Xarnege is a musical project that brings the Basque and Gascony traditions together, show the similarities and unite the uniqueness of these two cultures into a fabulous, creative, passionate style. The five musicians are all part of several known and lesser known folk bands including Ganbara, Euritan blai, Landerida and many others. Traditional instruments like the hurdy gurdy, Salterius, Txanbela, local bagpipes and many more give a refreshing new interpretation of traditional tunes and songs. Electric sound effects are added, but in such a way that the compositions keep their original touch and this album is more a modern-traditional one than a trad-rock one. I love the way the musicians play with sounds, using difficult rhythmic patterns and fabulous play. Listen the heavy hurdy gurdy sound, the exploding (cow) horns and the unexpected twists in the musical arrangements. Each time I listen to this album I hear new sounds, new melodies and I just get more and more enthusiastic. At some moments it reminds me of the best work of Hedningarna, on other moments it’s like the village musicians meets a sound lunatic and it all works.
We have performed more than 200 concerts in festivals all around the world, such as, Chant de vielles and Mémoires et racines (Canada), Ollin Kan and Feria de San Marcos (Mexico), Intercéltico (Portugal), Suoni della Murgia (Italy), Dranouter and Goikoorts (Belgium)... Click here to see all of them and the next ones scheduled.
VideosSome videos of Xarnege presenting our new album and performing in festivals around the world.
Basque and Gascon cultures
In the 'sharnègo' areas between Gascony and the Basque Country the two cultures have been able to live together and maintain their own spaces along with their shared spaces. Have a look here if you want to know more about this two cultures with an ancient common origin.
Contact us by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), by phone (+34 605 715 735), by fax (+34 943 332 397), by post (Xarnege, Martieta Etxadia 2 - 20180 Oiartzun (Basque Country) or visit our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/xarnege)