Posts Tagged ‘Galician session’

Save the date

May 2, 2018

On May 30th, the Galician Session Oxford will celebrate its 6th birthday – see the poster for the first ever session below.

Mano counted 62 sessions until July last year, and this is the 11th on my watch, that makes 73 = 6 x 12 + 1, so it all adds up! (Maths freaks will also notice that after six years including one leap year, the last Wednesday falls on the same date this year.)

So do make sure you can come to this session, and let’s make it a special one! I have one veteran of the first session confirmed (Alice), can we find more?  Stay tuned for further announcements …

galician session 2012



April session(s)

April 18, 2018

The April edition of our Galician session / foliada is coming up next week, on Wed, 25.4., starting from 8:30pm, at the James Street Tavern as usual.

In the tenth 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.

Other events coming up:

This coming weekend, 20.-22.4 will of course see the amazing Folk Weekend Oxford, with lots of concerts, dance events and sessions. While there is no specifically Galician session in the programme, I can predict that some Galician tunes and songs will be played at the Open Session on Friday evening, 8pm till midnight, at the St. Aldates Tavern (first floor). Full programme for the weekend is here.

Then, on Tue 1.5. (May Morning) at some ridiculously early time like 6:30 am, the Oxford Pandeireteiras will be singing “O Maio” on the steps of the Clarendon Building, Broad Street, with the Whirly Band.


Illustration from the Cantigas de Santa Maria (wikimedia).

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.


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


Flashback 3 of 4

December 30, 2017

Mazurca dos Areeiras


Xmas session

December 21, 2017

photo from yesterday’s lovely xmas session ! If you missed it, we still have the regular monthly session coming up next Wed …