Archive for June, 2018

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


Najla Shami

June 15, 2018

Palestinian-Galician singer Najla Shami is going to give a concert at Queens College Oxford on Thursday 21.6., tickets available from Eventbrite, and here’s here latest video, a song based on a poem from Rosalia de Castro:


O son de Galicia

June 6, 2018

There is a lovely project that just launched on Facebook, presenting the variety of people who contribute to the amazing global phenomenon that is Galician folk.

In a standardised format, everybody gets to share two photos and a statement saying what they do (living it, i.e. the sound of Galicia, is an option if what you do is too complicated to fit in the frame). Full participation details here.  The resulting displays are shared via the facebook page which is publicly visible – just click away the pop-up message that asks you to log in and then you can look at all the lovely people. There are names and links to recordings as well.

I’ve nicked a few, just for illustration purposes. I’ll leave out the names, so you can play a guessing game. One of them was interviewed in last Sunday’s Un Pais Mundial, one I’ve seen live on stage in London, one we’re hoping to see in Oxford later this year, and the other two I don’t know.


Oh, and I should mention that the genius behind the project is Benoit Kensier, a gaiteiro based in Brussels:

Mira-me Miguel

June 1, 2018

Looking into versions of Mira-me Miguel, one of the songs in our repertoire, I discovered this one which features simultaneous playing of two recorders, much as in the banner picture at the top of this blog. I should try this some time …   But everything else about this video is lovely too, from the viola da gamba to the Portuguese singing (we sing a Galician version but this is actually a Portuguese song, from Miranda do Douro).