Núñez is one of Galicia’s most revered artists. He’s the undisputed master of Galicia’s signature musical instrument, the gaita, or Galician bagpipes. He is also enormously popular across the rest of Spain and throughout Europe and Latin America. Worldwide he has sold over a million albums and is well known in the Irish Music scene thanks to his early “adoption” by The Chieftains – he was even dubbed “The Seventh Chieftain”. He played on many of the acclaimed group’s CDs including Treasure Island, The Long Black Veil, the Grammy-winning Santiago (inspired by Galician music), Mexican project San Patricio, and their latest release, Voice of Ages.
Núñez then launched his own solo career and built on his long list of collaborations. His own releases featured a who’s who of international performers, starting with his 1996 debut, the aptly titled Brotherhood of Stars, which had over 50 guests (80 performers appeared on his 1999 release, Os Amores Libres). With platinum sales in Spain, Brotherhood was a remarkable breakthrough for both Núñez and Galician music.
The gaita is musically more flexible than its Irish and Scottish relations, and in the hands of Núñez — who also plays pennywhistle, ocarina, Jew’s harp, tin whistle and flute — an exciting and funky 21st century instrument. “People say I play the pipes like the electric guitar!” he says.