Folk music in the Region of Murcia: spanish cultural heritage

Winter time: folk music time

The Winter months around Christmas time are punctuated by the traditional sings and music played by numerous bands during festivities. The most famous is the “Encuentro de cuadrillas de Barranda“.

Every year on the last Sunday in January, the town of Barranda in Murcia celebrates this festivity in which numerous bands, known as ‘cuadrillas’, sing and perform in the streets.

La Fiesta de las Cuadrillas Barranda, Caravaca de la Cruz (Murcia). Enero 2011 JoaquÌn Zamora El tÌo Juan Rita y su nieto Javier cantando pascuas con la cuadrilla de Aledo.

La Fiesta de las Cuadrillas. Barranda, Caravaca de la Cruz (Murcia). Enero 2011
Photo: Joaquín Zamora. El tío Juan Rita y su nieto Javier cantando pascuas con la cuadrilla de Aledo.

A total of around 15 groups from all over Spain take part in the event. Throughout the morning the groups take up their positions around the squares and streets, where they sing and dance in the midst of the crows of onlookers. After lunch come the ‘choques de cuadrillas’, or battles of the bands, in which pairs of bands simultaneously vie to outdo each other while performing together. At the end of the day, all the bands gather in the town’s Social Club where the festivities continue until the early hours of the morning.

And, how it sounds? Like this: Cuadrilla de la Cuesta Gos playing during the Encuentro de las Cuadrillas de Barranda on last 2015

Schedule of festivities with folk music:

Music heritage and point of interest in Barranda

During the rest of the year, you can visit the World Music Museum at Barranda.

This little museum has gets a collection who comprises musical instruments from 145 countries representing cultures from throughout the world, and was been growing since the 1970s.

When may you be in Barranda?

During the thrid stage of our “Castles and sanctuaries selfguided bike route in Eastern Spain“, during the last stage ofCycling the Pilgrim’s Veracruz Rail Trail bike route and during the fourth stage of ourCosta Cálida by bike and boat 9 days’ bike route.

En bici por la huerta de Barranda

On the road around Barranda on Spring. Photo: Alex Rodier