisherAberdeen University Press
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-1-85752-073-6
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventNorth Atlantic Fiddle Convention Conference - Northern Ireland, Derry/Londonderry, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Jun 20121 Jul 2012

Publication series

NameFiddle and Dance Studies from around the North Atlantic 5


ConferenceNorth Atlantic Fiddle Convention Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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