Folk music from the Spanish interior
Thanks to hosting an annual festival in the city of Cáceres for more than 25 years, WOMAD has long held close ties to the Spanish region of Extremadura. A by-product of this lengthy association is becoming familiar with local musicians who might well have otherwise slipped under our radar. One such outfit is El Pelujáncanu, a quartet of folk musicians from the nearby town of Montehermoso whose beautiful and evocative tunes place the listener directly into the parched landscape of Spain’s own West Country. There are few nods to modernity in their sound. Acoustic stringed instruments are strummed, flutes and penny whistles blown, and the sturdy vocals sound exactly as though they’ve been sung that way for decades.