Posts Tagged ‘muiñeira’

Javier Otero Neira

May 19, 2018

Just discovered that the classical pianist Javier Otero Neira (from A Estrada, Pontevedra, if you must know) has recorded a whole album with adaptations of 14 Galician folk tunes, including five or so that we also play.

Here’s his take on our favourite muiñeira:


And here you can buy the whole set as MP3 album and/or listen to 30-second samples of each track:

Oh, and his biography is available in Galician – bonus points for that (but if you must read it in a less beautiful language, there are little flags to switch).






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 …



Muiñeira de Chantada

September 29, 2017

Muiñeira de Chantada at the September session, with David Carril playing gaita. Watch out for the Muiñeira dancing at the end …

I discovered this through Nadia’s tutorial and suggested it for the session. Mano had a version in A, but we’re now playing it in C. Dots for this version are here. Alternatively, you can look it up in the folkoteca galega which will automatically create a score in whatever key you choose.

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.


Muiñeira da Ponte San Paio

September 16, 2017

Muiñeira da Ponte San Paio – one of the tunes we always play. This tutorial is in the same key we play (D minor) and it includes slow demonstrations of the separate parts as well as a full speed performance. I’ve used it to play along to in trying to get my playing up to speed.


muiñeira de freixido

September 14, 2017

The muiñeira de freixido is one of the tunes we play regularly at the Galician session, here is a version from Trio Espiral from Portugal, which is quite similar to ours: