Archive for the ‘dance’ Category

O baile de Noró

March 30, 2019

Another song from Xabier Diaz that the Pandeireteiras may be adding to their repertoire. I may just be slightly addicted to this video:

 

 

We have a complete transcription of the lyrics now if anybody wants them I can send a PDF.

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Keep moving …

December 20, 2018

Ooops, update to the update, the James Street Tavern has closed and reopened under new management now, so don’t believe any events diaries that may still advertise sessions there. We still don’t know whether it will welcome sessions in the future. Lack of reply to messages suggests maybe not.

Meanwhile, we had our first Galician session at the Port Mahon yesterday, following on the heels of the French and Scandi sessions there, also exiled from the James Street Tavern. The space is lovely for playing and dancing. Only trouble is that it reflects and amplifies the sound very efficiently, so with two bagpipers playing a nice duet yesterday, we quickly reached the pain threshold of the bar staff and some customers …

Another caveat is that we still don’t have confirmation that we will be able to have sessions there in the new year. Watch this space.

The good news though is that with the move out of the JST, the three “continental” sessions appear to have acquired a few dedicated dancers who use the sessions for a miniature folk bal, aka bal minuscule. That website include videos from all three sessions we had this month, but for some reason the Galician one doesn’t show up on Firefox right now, so I’ll put it here as well:

 

Oh, and the January session is likely to be a week early again. This is because Xabier Diaz and the Adufeiras de Salitre are going to play at the Rich Mix in London on Wed 30th of January, and as we have pinched several songs from them (including Agarrado de Vilar de Cabeiras), it’s only fair we send a delegation to support the artists. I also hear there may be a workshop happening the day before the concert, details to be confirmed. So please keep the Wednesday 23rd of January free for the Galician session.

 

 

 

 

 

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)

 

Dance like a Galician

April 29, 2018

Today’s podcast of Un Pais Mundial includes a section about Alba and her Galician dance class in London, starting at around 17:00 mins:

http://www.crtvg.es/rg/podcast/un-pais-mundial-un-pais-mundial-do-dia-29-04-2018-3743257

and also a shoutout for our Oxford session …

 

 

Galicia somos nós

April 14, 2018

lovely video combining hiphop choreography with the Muiñeira de Chantada, which is also part of our session repertoire (the version in the video is by Carlos Nuñez and the Chieftains). We’ll all dance it like that next time …

The lines recited at the beginning of the video are the tail end of the poem

Galicia, by Manuel Maria

Galicia é o que vemos:
a terra, o mar, o vento…
Pero hai outra Galicia
que vai no sentimento!

Galicia somos nós:
a xente e maila fala
Se buscas a Galicia
en ti tes que atopala!

BTW, Manuel Maria is also the author of the poem O carro, the song version of which is also in our session repertoire, although we haven’t sung it very often.

4th Galician Session London

April 6, 2018

a one-minute impression from the 4th London session which happened on March 21:

 

 

PS the tune is A camposa, I think ?

 

 

Flashback 1 of 4

December 28, 2017

As promised, here comes the first of four videos of Carlos Núñez at the special session we had with him in May. Here he’s not playing yet, but you can see him dancing towards the end of the clip …

 

How to dance the Verde-Gaio

December 20, 2017

Trying to figure out what the song O verde gaio is about (lyrics here) I didn’t have much luck until I put the Galician dictionary away and picked up a Portuguese one. So, it turns out that across the border, in Northern Portugal, the Verde-Gaio is a folk dance. Suddenly, the lines about falling and breaking bones in the second half of the first verse fall into place, as it were.

As far as I understood the instructions in the Portuguese edition of Wikipedia (there is no entry in the otherwise excellent Galician Wikipedia):  2 concentric circles, girls in the inner circle, boys in the outer, circles rotate, but couples also move inwards / outwards.

That’s still a bit vague, so here are some videos to illustrate various forms – both videos use our tune, although it is also danced to other tunes:

 

 

 

 

 

O merlo

December 13, 2017

David Carril and his lovely dancers have recorded a couple of videos, here’s the first:

 

 

We’re hoping to see them in Oxford soon, watch this space !

PS  Dots for the tune are in the Folkoteca Galega under the title “Foliada“. On that page you can transpose it to any key at the touch of a button. I have created a PDF of the version in D and will add it to the repertoire. There are also words for it (eg here, but a bit different from what we’re singing), so we might sing it at one of the next sessions.