I LOVE both Mariachis and Bagpipes. When I hear either start up and enter into the room, my heart leaps. They both stir something in my core. The blare from the brass section of the Mariachi band or blast of the bagpipes, fill a space like nothing else. The melodies from the bagpipes and the words of the Mariachi singers can move people to tears. I have seen both happen. If someone asked me to choose between the two, I don't think I could. If asked "would you rather" listen to mariachis or bagpipes the rest of your life, I would rather drink gasoline then lose one of these great musical traditions.
Guess what is even better. When you mix the two styles together! Here is the Mexican St. Patrick's Battalion Pipes & Drums band performing for an Irish crowd two traditional mariachi songs, "The Mexican Hat Dance-Jarabe Tapatio" and "Cielito Lindo." Tell me you don't want to get out of your chair and dance. Try to skip to minute 1:00 to begin and watch how Mexican bagpipers add a little spice at minute 2:45.
In Love & Tacos (and Potatoes)
A cultural Match Made in Heaven
Irish and Mexican folk have a TON in common and the two cultures really are like kindred spirits. This is my dumping ground for all things Mexi-irish, Ire-can, and Leprecano. I find infinite pleasure in digging up gems where our cultures intersect, compliment and occasionally differ. Please refer to my very first blog entry here to learn more about why this is a thing.