Posts Tagged ‘folk’

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)

 

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February session

February 21, 2018

The February edition of our Galician session / foliada is coming up in a week, on Wed, 28.2., starting from 8:30pm, at the James Street Tavern as usual.

Last time, we had lots of instruments but no gaita, as David had joined Luar na Lubre on their trip to the Celtic Connections festival. For the eighth session in the new sequence, we’re now hoping to lure David back to our smaller venue. There will also be singing and percussions from the Oxford Pandeireteiras, and there may even be a bit of floor space available for dancing. Sheet music will be provided for anybody who brings an instrument and wants to join in. A bag of miscellaneous percussion instruments is also available if you would like to rattle along with the rhythms. Note that the session will close before 11:30 with the traditional anthem of “Fisterra”, so 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.


NB David will also host another Galician session in London soon, happening on Wed 21.3. at La Bodega Restaurant, off Portobello Road, I will make a separate announcement for that a bit closer to the date.

 

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(The picture is from the Cantigas de Santa Maria, via wikipedia: https://gl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cantigas_de_Santa_María )

January session

January 23, 2018

The next Galician session will happen next week, on Wednesday January 31st, from 8.30 pm onwards, at the James Street Tavern, as usual. (NB this month has 5 Wednesdays, and the session is on the last.)

For the 7th session in the new sequence we will (again) have a few new tunes to mix in between the old favourites, and David Carril from London will join us again and play the gaita. There will also be singing and percussions from the Oxford Pandeireteiras, and there may even be a bit of floor space available for dancing. Sheet music will be provided for anybody who brings an instrument and wants to join in. (I have now prepared a few “starter packs” with ~15 tunes that we regularly play, so anybody starting new can ask me for that rather than for each tune separately.) A bag of miscellaneous percussion instruments is also available if you would like to rattle along with the rhythms.

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(The picture is from the Cantigas de Santa Maria, via wikipedia: https://gl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cantigas_de_Santa_María – can’t guarantee we will have precisely these instruments at the session, but it would be nice …)

 

Flashback 4 of 4

December 31, 2017

so to close this amazing year, here is a nameless tune, which David tells me is an Argentinian chamamé :

 

Speaking of which, a personal look back at all the wrong notes I’ve played in 2017 is here.

 

Tanxugueiras: Toutón

December 26, 2017

watching yesterday’s Alalá – TVG special I discovered Tanxugueiras and I think they’re freaking brilliant. I’ll just keep throwing their vids at you, maybe there’s something we can steal.

Muiñeira at London

November 9, 2017

a glimpse of muiñeira dancing from very lovely session we had at London yesterday:

 

 

 

there were plenty of dancers, singers, and tambourine players in attendance, we were just a little bit short of instruments other than gaitas …

 

 

new events page

October 6, 2017

I’ve added a permanent events list to this site, which you’ll find under pages / events.

will try to keep that up to date with relevant events not just in Oxford but also in Cardiff and London.

Next up is the Cardiff session:

Thu 19.10. 20:30h Caerdydd Galician session at The Albany, Cardiff. https://www.facebook.com/groups/caerdyddgaliciansession/

 

Pasodobre de Silván

September 28, 2017

We had another lovely session with David Carril from London playing the gaita and a guest singer from Galicia helping our local pandeireteiras. Here’s my first video, I have another which I’ll share later.

fisterra

September 23, 2017

Fisterra is kind of the national anthem of the Galician session – we always sing it at the end. Here is a rare polyphonic version. I love the echo effects from the male voices (eg “meu ben”) as well as the dynamic contrasts which are also widely used in folk arrangements (eg by Treixadura and Luar na Lubre).

 

 

tunes for the September session

September 22, 2017

with the next session less than a week away, preparations are getting serious.  The pandeireteiras have compiled a list of songs they are planning to sing, and we’ll pick something like a dozen tunes to intersperse while they’re catching their breath.

Here are the tunes that we have successfully played at one or both of the last two sessions, plus a couple that I have practiced, making up 16 altogether, so a good supply with a few to spare:

Alalá do cebreiro                     D

A bruxa                                   Dminor

Danza Arcos Cariño                C

Danza de Xigantes                  G

Golpe de Mondariz / Pasacorr            G

Jota de Mahia                          D

Marchiña de Reis                    D

Mazurca                                  D

Mazurca dos areeiras               G

Muiñeira do Areal                   C

Muiñeira Cervantes                  D

Muiñeira chantada                  C minor/major

Muiñeira Freixido                   D

Muiñeira Ponte San Paio          D minor

Pasodoble Berbes                   G

Valse de Lalin                        C

 

Some of them, like A bruxa, Valse de Lalin and Muiñeira Ponte San Paio   we always play by default, others are open for discussion. Additional suggestions always welcome. Closer to the date we’ll mix up a set list alternating songs and tunes.