About Us

Señor Cabrales - six traditional musicians hailing from northern Spain and Australia, Señor Cabrales' unique sound, combining Spanish bagpipes, fiddle, flute, mandolin, bouzouki and bodhran, has been thrilling audiences across Australia. Let them take you on an exciting Celtic musical journey from wild Atlantic coast of northern Spain, through Brittany to the windswept and haunted outer islands of Scotland...... 


Hand-crafted from arcane regional components, Cabrales is unique, pungent and not for the faint-hearted. Hidden in darkness in vertiginous mountain caves in vain attempts to achieve maturity, the Señor emerges sporadically to delight aficionados (and unsuspecting others). Often complex, fruity and biting, mouldy, sometimes a mite crumbly, but never, never predictable. Best enjoyed with several tumblers of rustic sidra, or a crisp alboriño. Approach.... with caution !  


Our Music

Salton de Candamu / Tigre Xuan / Albora de los Potes 


The slow Salton de Candamu is a traditional Asturian tune. 


The Alborada Tigre Xuan was partly composed by Elias Garcia from the reknowned Asturian group Llan de Cubel. 


Albora de los Potes is a contemporary piece in honor of Xuan Nel Exposito, the accordian player with another reknowned Asturian group, Felpeyu 


This track features on our second  album Sol y Sombra

Tengo de Subir Al Puerto / Si la Neive Resbala


Traditional Asturian tune from the "tonada" singing tradition


This track features on our second  album Sol y Sombra

Caoineadh Eoghan Rua / Fandangu 

(live at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre)


Caoineadh Eoghan Rua, The Lament for Owen Roe, is thought to be for Owen Roe O'Sullivan, or Eoghan of the Sweet Mouth, a celebrated 18th century Munster poet.


This is followed by a Fandangu, a traditional dance tune from Central Asturias, taken from the collection of Asturian musicologist Eduardo Martinez Torner


These tunes feature on our first album Aqui

 Aires De Pontevedra / Alborada Gallega / Xirandiyes de Fresno 


Aires de Pontevedra is popular Galician pipe tune, named for the old port in south-west Galicia. 


Alborada Gallego is also a popular Galician pipe tune. Alboradas are tunes traditionally played in the early morning, the name meaning "sunrise". 


Xirandiyes de Fresno  is an Asturian tune, composed by the late, great Igor Medio of the fantastic Asturian band Felpeyu


This track features on our first album Aqui

Our Albums

Pinchos Tracks

Marcha d’Anton El Neñu

An old Asturian funeral march for a young boy, apparently traditional. We don’t know anything more about the subject, but Juan, our piper, thinks it is at least a couple of centuries old. We note that it appeared on an influential recording by the folk band Beleños in the mid 1980s. We learned it from Felpeyu.


Castilian Tunes

Aguasvertientes is a fandango from the Salamanca region, which we learned from the band La Musgaña – we think it may be the name of an actual village or settlement.


Corrido de Encina - traditional from Segovia, in 5/8 time – typical of corridos and charradas from Northern Castille. The associated dances are called ‘baile a lo cojo’ – to dance as if lame. We learned it from Felpeyu, who had it from their Castilian fiddler, Fernando Oyagüez, but La Musgaña have also recorded it.


Fandangu

A live performance of a set from our first album “Aqui” that has proved popular. The slow air is The Lament for Owen Roe O’Sullivan (1748 – 1782), arguably the greatest, and probably the wildest, of the great folk poets of Munster (for more info, Daniel Corkery’s book, “The Hidden Ireland” is recommended.) On this performance, Juan leads in on low whistle, and Ian joins on flute on the repeat. The fandangu is from Central Asturias, and comes from the seminal collection of Eduardo Martinez Torner “Cancionero Musical de la Lírica Popular Asturiana” (1920) – a bible for Asturian musicians to

the present day. We have multiple copies !


D’Ancadeira

Marcha d’Ancadeira is a traditional march, originally for religious purpose, which Felpeyu learnt from Antón de Fonduveigas, a gaiteru born in Ancadeira. He called it “L’Altisimu”.


Alborada de Porcia was composed by the late, great Igor Medio, of Felpeyu, to celebrate a wonderful festival at that place.


Saltón de Brañalonga is a composition by Yago Prado, gaiteru from the band Llangres, dedicated to his grandmother, who apparently fed the band very well during rehearsals. 


La Casa Gris (The Grey House) A song of displacement, homesickness and loss of traditions – the words by Asturian poet, Ignaciu Llope, set by band Llan de Cubel to two traditional tunes, one a harvest song. We bookend it with a Macedonian song tune, Yerakina, the story apparently about a young girl who

drowned in a well at Nigrita Serron, north-east of Thessaloniki, in the mid nineteenth century. Interestingly, the word Yerakina (the young woman’s name) means ‘buzzard’ .


Ross McDonald’s Farewell to The Hub

A set we learnt from Asturian band Niundes, and dedicated to the owner/manager of a renowned eatery in Keppel St, Bathurst, NSW, on the occasion of his retirement. The Hub is still there.


The Pasodoble de Carmina is traditional, as is A la Mar Fui por Naranxes (To the Sea I Went for Oranges – note Juan’s introductory comments on the track.


The Saltón de Taranis was composed by Niundes. Taranis is a powerful, ancient pan-Celtic god of Thunder,and references to him can be found in Asterix the Gaul. Presumably, he was, and still is, also a Big Deal in Asturias.


Enjoy !

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Pinchos Recipes

A pincho (Spanish: [ˈpintʃo], literally "thorn" or "spike"), pintxo (Basque: [ˈpintʃo]) or pinchu (Asturian: [ˈpintʃʊ]) is a small snack, typically eaten in bars, traditional in northern Spain and especially popular in Cantabria, Asturias, the Basque country and Navarre.

  

Jim McWhinnie (bodhran)

Sardinas para uno

(sardines for one)

3 fresh sardines

Serves 1

* Catch the sardines.

* Grill the sardines.

* Eat the sardines.

* Serve with a bottle of cidra seca.


Nick Rigby (bouzouki)

Pimientos de Padron

(Padron peppers)

300 gm small green Padron peppers

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

sea salt to taste (lots)

Serves 4

* Heat the oil in a skillet.

* Fry the peppers over high heat until they blister to your preference.

* Pour onto a plate and sprinkle with sea salt.

* Serve with beer or fino sherry.

NOTE: Approximately one in ten peppers will be quite hot - in Galicia they like those odds.

"Os Pimientos de Padrón, uns pican e outros non." 

("The peppers of Padron, some are hot and some not.")


Roger Hargraves (fiddle)

Morcilla con garbanzos y limones en conserva

(blood sausage with chick peas and preserved lemon)

100 gm morcilla sausage, cut into about 1 cm slices

2 cloves of garlic, finely sliced

180 gm canned chick peas, drained

1 teaspoon chopped preserved lemon

1/2 cup chicken stock

1 teaspoon chopped parsley

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Serves 4

* Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a skillet.

* Add the morcilla and garlic and cook both sides of the morcilla for a couple of minutes over medium heat.

* Add chick peas and lemon and cook for 2 minutes, until the morcilla starts to break up.

* Add chicken stock, bring to the boil and cook until the liquid reduces by half.

* Stir in the parsley then pour into four small bowls.

* Drizzle the remaining oil over the bowls.

* Serve with fino or manzanilla sherry, or a tempranillo.


Juan Cordero  (Asturian bagpipe, whistle)

Gambas al ajillo

(garlic prawns)

1/2 kg small prawns, shelled and deveined

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

4 cloves of garlic (finely sliced)

1 teaspoon hot smoked paprika

1/4 glass dry sherry (manzanilla or fino)

1 small bunch of Italian flat leafed parsley

Serves 4

* Season the prawns with the paprika and add salt to taste.

* Heat the oil in a skillet.

* Add the garlic and cook over medium heat for a couple of minutes until it softens.

* Add the prawns. Toss and stir for a couple of minutes until they begin to change colour.

* Add the sherry. Continue cooking and stirring for another minute or so until the sauce comes to the boil and the prawns are cooked right through.

* Remove from the heat, stir in the parsley and serve with white rioja or Galician godello.


Ian Stewart (flute, whistle)

Chorizo con habas

(chorizo with broad beans)

250 gm chorizo sausage, cut into bite sized slices

250 gm broad beans, shelled

2 cloves of garlic, finely sliced

1/4 onion, finely chopped

zest of 1 lemon

2 tablespoons sherry (amontillado is good)

2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

Serves 4

* Cook the broad beans in boiling salted water for about 3 minutes.

* Drain the beans, rinse under cold water, then leave them to dry.

* Heat the oil in a skillet.

* Add the onion, garlic and chorizo and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.

* Increase the heat to high and stir in the broad beans, lemon zest and sherry.

* Continue stirring and cook for 4 to 5 minutes.

* Serve with Reserva rioja or a lighter style tempranillo.


Bruce Cameron (mandolin)

Chipirones a la plancha

(fried squid)

1kg baby squid, fresh if available

2 cloves of garlic

1 bunch of fresh parsley

1/4 glass dry white wine

1/8 teaspoon chilli flakes

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Serves 4

* Clean the squid, gently removing the guts, the beak, any soft bone and outer skin. Dry the squid thoroughly on absorbent paper. Do not discard the tentacles.

* Finely chop the garlic and parsley, add the wine, chilli flakes and 2 tablespoons of olive oil and crush well using a mortar and pestle.

* Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a skillet and cook the squid for a couple of minutes over medium heat until lightly brown.

* Add the garlic and parsley dressing, heat for another minute or so while stirring.

* Add a pinch of salt and serve with sparkling wine (preferably Spanish cava) or beer.

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WHERE TO SEE US IN 2019

Jam Orange

ORANGE - November 3

Orange Regional Conservatorium

73A Hill St, Orange NSW

https://www.facebook.com/JAM-Orange-1617310885194926/

ticketebo.com.au/jamorange


Sydney Folk Festival

SYDNEY - August 17-18

Pitt St, Sydney
https://z-upload.facebook.com/events/297698500940074


National Celtic Festival

PORT ARLINGTON, VICTORIA - June 7-10 

https://www.nationalcelticfestival.com/


Fairlight Folk

SYDNEY - May 25

3 William St, Fairlight, Sydney, Saturday May 18 2019.  Doors open at 7pm. 

http://www.fairlightfolk.com/


St Albans Folk Festival

ST ALBANS, NSW - April 26-27

https://www.stalbansfolkfestival.com.au/


The National Folk Festival

CANBERRA - April 18-22

https://www.folkfestival.org.au/


KATOOMBA - February 23

Senor Cabrales in concert with Witches Leap at Junction 142, 142 Katoomba St, Katoomba. 6:30 PM Saturday February 23, 2019

 https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=462934&fbclid=IwAR1M_FnPDKtlBwjvPWur1n4FG0_lBSlmmThftdRYuXkScZbxS0hr1hHCQXY 










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