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No Galician session but two Euro sessions

April 17, 2019

It turns out the Port Mahon will be CLOSED for refurbishment on the last Wednesday of this month (24.4.). Unfortunately, this caught me on the wrong foot as I am travelling in the time just before the session, so I won’t be able to organise an alternative venue. Thus I’ll have to cancel this month’s session (first time in my tenure!).

On the plus side, however, on the weekend following our usual date, namely the Fri Sunday 28.4., there will be two Euro sessions and dance at Oxford Folk Fringe weekend. Galician tunes are likely to be played at both, and I guess the Oxford Pandeireteiras will coordinate to put in an appearance at one of them (at least). Watch this space.

Stay tuned for announcements re the May session, as we may have to find an alternative venue for that if the Port Mahon doesn’t re-open in time. The French and Scandi session for May will be at the Victoria Arms in Old Marston on the usual days (second and third Monday of the month, respectively).

Here’s the schedule for the Folk Fringe events if you haven’t seen it yet (plus there’s also a Clandestine Mazurka event Sunday at 2 which isn’t listed):






animal expressions

August 11, 2018

things are a bit quieter here in the summer months, but the Galician sessions are continuing on the last Wednesday of each month, so save the date of August 29 – official announcement to follow in a week or so.

Meanwhile, here are some goodies that have channeled through the facebook group in one form or another, liberated for the benefit of the lucky few who don’t have facebook:

An article about animal expressions in Galician – apparently a scientific study found 1300 of them, and there are of course lots of animal references in the songs we sing as well.

From the Festival Interceltique de Lorient the official confirmation that at next year’s event, taking place from August 2 to 11, 2019, Galicia will be the featured Celtic nation.  So we should really get our act together and send a delegation …

Plus, advance warning that I have added four pairs of cunchas to the big bag of percussions that I bring to the sessions. Which look like this:


more info about their use as percussions is here.

PS: In news from other minoritised Romance languages, there is a rare chance to watch a Catalan movie at the Ultimate Picture Palace from 25.8.



Ortigueira 2018

January 5, 2018

Festival Internacional do Mundo Celta de Ortigueira will happen 12.-15.7.2018. Is anybody going?