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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


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.


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.



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 …


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



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:



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


Whistle it

April 1, 2018

The Oxford Pandeireteiras trying their hands at tin whistles …



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.


Xmas session

December 21, 2017

photo from yesterday’s lovely xmas session ! If you missed it, we still have the regular monthly session coming up next Wed …



December 10, 2017

book delivery arrived yesterday – have already finished the little book which is aimed at young readers and very easy. Might be suitable for the Galician Studies Centre to throw at their students. Now for the bigger one, a new historic novel about the time of the troubadours …


btw, it amuses me every time that Amazon Spain lists Galician books under “foreign languages”. Looks like they didn’t get the memo about Spain’s co-official languages …

Magosto photos

November 26, 2017

some photos from yesterday’s Magosto event at the Dew Drop Inn:




The Oxford Pandeireteiras and our tiny orchestra kept going till midnight, from which you may conclude that we had a great time, although I got the impression that about half the room ended up ignoring our antics during the last couple of hours.


O Maio

November 25, 2017

With only six months delay, I’ve uploaded some photos I took on May morning to my flickr photostream. With the Whirly Band and Oxford Pandeireteiras singing O maio, and some dancing: