Galician Session Oxford

The founding genius and gaitero (bagpiper) Mano has recently moved away from Oxford, _but_ the Galician session will live on. We are very lucky to have a unique combination of:

* the very enthusiastic Oxford Pandeireteiras who sing and play percussions and guarantee a dose of Galician authenticity for the sessions;

* a few local folk musicians who attended Mano’s sessions regularly and have by now got their heads round the Galician tunes (and also happen to love them) ;

* a faithful audience thanks to the Oxford Intercambio Spanish Meetup group, where the sessions form one of the many regular activities that meetup members come to.

So we (instrumentalists and pandeireteiras) considered that this would be a good basis to keep the sessions running on the established monthly schedule, even if we are missing one thing, namely a resident gaitero (bagpiper).

While we can play the tunes without gaita, we are hopeful that Galician pipers resident elsewhere in the UK may at least occasionally come round and help us out. Thus, at the second post-Mano session which happened on Aug 30, David Carril from London came over to play his gaita with us. Any other suggestions or volunteers, please let me know.

I will be looking after the admin including email list, facebook presence, general publicity, and Mano’s tune collection, aka “the bible”. Any suggestions, queries, or if you would like to be removed from the mailing list, just drop me a mail.

The session now has a Facebook group which you can join, and where I will share other infos related to Galician folk as well, including audio tracks and video tutorials.  I will also create a new facebook event for each individual session around 2 weeks before the date and send invites to the members of the group.


This wordpress site will be the alternative web presence of the Galician Session outside facebook, for all who want to follow the session but hate facebook.

The images of musicians that I use to advertise the sessions are borrowed from the Cantigas de Santa Maria, via Wikipedia.


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