Archive for July, 2019

Galician Session Oxford July 2019

July 15, 2019

Two years since this session’s founding genius, Mano Panforreteiro, moved away from Oxford, but some of us are still here! Some others have also moved, so if any musicians out there would like to join, there is space for you!


So, anyhow, here goes:

This month the Galician session will happen a week before the last Wednesday of the month, specifically:

Wednesday 24.7.2019, 20:30 – 23:00.

We are now back at the newly refurbished

Port Mahon, 82 St. Clement’s St., Oxford OX4 1AW

We’re normally in the downstairs bar, which now looks like this:



This month, in the twenty-fourth session in the new sequence, we’ll again play lots of lovely tunes from our vast collection of Galician traditionals (and maybe the odd one from other traditions as well). The Oxford Pandeireteiras will play their tambourines and sing some of the songs they practise in their weekly meetings (you can also join a new monthly singing class with them!). 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). There will be space for dancing, which has been used enthusiastically in the first sessions at the new venue. A box of miscellaneous percussion instruments (including the very Galician cunchas, i.e. scallop shells) is also on hand if you would like to rattle along with the rhythms.

Note that the pub has a 11:00pm 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:

Friday 19.7. 20:30h till late: After the success of the Midsummer Mazurka on the corner of Broad Street / Catte Street, there will be some more dancing in the streets this coming Friday.  Codename: July Jig. But if anybody wants to dance a Muiñeira or three, I am sure that can be arranged!

Saturday 27.7. 13:30h Romaria do dia da patria – a major festivity for the Galician national day  (25.7.) happening in Hyde Park, London,  The Statue of Achilles, London, W1J 7NT, organised by REGA UK

2.-11.8. Festival Interceltique de Lorient (Bretagne) – featured country this time is Galicia!

Events in July

July 5, 2019

Most importantly, our session will exceptionally happen _not_ on the last Wednesday, but on the 4th, due to impending summer holidays. I’ll do the official post later in the month, but wanted to flag this up here as an early warning.

Some exciting events coming up this month:

Sunday 7.7. Slow Session, earlier than usual at 2pm  Also: Cowley Road Carnival

Monday 8.7. French/Breton Session at the Port Mahon – also advertised on, so some dancing likely to happen.

Tuesday 9.7. Scandi Folk Workshop / concert with the Oxford Fiddle Group and the band Doggerland, at Headington Quarry Village Hall starting 8pm. The split between concert and workshop will be roughly 50:50.

Saturday 13.7. Extinction Rebellion folk session in Cornmarket Street (outside Barclay’s Bank) 11-14h.

Wed 24.7. (NB exceptionally not the last Wed, but the 4th!) Galician Session Oxford, Port Mahon, 82 St. Clements St., OX4 1AW.  As the 24th is the last day of school and people tend to disappear for the summer, we’ll have the July session on the 4th Wednesday rather than the last.

Sat 27.7. I hear there may be a major Galician thing happening on that day in Hyde Park, London, details TBC.


Oh, and as a souvenir of last month’s amazing events, here is a video that our dancers made of the Midsummer Mazurka in Broad Street: