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Sing with the Oxford Pandeireteiras

November 11, 2018

The Pandeireteiras are about to begin taking monthly classes with an experienced local singing tutor / community choir leader. This will be English speaking and without tambourines, so anybody who likes the Galician songs can join in. Classes are likely to be held in Botley on a Thursday evening. Contact me or any of the Pandeireteiras for further details.

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photo from the February session – can’t believe I haven’t shared any of these on wordpress before (there is one on flickr though).

 

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Maria’s memories

November 8, 2018

Maria (also known as Mandita, a nickname handed down in her family) has been part of the Oxford Pandeireteiras for many years. Here’s a recent interview for the website Project Neighbours by Zuzanna Fiminska in which she reveals the story of her life and her thoughts on how Galicia has changed since her childhood there:

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.

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)

 

August session

August 22, 2018

The August edition of our Galician session / foliada is coming up next week, on Wed, 29.8., starting from 8:30pm, at the James Street Tavern as usual.

In the fourteenth 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 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 bag 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 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. 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:

From this Saturday: 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.

Thu 20.9. Galician Session Cardiff, TBC.

Wed 26.9. Galician Session Oxford

Wed 31.10. Galician Session Oxford

Wed 28.11. Galician Session Oxford

NB our December date falls on Boxing Day this year, so we may have to move the date for once – any preferences let me know.

 

… and looking ahead a bit:

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

 

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

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 …