Sing with the Oxford Pandeireteiras

November 11, 2018

The Pandeireteiras are about to begin taking monthly classes with an experienced local singing tutor / community choir leader. This will be English speaking and without tambourines, so anybody who likes the Galician songs can join in. Classes are likely to be held in Botley on a Thursday evening. Contact me or any of the Pandeireteiras for further details.

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photo from the February session – can’t believe I haven’t shared any of these on wordpress before (there is one on flickr though).

 

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Maria’s memories

November 8, 2018

Maria (also known as Mandita, a nickname handed down in her family) has been part of the Oxford Pandeireteiras for many years. Here’s a recent interview for the website Project Neighbours by Zuzanna Fiminska in which she reveals the story of her life and her thoughts on how Galicia has changed since her childhood there:

La Hermandad de los Celtas

October 27, 2018

I’m now reading Carlos’s book on Celtic music which is very interesting and beautifully written, if maybe a bit unscientific (no references, no index, a lot of fangirling for actual academics). Watch this space for a review when I’m through. in the meantime, you can read the first chapter online.

 

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October session

October 20, 2018

There are five Wednesdays this month, so the October edition of our Galician session / foliada is not on the fourth this time, but as always on the last Wednesday, which is the very last day of the month, namely Wed, 31.10., starting from 8:30pm, at the James Street Tavern as usual.  (People at the Latin American session this Wednesday told me somebody asked for the Galician one and was disappointed to hear that it isn’t happening every week. I can relate to that … )

While we’re talking dates and diaries, the last Wednesday in December falls on Boxing Day, so I am running a poll on whether to have the session on Boxing Day (pub is open as usual), on the Wednesday after (2.1.), or on an earlier date to be confirmed (Wed before being occupied by the Latin American session, unless they decide to move, too, but I’ve asked the pub to keep the Sun 23.12. for us. Let me know which date you would prefer. Poll closes on the night of the October session, i.e. 31.10.)

Anyhow, in the sixteenth session in the new sequence, we’ll again play lots of lovely tunes from our vast collection of Galician traditionals, including of course A bruxa (the witch) for Samaín/Halloween. The Oxford Pandeireteiras will play their tambourines and sing some of the songs they practise in their weekly classes. Sheet music will be provided for anybody who brings an instrument and wants to join in (I also have a PDF file with 19 of our favourite tunes which I can email on request). Feel free to dance if you find space to move. A box of miscellaneous percussion instruments (plus cunchas!) is also on hand if you would like to rattle along with the rhythms.

Note that the Tavern has a 11:30 curfew for musical activities, so the  session will close before that time with the traditional anthem of “Fisterra”. If you don’t have to leave earlier, it would be nice if you could stay for that. The curfew also means that if we start late, we’ll just have less time to play music.

For further info about the sessions and sharing audio and video recordings of the tunes we play, subscribe to this blog or join the Facebook group. There is also a mailing list for email reminders sent a week before the sessions.

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Other events coming up:

November, date TBC – Magosto. There has usually been a Magosto (chestnut party) celebration in November, organised by the Galician Studies Centre together with the Catalan Studies Centre, but as the new lecturer for Galician has only just taken up the job this month, I haven’t got confirmation for that yet.

Wed 28.11. Galician Session Oxford

December session, date TBC

29.12. -2.1. Folk Marathon Porto – As this year’s location for the annual folk marathon is geographically very close to Galicia, I should expect that there will be some Galician tunes played at the sessions.

… and looking ahead a bit:

August 2 to 11, 2019, Galicia will be the featured Celtic nation at the Festival Interceltique de Lorient.

Two muiñeiras

September 27, 2018

Two muiñeiras from last night’s session, with some dancing:

(the video is unlisted, so can only be found via specific links, such as this one, not by searches or random visitors to YouTube)

 

September session

September 20, 2018

We’ve had a long lazy summer, but we’re getting back in the swing and the September edition of our Galician session / foliada is coming up next week, on Wed, 26.9., starting from 8:30pm, at the James Street Tavern as usual.

In the fifteenth session in the new sequence, we’ll again play lots of lovely tunes from our vast collection of Galician traditionals. The Oxford Pandeireteiras will play their tambourines and sing some of the songs they practise in their weekly classes. Sheet music will be provided for anybody who brings an instrument and wants to join in (I also have a PDF file with 19 of our favourite tunes which I can email on request). Feel free to dance if you find space to move. A box of miscellaneous percussion instruments (plus cunchas!) is also on hand if you would like to rattle along with the rhythms.

Note that the Tavern has a 11:30 curfew for musical activities, so the  session will close before that time with the traditional anthem of “Fisterra”. If you don’t have to leave earlier, it would be nice if you could stay for that. The curfew also means that if we start late, we’ll just have less time to play music.

For further info about the sessions and sharing audio and video recordings of the tunes we play, subscribe to this blog or join the Facebook group. There is also a mailing list for email reminders sent a week before the sessions.

Other events coming up:

Thu 20.9. (TODAY) Galician Session Cardiff

Sun 30.9. Xogara gig at the White Hart, Wolvercote.

Wed 31.10. Galician Session Oxford

Wed 28.11. Galician Session Oxford

NB our December date falls on Boxing Day this year, so we may have to move the date for once – any preferences let me know.

 

… and looking ahead a bit:

August 2 to 11, 2019, Galicia will be the featured Celtic nation at the Festival Interceltique de Lorient.

 

August session

August 22, 2018

The August edition of our Galician session / foliada is coming up next week, on Wed, 29.8., starting from 8:30pm, at the James Street Tavern as usual.

In the fourteenth session in the new sequence, we’ll again play lots of lovely tunes from our vast collection of Galician traditionals. The Oxford Pandeireteiras will play their tambourines and sing some of the songs they practise in their weekly classes. Sheet music will be provided for anybody who brings an instrument and wants to join in (I also have a PDF file with 19 of our favourite tunes which I can email on request). Feel free to dance if you find space to move. A bag of miscellaneous percussion instruments (plus cunchas!) is also on hand if you would like to rattle along with the rhythms.

Note that the Tavern has a 11:30 curfew for music activities, so the  session will close before that time with the traditional anthem of “Fisterra”. If you don’t have to leave earlier, it would be nice if you could stay for that. The curfew also means that if we start late, we’ll just have less time to play music.

For further info about the sessions and sharing audio and video recordings of the tunes we play, subscribe to this blog or join the Facebook group. There is also a mailing list for email reminders sent a week before the sessions.

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Other events coming up:

From this Saturday: In news from other minoritised Romance languages, there is a rare chance to watch a Catalan movie at the Ultimate Picture Palace from 25.8.

Thu 20.9. Galician Session Cardiff, TBC.

Wed 26.9. Galician Session Oxford

Wed 31.10. Galician Session Oxford

Wed 28.11. Galician Session Oxford

NB our December date falls on Boxing Day this year, so we may have to move the date for once – any preferences let me know.

 

… and looking ahead a bit:

August 2 to 11, 2019, Galicia will be the featured Celtic nation at the Festival Interceltique de Lorient.

 

animal expressions

August 11, 2018

things are a bit quieter here in the summer months, but the Galician sessions are continuing on the last Wednesday of each month, so save the date of August 29 – official announcement to follow in a week or so.

Meanwhile, here are some goodies that have channeled through the facebook group in one form or another, liberated for the benefit of the lucky few who don’t have facebook:

An article about animal expressions in Galician – apparently a scientific study found 1300 of them, and there are of course lots of animal references in the songs we sing as well.

From the Festival Interceltique de Lorient the official confirmation that at next year’s event, taking place from August 2 to 11, 2019, Galicia will be the featured Celtic nation.  So we should really get our act together and send a delegation …

Plus, advance warning that I have added four pairs of cunchas to the big bag of percussions that I bring to the sessions. Which look like this:

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more info about their use as percussions is here.

PS: In news from other minoritised Romance languages, there is a rare chance to watch a Catalan movie at the Ultimate Picture Palace from 25.8.

 

 

July session

July 17, 2018

The July edition of our Galician session / foliada is coming up next week, on Wed, 25.7., starting from 8:30pm, at the James Street Tavern as usual.

In the lucky thirteenth session in the new sequence, we’ll again play lots of lovely tunes from our vast collection of Galician traditionals. The Oxford Pandeireteiras will play their tambourines and sing some of the songs they practise in their weekly classes. Sheet music will be provided for anybody who brings an instrument and wants to join in. Feel free to dance if you find space to move. A bag of miscellaneous percussion instruments is also on hand if you would like to rattle along with the rhythms.

Note that the Tavern has a 11:30 curfew for music activities, so the  session will close before that time with the traditional anthem of “Fisterra”. If you don’t have to leave earlier, it would be nice if you could stay for that.

For further info about the sessions and sharing audio and video recordings of the tunes we play, subscribe to this blog or join the Facebook group. There is also a mailing list for email reminders sent a week before the sessions.

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Other events coming up:

Thursday 19.7. 20:30

The Albany, Cardiff

Thursday 26.7., 19:00 Eurobal/fest-noz!  The Isis Farmhouse, Oxford (OX4 4EL – directions here: http://www.theisisfarmhouse.co.uk/location you can only get there by bike, foot or boat. Wod (Jim & Jane) will be playing for Breton dance; the glorious Tradtoechter (Vivien Zeller & Ursula Suchanek, from Berlin)
will be playing for German, French and Swedish dance. Expect hanter dros, mazurkas, schottisches, waltzes and more! And don’t worry if these dances are new to you; Jo Hamilton and Vivien will be there
to explain what’s what!

 

June session

June 21, 2018

The June edition of our Galician session / foliada is coming up next week, on Wed, 27.6., starting from 8:30pm, at the James Street Tavern as usual.

In the tweltth session in the new sequence, we’ll again play lots of lovely tunes from our vast collection of Galician traditionals. The Oxford Pandeireteiras will play their tambourines and sing some of the songs they practise in their weekly classes. Sheet music will be provided for anybody who brings an instrument and wants to join in. Feel free to dance if you find space to move. A bag of miscellaneous percussion instruments is also on hand if you would like to rattle along with the rhythms.

Note that the Tavern has a 11:30 curfew for music activities, so the  session will close before that time with the traditional anthem of “Fisterra”. If you don’t have to leave earlier, it would be nice if you could stay for that.

For further info about the sessions and sharing audio and video recordings of the tunes we play, subscribe to this blog or join the Facebook group. There is also a mailing list for email reminders sent a week before the sessions.

Tocadores de rabé mourisco representados nas Cantigas de Santa María (cantiga 110, códice j.b.2, século XIII).

Other events coming up:

Thursday 21.6. (today) concert with singer Najla Shami, 7:30pm at Queens College, High Street, Oxford.

Saturday 23.6. Noite de San Xoan – from 6pm at Port Meadow. Facebook event.

Fri 6.7. Concert at the Brixton Jamm, London, with gaiteiro Anxo Lorenzo. Tickets here.

Wed 25.7. 20:30h  Galician session Oxford at the James Street Tavern