Astur was founded in 1994 by Asturian musicians. Their
aim has always been to give people a knowledge about the Asturian
Celtic folk music in different ways: from a more traditional
perspective, to a folk and even folk-rock point of view.The
group always shows its Celtic spirit by offering music from
the eight official Atlantic Celtic Arch Countries: Ireland,
Scotland, The Isle of Man, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany, Asturies
and Galicia. Obviously, most of the music they play is the
Celtic folk music from their own country: Asturies.
The instruments they play are the most
popular and used in all these Celtic countries, as well as other
instruments from all around the world: from traditional multidrone
Asturian bagpipes, to Irish flutes, Asturian hand percussions, or
the accordion, but also the acoustic guitars, bouzouki, bass guitar,
voices and drums. In this way, they always play a sound that is
closely attached to the Celtic spirit, the primary and most important
idea of the group since it was created.
Brenga Astur has played in most of the biggest Celtic and
folk festivals around Spain, south France, Italy and Tunisia.
Brenga Astur has also been touring in the U.S.A. many times, playing
in several large Celtic festivals and theaters.
|Brenga Astur also gives concerts
for schools and cultural associations around Spain and,
by playing music from the Celtic countries, teaches about
the ancient culture of the Celts and how they influenced
In these concerts, Brenga
Astur offers a brief tour through the Celtic world given
by Fernando Montes, piper and specialist in this culture.
Their concerts follow an attractive, funny way, combined with
a truly educational value. Most of the songs they play are
from Asturies, but they also play some from Brittany, Ireland,
or Scotland. Instruments played are two multidrone Asturian
bagpipes in B flat, electric and acoustic guitars, Bouzouki,
Asturian traditional hand percussions, bodhram, accordion,
thin whistle and low whistle, bass guitar, and drums.