Carlos Núñez (musician)

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Carlos Núñez 2011 at the festival " Folk im Schlosshof " in Bonfeld (D)
Carlos Núñez at the Festival Interceltique in Lorient

Carlos Núñez (born July 16, 1971 in Vigo ) is a Galician Celtic folk musician. His preferred instrument is the gaita (Galician bagpipes). He also plays the recorder , which he studied at the Madrid Conservatory alongside baroque music .


At the age of twelve he performed at the Festival Interceltique in Lorient, France . There he also met the Irish musicians from The Chieftains . A very successful collaboration emerged from this encounter; so he worked on several albums of the group and inspired the band to record the album Santiago . That is why Carlos Núñez is often referred to as the seventh chieftain.

His own albums are characterized, among other things, by the fact that he combines Celtic music with influences from other musical styles. In addition, Carlos Núñez managed to win many well-known artists to collaborate on his albums. Jackson Browne , Mike Scott ( The Waterboys ) and Sharon Shannon were among the over 100 guests on the album Os amores libres . In 2004 he worked on the soundtrack for the film The Sea in Me .



year title Top ranking, total weeks, awardChartsChart placements
(Year, title, rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
2007 Cinema do mar IT16 (6 weeks)
Special edition with 21 tracks including documentary DVD
2009 Cinema do mar IT42 (13 weeks)
2012 Discover IT29 (7 weeks)
2014 Inter-Celtic IT89 (1 week)

More albums

  • 1996: A Irmandade das estrelas (Brotherhood of Stars)
  • 1999: Os amores libres
  • 2000: Mayo Longo
  • 2002: Todos os mundos
  • 2003: Almas de fisterra (Un Galicien en Bretagne; Finisterre: The End of the Earth)
  • 2004: Carlos Núñez en Concert
  • 2006: Cinema do mar (nominated for the German Record Critics' Award)
  • 2006: Carlos Núnez - Gedo Senki - Tales from Earthsea (previously only published in Japan)


year Title
Top ranking, total weeks, awardChartsChart placements
(Year, title, album , rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
2000 El pozo de Aran
Mayo Longo
IT16 (1 week)

Working together

  • 1989 The Chieftains - Treasure Island
  • 1996 The Chieftains - Santiago ( Grammy for Best World Music Album)
  • 2005 Solas - Waiting for an Echo

Web links

Commons : Carlos Núñez  - collection of images, videos and audio files


  1. a b Chart sources: ES