Posts Tagged ‘session’

June session

June 21, 2018

The June edition of our Galician session / foliada is coming up next week, on Wed, 27.6., starting from 8:30pm, at the James Street Tavern as usual.

In the tweltth 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.

Tocadores de rabé mourisco representados nas Cantigas de Santa María (cantiga 110, códice j.b.2, século XIII).

Other events coming up:

Thursday 21.6. (today) concert with singer Najla Shami, 7:30pm at Queens College, High Street, Oxford.

Saturday 23.6. Noite de San Xoan – from 6pm at Port Meadow. Facebook event.

Fri 6.7. Concert at the Brixton Jamm, London, with gaiteiro Anxo Lorenzo. Tickets here.

Wed 25.7. 20:30h  Galician session Oxford at the James Street Tavern

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4th Galician session London

March 4, 2018
coming up on Wed in two weeks: the fourth Galician session at London. Hosted by gaitero David Carril Castiñeira.
Details:
Wed 21.3.2018., from 19:00 h
La Bodega Restaurant
78 Tavistock Road
London W11 1AN
A few of us will be going there from Oxford, car sharing opportunities may be available. (I can put you in touch with drivers or passengers as necessary.) Alternatively, you can take the Oxford Tube to Notting Hill Gate and walk down Portobello Road to get there.
Here’s a photo from the 3rd session in November (for a video of the fantastic dancing that happened there, click here):
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Foliada Galega – poster

January 10, 2018

I’ve designed a new poster / leaflet to advertise the sessions. You may have seen a preliminary version which I have shown around, but here is now the definitive one for the new year, so please use this PDF file:

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to spread the word (the JPG below is just a screenshot in low resolution). Graciñas.

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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.

 

Flashback 3 of 4

December 30, 2017

Mazurca dos Areeiras

 

Flashback 2 of 4

December 29, 2017

A Rianxeira …

December session

December 11, 2017

The December session will take place on the last Wednesday of the month as usual, specifically:

Galician Session Oxford – new series, no. 6

Wednesday 27.12.2017, 8:30pm-11:30pm

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

Obviously, a few of us will be away at that time,  but on the other hand there is the chance that people who were too busy all year may now have time in the holidays, or people fed up with the whole xmas thing are looking for something more fun to do.

So I am sure that some kind of music making will happen. If we have instruments, we will play tunes, and if we have singers we will sing songs, and if all else fails we’ll just drink beer and have a chat. Your call. As the French expression goes, it will be an “auberge espagnole” (a Spanish hostel), where you get what you bring.

As usual, 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.

NB:  An additional special session will be happening at the James Street Tavern on Wed  20th, usual times, for those who can’t make the 27th – and for those like me who like to play Galician music every week 🙂 

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

 

 

videos of the London session

November 12, 2017

a few clips people shared on facebook:

 

 

… and finally:

this recording of the galicified version of Despacito cannot be embedded, unfortunately, so you can only watch it in facebook.

 

Maria

November 8, 2017

Finally, I got my computer back from repair, so you can hear all about Maria and her lovely legs, in one of the videos I recorded at the most recent session (October 2017). Camera was very close to the bagpipes, so they dominate the sound at first, but the singers do make their voices heard eventually …

 

Like most of my videos on YouTube, this is “unlisted”, meaning that it won’t show up in searches. Any objections to it being published here and on the facebook group, let me know.

3rd Galician session @ London

October 31, 2017
coming up on Wed in a week: Galician session at London. Hosted by gaitero David Carril Castiñeira.
Details:
Wed 8.11., from 19:00 h
La Bodega Restaurant
78 Tavistock Road
London W11 1AN
A few of us will be going there from Oxford, car sharing opportunities will be available. (I can put you in touch with drivers or passengers as necessary.) Alternatively, you can take the Oxford Tube to Notting Hill Gate and walk down Portobello Road to get there.