BerrogŁetto celebrates 10th anniversary with a bright and lively recording.
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The Galician group celebrates its 10th anniversary with a bright and lively fourth recording. It features their distinctive upbeat, progressive folk sound rooted in the Celtic traditions of their nation-region in Northwestern Iberia. The group's name means "the scream from the ghetto" (a reference to the fact that the Galician language was long actively discouraged by Spain's rulers.)

Although there's no trace of a Celtic tongue in Galicia, there is a clear link through the music of groups like Berrogüetto. They produce a full, rich sound, that's a fusion of Celtic and Iberian, with other influences besides. The gaita is a distinctive Galician instrument, one of the main links to the Celtic heritage of more northerly countries like Ireland.The Galician language they sing in (about half the tracks have vocals) is not Celtic in origin, but is said to be related to Portuguese.

BerrogŁetto has the patent on a high-energy traditional-progressive sound, with driving acoustic guitar, violin and gaita, and interesting, more-than-just-drums percussion. They are pioneers in the movement that now includes Spain's Barahunda, Carreg Lafar of Wales, and others.The band is Quico Comesana (bouzouki, mandolin and harp), Santiago Cribeiro (accordion), Quim Farinha (violin) Guillermo Fernandez (guitar), Isaac Palacin (percussion) and Anxo Pintos (sax, flute, duduk, gaita, etc). Guadi Galego provides breezy, sincere vocals, percussion and gaita. While it's a step or two further removed from roots tradition than the music I often prefer, I still recommend this dynamic new recording.

At times you can hear the influence of Oskorri, the veteran Basque group, and at other times Galicia's even more veteran band Milladoiro. 10.0 has a very optimistic sound, moving forward on the strength of Galego's vocal. "Xente" is an upbeat opener with vocals, followed by instrumentals "Brest" and "Cracovia" which are Roma-influenced folk-fusion. More balladesque is the beautiful "Unha Volta e un Poema," where Galego sings over a lush arrangement including pipes, harp, percussion, guitar and violin, bridged by the gaita. "Permafrost" is another wonderful instrumental.

Farinha's violin also stands out on "Salgame," another instrumental featuring the gaita. "Deneb" is a highly danceable instrumental, though don't ask me what kind of dance this demands. It has a bit of a highlands sound, with the pipes, and violin. But there is a progressive element running through it as well, with the acoustic guitar of Fernandez.

"Entropialxia" with its harp, pipes and languid vocal, is a more pensive note to end the recording on, the eleventh of eleven great tracks. - David Cox

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