Archive for the ‘Galician session’ Category

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 26.4.to 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):

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Galician Session March 2019

March 20, 2019

This month the Galician session will happen on the last Wednesday of the month, as usual, specifically:

Wednesday 27.3.2019,  20:30 – 23:00.

Like the previous three sessions, it will also be in our new home, namely the

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

which looks like this (check the February announcement if you’re unsure where to find it):

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This month, in the twenty-first 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 (plus cunchas!) 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.

 

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February 28, 2019

An ancient video of the Oxford Pandeireteiras in full swing, singing Palmira at the session of February 2016. This song is normally done a cappella, just with tambourines (and possibly my cajon):

 

Looking for versions on youtube, most share only the chorus with ours, their verses have different text (sometimes starting with pasei pola tua porta, which we have as a different song) and different tune (eg: Leilia). And then there’s the group Faltriqueira who use our verses more or less but drop the chorus. The only recording that has the same structure as ours is by the group A quenlla.

February session

February 18, 2019

This month the Galician session returns to its usual date, the last Wednesday of the month, specifically:

Wednesday 27.2.2019,  20:30 – 23:00.

Like the previous two sessions, it will also be in our new home, namely the

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

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That’s on the corner of Jeune St, which is the street that has the Ultimate Picture Palace at the other end. Buses and coaches including X90 / Oxford Tube from London and Park and Ride services stop just a few metres further down the road, the stop is called St. Clement’s. Parking is available alongside the road, as well as at the St. Clement’s car park on the other side of the road. Failing that, the Tesco car park, which many people used to use for the JST, is still within walking distance.

Sessions will usually be in the downstairs bar, which is the little extension you see on the right hand side. It has a direct door at street level on the Jeune Street side, so you don’t have to haul your instruments upstairs to the front door and back down to the bar. There is a lovely square room at the far end that will easily accommodate 15 musicians in a circle around the sides, leaving room in the middle for dancers. There is additional room alongside the bar with a few tables where people can sit and listen.

Otherwise, the usual Ts and Cs apply:

This month, in the twentieth 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 (plus cunchas!) is also on hand if you would like to rattle along with the rhythms.

Note that the pub has a 11:00 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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

December 19th session @ new venue

December 12, 2018

As the usual last Wednesday of the month falls on Boxing Day, the Galician session will exceptionally be a week earlier, i.e. on Wed. 19th. It will also be in a new venue, as the James Street Tavern is closed for refurbishment and under new management, and we don’t know yet whether it will welcome folk sessions when it reopens.  So this month (and hopefully next year as well, but that remains to be confirmed) we will be at the

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

That’s on the corner of Jeune St, which is the street that has the Ultimate Picture Palace at the other end. Buses and coaches including X90 / Oxford Tube from London and Park and Ride services stop just a few metres further down the road, the stop is called St. Clement’s. Parking is available alongside the road, as well as at the St. Clement’s car park on the other side of the road. Failing that, the Tesco car park, which many people used to use for the JST, is still within walking distance.

Last Monday, the pub looked like this:

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Sessions will usually be in the downstairs bar, which is the little extension you see on the right hand side. It has a direct door at street level on the Jeune Street side, so you don’t have to haul your instruments upstairs to the front door and back down to the bar.  There is a lovely square room at the far end that will easily accommodate 15 musicians in a circle around the sides, leaving room in the middle for dancers. There is additional room alongside the bar with a few tables where people can sit and listen.  Here is an impression of the dance space from this week’s French/Breton session which saw quite a lot of enthusiastic dancing happening:

 

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So let’s fill this space again, next Wednesday !

Here are the usual instructions for anybody who has never been to our sessions:

This month, in the eighteenth 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 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. A box of miscellaneous percussion instruments (plus cunchas!) is also on hand if you would like to rattle along with the rhythms.

Note that the pub has a 11:00 curfew for musical activities (NB that’s half an hour earlier than at the JST!), 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.

 

 

 

New venue, new poster

December 6, 2018

We have an amazing new venue for the sessions, from now on we will be at the Port Mahon in St. Clement’s, close to the bus and coach stops so very accessible by public transport, even for people coming from London. Parking spaces are also available in the vicinity, and if all else fails, the Tesco car park which people used for the JST sessions is also within walking distance.  (You can find them on facebook, their web domain seems to have lapsed.)

So I had to change the poster very quickly (although in the new year I’ll look into designing a brand-new poster as well):

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Please share, print, spread the word so we can get a few more people coming and impress our new hosts, who have taken over at the Port Mahon quite recently.

 

 

 

watch this space

November 29, 2018

So, after 6.5 years and a lovely last Fisterra at the James Street Tavern last night, the session is now homeless, as the tavern closes for refurbishments that could last months, and who knows if the new management likes gaitas and tambourines …

However, I’m still hopeful we’ll find a place for the December session on the 19th (moved forward because the last Wed falls on Boxing Day).  I have a list of around a dozen options that I need to check – that will be a major pub crawl …

So watch this space …

 

 

November session

November 21, 2018

The November edition of our Galician session is coming up in a week, on Wednesday November 28, at 8:30 pm, James Street Tavern.

Looking ahead, note that the December session is likely to be a week early, as the last Wed of the month falls on Boxing Day. So keep the Wed 19th free for a likely session. However, at this point we are not sure about the location for December yet, as the JST will have a new management from Dec 3rd onwards, and the new people may close for refurbishment or even take the venue to an entirely different direction. Watch this space (and let me know if you have any ideas where we could go instead if we have to move – Port Mahon, Victoria Arms have been suggested).

Meanwhile, this month, in the seventeenth 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 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). Feel free to dance if you find space to move. A box of miscellaneous percussion instruments (plus cunchas!) is also on hand if you would like to rattle along with the rhythms.

Note that the Tavern has a 11:30 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.

 

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I’m going to run out of illustrations from the Cantigas de Santa Maria very soon – will have to think of a new source for illustrations in the new year …

 

October session

October 20, 2018

There are five Wednesdays this month, so the October edition of our Galician session / foliada is not on the fourth this time, but as always on the last Wednesday, which is the very last day of the month, namely Wed, 31.10., starting from 8:30pm, at the James Street Tavern as usual.  (People at the Latin American session this Wednesday told me somebody asked for the Galician one and was disappointed to hear that it isn’t happening every week. I can relate to that … )

While we’re talking dates and diaries, the last Wednesday in December falls on Boxing Day, so I am running a poll on whether to have the session on Boxing Day (pub is open as usual), on the Wednesday after (2.1.), or on an earlier date to be confirmed (Wed before being occupied by the Latin American session, unless they decide to move, too, but I’ve asked the pub to keep the Sun 23.12. for us. Let me know which date you would prefer. Poll closes on the night of the October session, i.e. 31.10.)

Anyhow, in the sixteenth session in the new sequence, we’ll again play lots of lovely tunes from our vast collection of Galician traditionals, including of course A bruxa (the witch) for Samaín/Halloween. 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 (I also have a PDF file with 19 of our favourite tunes which I can email on request). Feel free to dance if you find space to move. A box of miscellaneous percussion instruments (plus cunchas!) is also on hand if you would like to rattle along with the rhythms.

Note that the Tavern has a 11:30 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.

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Other events coming up:

November, date TBC – Magosto. There has usually been a Magosto (chestnut party) celebration in November, organised by the Galician Studies Centre together with the Catalan Studies Centre, but as the new lecturer for Galician has only just taken up the job this month, I haven’t got confirmation for that yet.

Wed 28.11. Galician Session Oxford

December session, date TBC

29.12. -2.1. Folk Marathon Porto – As this year’s location for the annual folk marathon is geographically very close to Galicia, I should expect that there will be some Galician tunes played at the sessions.

… and looking ahead a bit:

August 2 to 11, 2019, Galicia will be the featured Celtic nation at the Festival Interceltique de Lorient.