The veteran traditional music festival Folk Segovia celebrates its XXXVII edition from July 1 to 4 with an extensive program that includes ten concerts, two free workshops, two exhibitions and several parades. The organization of the festival, which is sponsored by the Segovia City Council, has worked for months to be able to offer the Segovian public a diverse program that brings together both veteran artists and groups as well as emerging groups with great projection in the field of root music.
The opening ceremony of the festival will take place on Thursday, July 1 in The Alhóndiga, venue of the festival, at 7:00 p.m., with free admission until full capacity is reached. There will take place a brief concert by the Palencian rabelista Miguel Abad, who will present his solo project Miguel Rabel, with a varied repertoire performed with different instruments and traditional percussions in an entertaining and surprising way. Half an hour before, at 6:30 p.m., there will be a parade starring the Dulzaina School of Segovia from the Azoguejo to the Alhóndiga itself.
Also on Thursday there will be two performances in the Garden of the Zuloaga (San Juan de los Caballeros). At 9:00 p.m., the Segovian artist Fernandez Hurtado will present A-Raigambre, a novel show that mixes live painting and traditional music, and in which the painter will be accompanied by more than a dozen musicians from the city. This will be followed by a concert by The Segovian Ronda, a formation with 45 years of experience, which will offer the public its wide repertoire of melodies and styles such as fandangos, romances, Seguidillas, masses, tunes, work songs or jotas.
On Friday, July 2, it will begin with a parade of the veteran Galician band Toe fire, whose bagpipes and percussions will resound through the old town of Segovia from 6:30 p.m. At 8:00 p.m., the Cantabrian folklorist and anthropologist Manuel Luna will perform at La Alhóndiga with his project ‘Brena the music‘, together with the musicians Chema Murillo and Luis Angel Jorrín. He will present the songs from his most recent album: “The lollipop of Havana”.
At 9:15 p.m., the School of Dulzainas de San Lorenzo, directed by Jesus Costa, will make a tour from the Azoguejo to the square of the mentioned neighborhood. There, starting at 10:00 p.m., it will be the turn of The Karamba, musical project based in Barcelona and formed by six women from different countries, whose repertoire is nourished by Latin rhythms such as son, cha cha chá, salsa and timba, and who dares with styles such as urban music. They will present their album “I walk like this.”
On Saturday, July 3, the parades will take the center of Segovia again from 12:00 hours, with the groups The Beehives (Guadalajara), Rooting (Salamanca) and Matachines of Tarazona (Albacete). At 7:00 p.m. La Alhóndiga will host the concert of Marala, a trio formed by Selma Bruna, Clara Fiol and Sandra Monfort, which offers music with traditional roots from a young and feminine perspective, with a lot of attention to polyphony. They will present their album ‘At sunrise‘.
Two concerts will be held in San Juan de los Caballeros on Saturday. At 9:00 p.m. the Galician combo will perform Xosé Lois Romero & Aliboria, which will show the Segovian public the songs from his second album: “Latex.” Then, at 10:20 p.m., it will be the turn of the veteran musician and popularizer from Valladolid Eliseo Parra, who returns to Folk Segovia with the songs from his latest studio work: Sing and Beat”.
On Sunday, July 4, as the previous day, there will be parades through the historic center of the city by Las Colmenas, Arraigo and Matachines de Tarazona. La Alhóndiga will host two free workshops: at 11:00 a.m. a workshop on pastoral songs by the hand of Manu Sequera, and at 4:30 p.m. an Iberian percussion workshop with percussionist Fran Lucas. For both workshops, registration will take place in the Alhóndiga from half an hour before the start, until full capacity is reached.
At 8:30 p.m. the Valladolid group will perform in San Juan de los Caballeros Caltrop Folk, which celebrates its 25th anniversary and presents its fourth album: “The Dream that survives “. After their concert, at 10:00 p.m., a recently created Segovian group will close the festival: bad boy, that will show the public a direct identification of the tradition more ancestral with the most immediate present.
During the four days of the festival, the public will be able to visit for free two exhibitions in the facilities of La Alhóndiga: an exhibition of traditional instruments owned by the Segovian folklorist and musicologist Pablo Zamarrón, and a photographic sample with the title “Folk en el 84”, from the photographer Paco Manzano. In the same location will be the record fair of Discos La Malinche, with a wide selection of vinyls and CDs of root music from both the groups present at the Festival and others from the bottom of its catalog.