Posts Tagged ‘galician music’

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)


O son de Galicia

June 6, 2018

There is a lovely project that just launched on Facebook, presenting the variety of people who contribute to the amazing global phenomenon that is Galician folk.

In a standardised format, everybody gets to share two photos and a statement saying what they do (living it, i.e. the sound of Galicia, is an option if what you do is too complicated to fit in the frame). Full participation details here.  The resulting displays are shared via the facebook page which is publicly visible – just click away the pop-up message that asks you to log in and then you can look at all the lovely people. There are names and links to recordings as well.

I’ve nicked a few, just for illustration purposes. I’ll leave out the names, so you can play a guessing game. One of them was interviewed in last Sunday’s Un Pais Mundial, one I’ve seen live on stage in London, one we’re hoping to see in Oxford later this year, and the other two I don’t know.


Oh, and I should mention that the genius behind the project is Benoit Kensier, a gaiteiro based in Brussels:

last session of the year

December 27, 2017

don’t forget today is the last session of what has turned out to be an amazing year.

On the last remaining days I’ll post some of my videos of the absolutely magical special session we had with Carlos Núñez in May. Here’s the first, with Pablo singing Camariñas, which was before Carlos got involved in the proceedings (after that there will be four videos with Carlos playing various whistles):


Just to clarify, you don’t have to be an operatic tenor to sing at our sessions, but it was an interesting addition. We used to play Camariñas as an instrumental tune before that night, but have been singing it ever since.

PS watching the video again right now I notice that my flute is almost drowning out poor old Pablo. That’s of course due to the fact that I was standing just behind the camera. Placing the camera such that it records a reasonable sound mix is a challenge I still haven’t quite figured out yet.

O merlo

December 13, 2017

David Carril and his lovely dancers have recorded a couple of videos, here’s the first:



We’re hoping to see them in Oxford soon, watch this space !

PS  Dots for the tune are in the Folkoteca Galega under the title “Foliada“. On that page you can transpose it to any key at the touch of a button. I have created a PDF of the version in D and will add it to the repertoire. There are also words for it (eg here, but a bit different from what we’re singing), so we might sing it at one of the next sessions.


November 27, 2017


If someone’s looking for me, that puddle on the floor is all that’s left of me … We had an unrehearsed go at this song on Saturday, but maybe we should work on it a bit and try again at the session some time ?



Lyrics and explanations are here:

I have the dots – Mano must have played it in the session at some point, although I don’t remember having heard it sung.

November session

November 21, 2017

Galician Session Oxford – new series, no. 5

Wednesday 29.11.2017, 8:30pm-11:30pm

James Street Tavern, 47 James Street, Oxford OX4 1EU


For the fifth 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 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 (after seeing David’s dancers at the London session, it is clear we must have a bit more of that!). 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.
For further info about the sessions and sharing audio and video recordings of the tunes we play, I have also set up a Facebook group. There is also a mailing list for email reminders sent a week before the sessions, and a WordPresss blog with the same posts as in the group.


(The picture is from the Cantigas de Santa Maria, via wikipedia:ía )

A bruxa

November 18, 2017

here’s one I prepared earlier – I’m kind of attached to this tune as it was the first Galician tune I learned to play, just over 2 years ago, and this is an early attempt at recording it (unplanned, I just happened to have this venue to myself, my flute and camera with me, and the tune in my head). As I was playing it quite slowly, it might even be useful for people who want to learn it by ear? It does include a couple of slips and hesitations, but that’s why we do repeats, it is usually right the second time round …




Pasodobre de Sísamo

November 17, 2017

we had great fun practicing this song yesterday – here are some ideas re. how to make it polyphonic:



compare and contrast with the Bollywood version which strangely has a lot more views on youtube:




November 10, 2017

upcoming event (message from the Galician Studies Centre Oxford):

On Saturday 25th November we will be celebrating, jointly with the Department of Catalan at the University, a Magosto-Castanyada, our traditional chestnut party!
We will eat roast chestnuts and play music at The Dew Drop Inn (258 Banbury Road, Summertown, OX2 7DX) from 7.30 pm onwards. All welcome!

in Galician, that reads:

O vindeiro sábado 25 de novembro celebraremos xunto co Departamento de Catalán un Magosto/Castanyada! Comeremos castañas asadas acompañad@s de boa música en The Dew Drop Inn (258 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7DX) a partir das 19.30h. Agardámosvos!

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 …