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6th anniversary session

May 21, 2018

The May edition of our Galician session / foliada is coming up next week, on Wed, 30.5., starting from 8:30pm, at the James Street Tavern as usual. It will be a little bit special, however, as it was in the same place, on the same date, six year ago, that the very first Galician session in Oxford took place. (Unfortunately, I missed the first half of the six-year history, but there are veterans around who can share their memories!)

So I’m hoping that the opportunity to celebrate an anniversary might bring back some of the veterans who may not have found the time to attend in recent months and years. 

Other than that, the established procedure applies: we’ll again play lots of lovely tunes from our vast collection of Galician traditionals. Sheet music will be provided for anybody who brings an instrument and wants to join in. The Oxford Pandeireteiras will play their tambourines and sing some of the songs they practise in their weekly classes. Feel free to dance if you find space to move. A bag of miscellaneous percussion instruments is also on hand if you would like to rattle along with the rhythms.

Note that the Tavern has a 11:30 curfew for music 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.

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:

Thu 21.6. The 56th Caerdydd Galician Session (Cardiff)

Sat 23.6. Noite de San Xoan – details TBC

Wed 27.6. 20:30h  Galician session Oxford at the James Street Tavern

Fri 6.7. Concert at the Brixton Jamm, London, with gaitero Anxo Lorenzo. Tickets here.

Wed 25.7. 20:30h  Galician session Oxford at the James Street Tavern

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Día das letras Galegas

May 17, 2018

The annual day of Galician Literature is happening today. Read all about it in Wikipedia or check the twitter hashtag.   The Oxford Centre for Galician Studies ran a lovely little workshop, managing to coax the Centre’s founder, John Rutherford, out of his retirement to discuss a modern sonnet inspired by Petrarch (the second one on this page).

Also on twitter, there is a lovely hashtag: #euleoengalego, for which I took a selfie, below. And local celebrations continue tonight with the pandeireteiras …

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UPDATE (24.5.): I’ve now finished this one, see my review here.

 

 

Save the date

May 2, 2018

On May 30th, the Galician Session Oxford will celebrate its 6th birthday – see the poster for the first ever session below.

Mano counted 62 sessions until July last year, and this is the 11th on my watch, that makes 73 = 6 x 12 + 1, so it all adds up! (Maths freaks will also notice that after six years including one leap year, the last Wednesday falls on the same date this year.)

So do make sure you can come to this session, and let’s make it a special one! I have one veteran of the first session confirmed (Alice), can we find more?  Stay tuned for further announcements …

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Aí vén o Maio

April 30, 2018

Tomorrow bright and early (6:30 am or so) the Oxford Pandeireteiras will be singing a traditional Galician May song, Aí vén o Maio, on the steps of the Clarendon Building in Broad Street, with the Whirly Band. Here’s one of my photos from last year’s event:

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oh, and a few other people will be out and about as well, doing various folk-y things …

 

Galicia v. Norway

April 21, 2018

We had an amazing mix of cultures at the open session of the Folk Weekend on Friday. Among other contributors there were half a dozen violinists from a Norwegian dance outfit (de Frilynde) and half a dozen Oxford Pandeireteiras, which made for an interesting cultural contrast. Here are the pandeireteiras performing Carmiña Carmela, with some of the Norwegians looking on bemused in the background.

 

The Norwegians were absolutely flawless in their prepared pieces but shy in joining in with things they didn’t know, so I have a suspicion they may be classical musicians travelling incognito …

 

Agarrado de Vilar de Cabeiras

April 13, 2018

new song the pandeireteiras are currently working on.  I think it’s probably going to end up in A (starting F#) so once that is confirmed I can prepare some dots.

 

Whistle it

April 1, 2018

The Oxford Pandeireteiras trying their hands at tin whistles …

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How it all began

March 17, 2018

In the depths of the Galician Studies Centre’s Facebook page, I discovered a poster for the first ever Galician session in Oxford, so this is how it all began, back in May 2012 (already on the last Wednesday of the month!):

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two years later, it looked like this:

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and another two years later:

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… and today:

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February session

February 21, 2018

The February edition of our Galician session / foliada is coming up in a week, on Wed, 28.2., starting from 8:30pm, at the James Street Tavern as usual.

Last time, we had lots of instruments but no gaita, as David had joined Luar na Lubre on their trip to the Celtic Connections festival. For the eighth session in the new sequence, we’re now hoping to lure David back to our smaller venue. There will also be singing and percussions from the Oxford Pandeireteiras, and there may even be a bit of floor space available for dancing. Sheet music will be provided for anybody who brings an instrument and wants to join in. A bag of miscellaneous percussion instruments is also available if you would like to rattle along with the rhythms. Note that the session will close before 11:30 with the traditional anthem of “Fisterra”, so if you don’t have to leave earlier, it would be nice if you could stay for that.


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.


NB David will also host another Galician session in London soon, happening on Wed 21.3. at La Bodega Restaurant, off Portobello Road, I will make a separate announcement for that a bit closer to the date.

 

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(The picture is from the Cantigas de Santa Maria, via wikipedia: https://gl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cantigas_de_Santa_María )

A pandeireteira’s day job

February 6, 2018

If you’ve ever wondered what the Oxford Pandeireteiras do when they’re not rattling tambourines, here’s one answer. Laura listed on Facebook the job title “Fisheries analyst at Satellite Applications Catapult” which I found intriguing so I asked her about it and the answers led to the feature that is out this week:

Eyes on our planet

Current Biology Volume 28, Issue 3, pR89–R92, 5 February 2018

Restricted access to full text and PDF download
(will become open access one year after publication)

Magic link for free access
(first seven weeks only)

Laura Fontán Bouzas, whose work is the nucleus from which this feature grew …