The veteran traditional music festival Folk Segovia (XXXVII Encuentros Agapito Marazuela) celebrates a new edition of the July 1 to 4with extensive programming that includes ten concerts,two free workshops, two exhibitions and several parades. The festival organization, 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 at La 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 MiguelRabel, 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 Jardin de los Zuloaga (San Juan de los Caballeros). At 9:00 p.m., the Segovian artist Fernandez Hurtadowill 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 Round, 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.
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 will perform at La Alhóndiga Manuel Lunawith his project ‘Brena la Música’, together with the musicians Chema Murillo and Luis Ángel Jorrín. He will present the songs from his most recent album: “El pirulí de La Habana”.
At 9:15 p.m., the School of Dulzainas de San Lorenzo, directed by Jesús 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 that dares with styles such as urban music. They will present their album “Camino Así”.
The 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 ofMarala, 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 ‘A trenc d’alba’.
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: “Latexo”. Then, at 10:20 p.m., it will be the turn of the veteran musician and popularizer from Valladolid Eliseo Parra, which returns to Folk Segoviawith the songs from his latest studio work: “Cantar y Batir”.
The Sunday, July 4As 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. Shepherd songs workshop hand in hand with Manu Sequera, and at 4:30 p.m. a Iberian percussion workshopwith 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: “El Sueño que survive”. After their concert, at 10:00 p.m., a recently created Segovian group will close the festival: bad boy, which will show the public a direct identification of the most ancient tradition 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 exhibition with the title “Folk en el 84”, by the photographer Paco Manzano. In the same location will be the record fair by 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.
The schedule can be consulted at www.folksegovia.es and on Folk Segovia’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram profiles.
The ticketsfor shows may be purchased from Monday June 14at the Visitor Reception Center, by calling 921 466 721 or through www.reservasdesegovia.com.
The schedules, capacity and locations of the performances may be subject to change depending on the health situation. In the case of parades, the organization will look for an alternative in case circumstances do not allow them to be carried out normally, so that the groups can act in compliance with the security measures.