Archive for the ‘london’ Category

Galician Carnival in London

January 22, 2020

There will be a Galician Entroido (Carnival) festivity happening in West London on Saturday Feb 8:



organised by REGA UK, who are also on wordpress:


The venue is in West London, not too far from Paddington – you can walk along the canals via Little Venice, which is a lovely walk.

There will definitely be lots of Galician music as well, and if enough people come with their instruments there may even be a session (TBC).


Dia das letras galegas

May 10, 2019

Next Friday (17.5.) will be the Galician Literature Day (Dia das letras galegas), which honours a different (safely deceased) Galician writer each year.  This year’s laureate is Antonio Fraguas Fraguas (yes he does have a Wikipedia page in English! not all past laureates do).

There will be two related events around here:

Wed 15.5., 17:15 – 18:30h  Galician Literature talk with Alba Cid, the current lecturer of Galician at the Galician Studies Centre at Oxford. Happening at Room 2, Taylor Institution Library, St. Giles.  Free, but booking required.

18.5., 13-19h. Dia das letras galegas celebrations in London. Facebook event page. Yaa Centre -1 Chippenham Mews, London W9 2AN.



Xabier Díaz & Adufeiras de Salitre

January 28, 2019

A reminder that Xabier Díaz & Adufeiras de Salitre are playing the Rich Mix at London this coming Wednesday 30th. (Because of that gig, we held our session a week earlier, so no session this Wednesday!) Xabier Díaz will also be hosting a tambourine workshop at the Centro Galego on Tuesday evening.


I’ve shared one of their videos before (Agarrado de Vilar de Cabeiras), as we’re also singing that song, so here’s a different one, of a song we’re not singing (yet):

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:

and also a shoutout for our Oxford session …



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 ?



4th Galician session London

March 4, 2018
coming up on Wed in two weeks: the fourth Galician session at London. Hosted by gaitero David Carril Castiñeira.
Wed 21.3.2018., from 19:00 h
La Bodega Restaurant
78 Tavistock Road
London W11 1AN
A few of us will be going there from Oxford, car sharing opportunities may be available. (I can put you in touch with drivers or passengers as necessary.) Alternatively, you can take the Oxford Tube to Notting Hill Gate and walk down Portobello Road to get there.
Here’s a photo from the 3rd session in November (for a video of the fantastic dancing that happened there, click here):

Compare and contrast

March 3, 2018

David Carril playing the gaita at our latest session, and with Luar na Lubre on stage at the Brixton Jamm, London.






In my slightly biased view, the Oxford session is more fun, of course, but the London stage has better lighting, so it may be more photogenic.

PS click through to flickr to see a few more pics of Luar na Lubre and one more of our session.


Camiño do Norte de Luar na Lubre

January 27, 2018

The Luar na Lubre concert at the Rich Mix, Shoreditch, coming up on Sunday is now sold out – but an extra date has now been added at a different London venue, the Brixton Jamm, for Monday 29.1.. Tickets available here.



This graphic is desperately lacking some dreaming spires though …

Efraím Díaz: Lela

January 2, 2018

I may be slightly obsessed with this tune (and song), and I may or may not end up sharing my cello cover one day (be afraid … ) but in the meantime here is Efraím Díaz who played it on his pito pastoril during his recent visit to London:


For the song complete with lyrics and soaking sadness see Maria do Ceo’s lovely version.

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.