Archive for the ‘video’ Category


June 5, 2019

back in 2017, we played the tune of Despacito (that year’s global summer hit, after Justin Bieber partially anglicised the original Spanish version by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, which had already been hugely successful in Latin America) at one of the Galician sessions in London, which was great fun. I am fairly sure I figured out then that the title would translate as Amodiño and I tried to find a Galician version but could only find one using the tune with a completely different topic, something about agriculture and the eucalyptus crisis.

Now I finally found a proper Amodiño when looking for something else entirely, and I really like this version by the utterly brilliant group De Vacas, we should try it one day. Essentially, they are keeping the sexual theme while subverting the machismo typical of reggaeton.



I’m still struggling to decrypt the lyrics, but here are a few bits and pieces that were quoted in Spanish press reports:


quero ulir o teu pescozo amodiño,

deixa que che diga cousas ao ouvido,

para lubricarnos e vaia suaviño.



quero espirte a bicos moi amodiño,

tocarno-las cachas só un pouquiño,

facelo seguro con preservativo.

sube sube ….

Quero cargar o teu pelo,

quero darche un bico,

acariñar as túas ingles,

os meus lugares favoritos.

favorito favorito neno

Déixame facerche as uñas, toda a manicura,

ir a clases de pintura, es da miña estatura,




May 30, 2019

This video was used in a lecture on Galician poetry recently, as an example of the “modern” things you can do with poetry – the audience looked slightly bewildered, and I was clearly the only one who knew the traditional song that’s been remixed here:


It’s A miña burriña – see a late night a cappella rendition filmed after one of our sessions here. (lyrics)

Update 10.6.2019: Catching up with the podcasts of Un Pais Mundial, I’ve just discovered that Baiuca (real name Alex Casanova) talks about his approach to music in the edition of April 16 (quite early on in the programme).

O baile de Noró

March 30, 2019

Another song from Xabier Diaz that the Pandeireteiras may be adding to their repertoire. I may just be slightly addicted to this video:



We have a complete transcription of the lyrics now if anybody wants them I can send a PDF.


February 28, 2019

An ancient video of the Oxford Pandeireteiras in full swing, singing Palmira at the session of February 2016. This song is normally done a cappella, just with tambourines (and possibly my cajon):


Looking for versions on youtube, most share only the chorus with ours, their verses have different text (sometimes starting with pasei pola tua porta, which we have as a different song) and different tune (eg: Leilia). And then there’s the group Faltriqueira who use our verses more or less but drop the chorus. The only recording that has the same structure as ours is by the group A quenlla.

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):

Keep moving …

December 20, 2018

Ooops, update to the update, the James Street Tavern has closed and reopened under new management now, so don’t believe any events diaries that may still advertise sessions there. We still don’t know whether it will welcome sessions in the future. Lack of reply to messages suggests maybe not.

Meanwhile, we had our first Galician session at the Port Mahon yesterday, following on the heels of the French and Scandi sessions there, also exiled from the James Street Tavern. The space is lovely for playing and dancing. Only trouble is that it reflects and amplifies the sound very efficiently, so with two bagpipers playing a nice duet yesterday, we quickly reached the pain threshold of the bar staff and some customers …

Another caveat is that we still don’t have confirmation that we will be able to have sessions there in the new year. Watch this space.

The good news though is that with the move out of the JST, the three “continental” sessions appear to have acquired a few dedicated dancers who use the sessions for a miniature folk bal, aka bal minuscule. That website include videos from all three sessions we had this month, but for some reason the Galician one doesn’t show up on Firefox right now, so I’ll put it here as well:


Oh, and the January session is likely to be a week early again. This is because Xabier Diaz and the Adufeiras de Salitre are going to play at the Rich Mix in London on Wed 30th of January, and as we have pinched several songs from them (including Agarrado de Vilar de Cabeiras), it’s only fair we send a delegation to support the artists. I also hear there may be a workshop happening the day before the concert, details to be confirmed. So please keep the Wednesday 23rd of January free for the Galician session.






Memoria da noite

December 7, 2018

I’ve known this song by Luar na Lubre for a few years now, but only last week discovered the Irish tune Carolan’s dream (aka Molly McAlpine, see dots here) by the blind harper Turlough O’Carolan (1670-1738), which very obviously inspired Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to heaven. Re-listening to Memoria da noite after obsessing about Carolan’s dream for a few days, I now hear the Irish tune in Memoria da noite as well (so we could play any or all of these three at Galician sessions!). Compare and contrast:

Here’s Carolan’s dream on a steel-stringed Irish harp:

a version with a modern concert harp:

and here’s Led Zeppelin live:

enjoy …

PS: Here’s Heart covering Stairway to heaven with the surviving members of Led Zeppelin in the audience. How scary is that …

Gaztelugatxeko martxa

December 1, 2018

Stephen played this lovely Basque tune at the last two Galician sessions, and I finally got round to looking it up, here is a version with Kepa Junkera (who wrote it) on button accordion and a full symphony orchestra (watch out for the txalaparta, eg at 2:37):


and here are the dots on Folktune Finder (they may not quite line up with the orchestral version, but FF will play the tune for you as well). Enjoy!

PS The back story: I first heard Stephen play this at the Early English session this summer, when Tim was away and we were playing “When the cat’s away” style non-English things all evening, from Finnish tangos to Galician tunes, via Breton and Basque ones.

PPS Think this may have been the first time I consulted the Basque version of Wikipedia – not knowing any of that language. It confirmed my suspicion that “martxa” means “march” (the musical and military term) and revealed that Gaztelugatxe is an island off the Basque coast, which according to the English wiki page has appeared in Game of Thrones.



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)


Najla Shami

June 15, 2018

Palestinian-Galician singer Najla Shami is going to give a concert at Queens College Oxford on Thursday 21.6., tickets available from Eventbrite, and here’s here latest video, a song based on a poem from Rosalia de Castro: