Galician Session November 2019

The November session will take place a week earlier than normally, namely on

Tuesday 19.11. from  20:30 h (NB we can make music until 1 am if we want to !!!!)

at the

Bullingdon Cocktail Bar, 162 Cowley Road, OX4 1UE

This is just opposite the Tesco supermarket, and very close to the James Street Tavern, so easy to walk from the St. Clements coach stop for people coming in from London or elsewhere on the buses. A car park is available behind Tesco if you have to drive.

We will be in the back left corner which looks like this:


In its current incarnation, the former “Bully” is not the usual kind of folk session pub, but it has a number of key advantages, including the great location, large open space, and long opening hours. There is also a nice wooden floor which to me looks very dance-friendly, but I’ll take expert opinions on that. I’m aiming to have the session there on the last or 4th Tuesday every month, but as these dates were already booked for Nov, I’ve settled for the third Tuesday this time (apologies to Tim and his lovely Early English session – will try to avoid clashes in the future). (UPDATE: The date for the December session has now moved back to a Wednesday, namely 11.12.)

This month, in the twenty-eighth session in the new sequence, we’ll again play lots of lovely tunes from our vast collection of Galician traditionals. In the spirit of international understanding, we are also open for input from other traditions, especially other Celtic and Iberian ones. The Oxford Pandeireteiras will play their tambourines (pandeiretas) and sing some of their songs. 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 is plenty of space for dancing. 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.

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 I tend to send out a week before each session.


PS after a few months of forgetting about it, I have now updated the events diary. I’ve also added new sections with non-Galician tunes to the tunes list and updated the sessions list. So I’m hoping we’re all up to date now.


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