10/05/2012 10:04 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Carlos Nuñez and the Celtic Music of Spain (VIDEO)

While most of us are fairly familiar with the Celtic music of the Scots and Irish, the music of Galicia has received far less exposure. This northern section of Spain has a significant Celtic heritage, and Carlos Nuñez is certainly one of its most conspicuous (and passionate) champions. He's a virtuoso piper and flute player, and is on tour in the U.S. as I write this, promoting his new 2-CD set Discover (which truly has an all-star cast) and you can get the tour schedule here.

I caught him at the Instituto Cervantes in New York City where he gave a lecture and a brief concert with his trio. My post starts with that performance and ends with an engaging interview, so keep watching past the music! You may be surprised to learn more about the history and travels of the bagpipe than you thought you'd ever be interested in. Really.

Carlos Nuñez and the Celtic Music of Spain from Michal Shapiro on Vimeo.

For an overview of the CD and Mr Nunez's illustrious career, see Tom Pryor's excellent article here.