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Pub and session news May 2019

May 6, 2019

Hard times for St. Clements and for folk sessions as both Port Mahon and Half Moon are now closed for refurbishment. On the plus side though, the Harp Session is happening tomorrow, Tuesday 7.5. at a private address, message me to get details. French and Scandi sessions will be at the Victoria Arms, Old Marston, on the second and third Monday as usual. We are hopeful that the Port Mahon will be open again by the time the Galician session swings around. They have scheduled a gig for Friday 24th, so Wed 29th should be safe. In the meantime, if you’re in search of a pint, try the brand new Up in Arms on Marston Road (the former Somerset, revived thanks to local community engangement, hence the funny name).

Stop Press: I hear there will be an Irish session at the Up in Arms this coming Sunday, 19.5.  from 8 pm.

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Alborada para Rosalía de Castro

February 13, 2019

The birthday of Galicia’s national icon, the poet Rosalía de Castro, falls on a Sunday this year, namely Feb 24th, and it will be celebrated with a global (hopefully) dawn chorus of bagpipes and other instruments / singers.  Call for participants is here, and near the bottom of the page, on the right, you can download the relevant dots (under “partitura” – Galician isn’t all that difficult, you see!) .

Hashtag: #AlboradadeRosalía

January session – earlier date

January 11, 2019

As the usual last Wednesday of the month will see Galician artist Xabier Diaz & Adufeiras de Salitre performing at the Rich Mix in London, the Galician session will exceptionally be a week earlier, i.e. on Wednesday 23rd, from 20:30 to 23:00.

Like the December session, 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 nineteenth 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.

I’ve updated the flyer, please use it to spread the word:

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Session news

January 7, 2019

We now have green light for the Galician and other ex-JST sessions to go ahead at the Port Mahon this year.

First up is the harp session tomorrow, Tuesday 8.1., 8pm. (exceptionally the second Tuesday this month, from Feb onwards it will be on the first Tuesday of each month). Other instruments welcome.

Then it will be  French/Breton on the 14th and Scandi on the 21st.  Date for the Galician to be confirmed.

Elsewhere, the Slow Session (at the Jericho Tavern) celebrated its 5th anniversary on Sunday with a record attendance of at least 30. Here’s a special video I made on the occasion, going round in circles to capture all participants (minus myself):

 

Songs and tunes

December 25, 2018

I have created pages for the lists of songs and tunes from our session repertoire. I have added some links to videos, will also link to dots (sheet music) in the future. Note that the links on these pages are to recordings made by professionals and/or elsewhere. Videos recorded at our sessions and related events appear on the page videos list, which I also updated.

Also, there are exciting things coming up in January, check the events page!

 

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July session

July 17, 2018

The July edition of our Galician session / foliada is coming up next week, on Wed, 25.7., starting from 8:30pm, at the James Street Tavern as usual.

In the lucky thirteenth 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. 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:

Thursday 19.7. 20:30

The Albany, Cardiff

Thursday 26.7., 19:00 Eurobal/fest-noz!  The Isis Farmhouse, Oxford (OX4 4EL – directions here: http://www.theisisfarmhouse.co.uk/location you can only get there by bike, foot or boat. Wod (Jim & Jane) will be playing for Breton dance; the glorious Tradtoechter (Vivien Zeller & Ursula Suchanek, from Berlin)
will be playing for German, French and Swedish dance. Expect hanter dros, mazurkas, schottisches, waltzes and more! And don’t worry if these dances are new to you; Jo Hamilton and Vivien will be there
to explain what’s what!