Os Cempes, one of Anton's pioneering bands:
Anton Varela, 61 years old, passed away today, 25 July 2017, on the day of Galicia. Pioneer musician and bagpipe maker, shaper of the Galician bagpipe revival, Anton was a well-loved and well-known figure in the world of the gaiteros.
Just a few weeks ago, I was translating his own personal account of his life as a musician and maker for the Bagpipe Society's journal, Chanter.
I prefer to leave the last words to him.
My Gaita Journey by Anton Varela (English Version)
Mi recorrido con la gaita, por Anton Varela (Version en Castellano)