Archive for January, 2018

Tanxugueiras at Foliada en Carboeiro

January 30, 2018

To get into the mood for this week’s session (foliada), 24 hours away as I write this, have a look at these clips from the pandeireteiras group Tanxugeiras, extracted from the very lovely Alala special “Foliada en Carboeiro” which was broadcast in December.






both were released today, actually – I discovered them by sheer good luck as I was looking for something else and noticed the suspiciously large number next to the icon of the Alala channel. They released a whole bunch of clips from the show today.


Camiño do Norte de Luar na Lubre

January 27, 2018

The Luar na Lubre concert at the Rich Mix, Shoreditch, coming up on Sunday is now sold out – but an extra date has now been added at a different London venue, the Brixton Jamm, for Monday 29.1.. Tickets available here.



This graphic is desperately lacking some dreaming spires though …


January 23, 2018

look what an ancient fossil I found 🙂  I was looking at the blog of the Galician studies in Leipzig and they had this extinct Oxford blog in their blog roll. Looks like the spelling hadn’t quite settled back then – it should be pandeireteiras, which derives from pandeireta.

Galego en Oxford, Oxford en Galego

Nacen as Queen’s Pandereiteiras!!!!

A primeira banda de pandereteiras de Oxford xa ten caras, profe e pandeiretas!

Aquí as tedes:

Se vos apetece unirvos a este proxecto emocionante e ben divertido, só tedes que mandarnos un correo a:, polo momento só hai pandereteiras, pero precisamos algún home!!!

Seguiremos informando da súa evolución, roldas de prensa, actuacións e datas da xira internacional desde o Galician Centre Press Office.


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January session

January 23, 2018

The next Galician session will happen next week, on Wednesday January 31st, from 8.30 pm onwards, at the James Street Tavern, as usual. (NB this month has 5 Wednesdays, and the session is on the last.)

For the 7th session in the new sequence we will (again) have a few new tunes to mix in between the old favourites, and David Carril from London will join us again and play the gaita. There will also be singing and percussions from the Oxford Pandeireteiras, and there may even be a bit of floor space available for dancing. Sheet music will be provided for anybody who brings an instrument and wants to join in. (I have now prepared a few “starter packs” with ~15 tunes that we regularly play, so anybody starting new can ask me for that rather than for each tune separately.) A bag of miscellaneous percussion instruments is also available if you would like to rattle along with the rhythms.


(The picture is from the Cantigas de Santa Maria, via wikipedia:ía – can’t guarantee we will have precisely these instruments at the session, but it would be nice …)


Half Moon Oxford

January 22, 2018

We had a lovely session at the Half Moon last night, with a Galician flavour and a special guest …

Note also that there is a new management in the pub, which is now keen to promote the Sunday night session as the “World Famous Folk Night” (see #halfmoonoxford on social media). A fresh start, may be worth coming back and trying out if you have avoided the session in recent months / years? The poster doesn’t say you have to play Irish tunes …



January 19, 2018

I hear that a new language course in Galician is due to start soon, for the benefit of some of the husbands and boyfriends of the Oxford Pandeireteiras. So if anybody else out there would like to get to know this lovely language, get in touch with Laura at the Centre (Facebook: Galego en Oxford).

I took the course a couple of years ago and can recommend the experience 🙂  It is very easy to learn if you know Spanish or Portuguese.

Also, if you want to catch an impression of the language, there is a screening of a movie in Galician with English subtitles happening today at 5pm, see the previous blog entry for details.

00 lingua galega

I can’t for the life of me remember where I stole this lovely image but I trust that whoever created it will approve of the purpose I’m using it for.

Os fenómenos

January 12, 2018

The second screening in the series of Galician films organised by the Galician Studies Centre Oxford and the Galician Film Forum London is coming up next Friday:

‘Aces’, from Alfonso Zarauza, on the 19th January at 5pm. Main Hall, Taylor Institution Library. Screening in Galician with English subtitles.

Free tickets available from Eventbrite.

[GAL] Segunda proxección do Ciclo de Cinema Galego en Oxford, xunto co GFF-Galician Film Forum de Londres: “Os fenómenos”, de Alfonso Zarauza. Venres 19 de xaneiro ás 17h. Main Hall da Taylor Institution Library. Entradas de balde no Eventbrite.



Foliada Galega – poster

January 10, 2018

I’ve designed a new poster / leaflet to advertise the sessions. You may have seen a preliminary version which I have shown around, but here is now the definitive one for the new year, so please use this PDF file:


to spread the word (the JPG below is just a screenshot in low resolution). Graciñas.



Tanxugueiras: Xota de Bembibre

January 9, 2018

lovely video from the Tanxugueiras:




A arte de trobar

January 6, 2018

The Galician music scene anno 1237.  I just finished this book and think I’ll have to read it again …

My review is here.


arte de trobar

Publisher’s blurb:

No século XIII, unha “troupe” de artistas itinerantes procedentes de Galicia percorre os reinos do Camiño de Santiago. É un momento de cambio político, cultural e lingüístico nunha Europa inmersa en cruentas loitas de poder. As persecucións relixiosas e as ansias expansionistas coinciden co auxe das cantigas galego-portuguesas e co declive da lírica provenzal. Un códice oculto, a Inquisición, a herexía cátara e os segredos da alquimia uniranse ás cantigas medievais para conformar unha engaiolante trama nunha novela con grandes doses de intriga.”A arte de trobar” é unha novela luminosa, escrita con felicidade e coñecemento, que non renuncia ao humor. Configurada a partir de capítulos curtos, é capaz de integrar unha trama implacable coa tradición máis notable de versos en galego e occitano. Documentada con rigor, e dotada dun ritmo moi áxil, “A arte de trobar” constitúe un vibrante fresco desta nosa historia, que se escribiu en folla de pergamiño e con pluma de ave, á beira do mar.