Guieldu was created as a musical project at the end of 2019 in Asturias, at the initiative of the flutist and composer of the group Héctor Aneiros. It is a young band framed in the current of Celtic Music, which is inspired by the sound of the groups and artists of the genre in the 80’s and 90’s.
The name usually arouses some curiosity and comes from an expression typical of some areas of central-western Asturias. In them, “dir al guieldu” or “tar al guieldu” means to go to collect small fruits in the forest or the sea. That is why Guieldu is also an allegory of the band’s work: collecting traditional music from the Atlantic arc and adapting it to their own style.
Due to the pandemic and the 2020 lockdowns, the group’s activity was cut short shortly after it began. The rehearsals were affected by long breaks that made difficult not only the preparation of the repertoire, but also the stability of the formation.
After these initial ups and downs, throughout 2021 Guieldu manages to consolidate its members with seven components from Asturias and León. Musicians who come from varied scenes, from traditional and classical music to metal or world music and of course folk.
They were Susana Sors, voice and acoustic guitar; Jorge Álvarez, bouzouki, mandolin and electric guitar; Laura Mendez, synthesizers; Pablo Santamarta on bass; Héctor Aneiros with whistles, flutes and ocarinas; Celia Nieto, violin and Gabriel Catalán as drummer.
At the end of that same year, with the band still immersed in the creation of their repertoire, they recorded the first single on their own and with their own technical means, which positively surprised critics and specialized audiences.
In the summer of 2022 the repertoire was ready and the first live concerts arrived. The band’s tour included, among others, performances at the Sendim Interceltic Festival (Portugal), the Intercelticu d’Avilés, the Festival Intercéltico de Occidente or the Campo y Santibañez Celtic Night.
In the autumn of that year, Celia and Gabri are forced to leave the band due to their academic commitments. Then the violinist Olaya Pérez and Rubén Cadenas take over on drums, percussion and programming.
The beginning of 2023 could not have been more positive. In February, Guieldu won the AMAS Asturian music award for “Best Folk Song 2022” for L’Aremu.
Around those dates they also entered the recording studio to prepare their second single, “Perdayuri” also with two songs and which was released on digital platforms in April.