Posts Tagged ‘oxford’

New venue, new poster

December 6, 2018

We have an amazing new venue for the sessions, from now on we will be at the Port Mahon in St. Clement’s, close to the bus and coach stops so very accessible by public transport, even for people coming from London. Parking spaces are also available in the vicinity, and if all else fails, the Tesco car park which people used for the JST sessions is also within walking distance.  (You can find them on facebook, their web domain seems to have lapsed.)

So I had to change the poster very quickly (although in the new year I’ll look into designing a brand-new poster as well):

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Please share, print, spread the word so we can get a few more people coming and impress our new hosts, who have taken over at the Port Mahon quite recently.

 

 

 

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watch this space

November 29, 2018

So, after 6.5 years and a lovely last Fisterra at the James Street Tavern last night, the session is now homeless, as the tavern closes for refurbishments that could last months, and who knows if the new management likes gaitas and tambourines …

However, I’m still hopeful we’ll find a place for the December session on the 19th (moved forward because the last Wed falls on Boxing Day).  I have a list of around a dozen options that I need to check – that will be a major pub crawl …

So watch this space …

 

 

November session

November 21, 2018

The November edition of our Galician session is coming up in a week, on Wednesday November 28, at 8:30 pm, James Street Tavern.

Looking ahead, note that the December session is likely to be a week early, as the last Wed of the month falls on Boxing Day. So keep the Wed 19th free for a likely session. However, at this point we are not sure about the location for December yet, as the JST will have a new management from Dec 3rd onwards, and the new people may close for refurbishment or even take the venue to an entirely different direction. Watch this space (and let me know if you have any ideas where we could go instead if we have to move – Port Mahon, Victoria Arms have been suggested).

Meanwhile, this month, in the seventeenth 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 meetings (you can also join a new monthly singing class with them!). Sheet music will be provided for anybody who brings an instrument and wants to join in (I also have a PDF file with 19 of our favourite tunes which I can email on request). Feel free to dance if you find space to move. A box of miscellaneous percussion instruments (plus cunchas!) is also on hand if you would like to rattle along with the rhythms.

Note that the Tavern has a 11:30 curfew for musical 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. The curfew also means that if we start late, we’ll just have less time to play music.

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.

 

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I’m going to run out of illustrations from the Cantigas de Santa Maria very soon – will have to think of a new source for illustrations in the new year …

 

Sing with the Oxford Pandeireteiras

November 11, 2018

The Pandeireteiras are about to begin taking monthly classes with an experienced local singing tutor / community choir leader. This will be English speaking and without tambourines, so anybody who likes the Galician songs can join in. Classes are likely to be held in Botley on a Thursday evening. Contact me or any of the Pandeireteiras for further details.

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photo from the February session – can’t believe I haven’t shared any of these on wordpress before (there is one on flickr though).

 

September session

September 20, 2018

We’ve had a long lazy summer, but we’re getting back in the swing and the September edition of our Galician session / foliada is coming up next week, on Wed, 26.9., starting from 8:30pm, at the James Street Tavern as usual.

In the fifteenth 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 (I also have a PDF file with 19 of our favourite tunes which I can email on request). Feel free to dance if you find space to move. A box of miscellaneous percussion instruments (plus cunchas!) is also on hand if you would like to rattle along with the rhythms.

Note that the Tavern has a 11:30 curfew for musical 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. The curfew also means that if we start late, we’ll just have less time to play music.

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:

Thu 20.9. (TODAY) Galician Session Cardiff

Sun 30.9. Xogara gig at the White Hart, Wolvercote.

Wed 31.10. Galician Session Oxford

Wed 28.11. Galician Session Oxford

NB our December date falls on Boxing Day this year, so we may have to move the date for once – any preferences let me know.

 

… and looking ahead a bit:

August 2 to 11, 2019, Galicia will be the featured Celtic nation at the Festival Interceltique de Lorient.

 

Najla Shami

June 15, 2018

Palestinian-Galician singer Najla Shami is going to give a concert at Queens College Oxford on Thursday 21.6., tickets available from Eventbrite, and here’s here latest video, a song based on a poem from Rosalia de Castro:

 

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 …

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Aí vén o Maio

April 30, 2018

Tomorrow bright and early (6:30 am or so) the Oxford Pandeireteiras will be singing a traditional Galician May song, Aí vén o Maio, on the steps of the Clarendon Building in Broad Street, with the Whirly Band. Here’s one of my photos from last year’s event:

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oh, and a few other people will be out and about as well, doing various folk-y things …

 

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.

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Illustration from the Cantigas de Santa Maria (wikimedia).

Spoons

February 1, 2018

On Monday 12.2., from 19:00-21:00h there will be a Spoons workshop organised by and for the Oxford Pandeireteiras, but open to all.

The workshop is run by Jo May, who has also run similar events at the Folk Weekend Oxford. It will be at the East Oxford Community Centre (44 Princes Street, OX4 1DD, corner with Cowley Rd). Advance tickets (£10) available from EventBrite.

NB: The monthly French/Breton session will be happening the same evening at the James Street Tavern (starting 20:30h), just across the road , so if anybody wants to go for a beer after the workshop and/or wants to try out their new percussion skills that would be a good place to go. A few people you know from the Galician sessions will also be playing there …

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