Getting to know the fiddle through Galician rhythms and dances

Presenters: Rosa Pampillo and Susana Blanco


The first edition of San Simón Fiddle Camp took place in July, 2012 in San Simón Island (Redondela, Galicia). The course started as a summer fiddle camp where students between 8-18 could learn Galician traditional music and fiddle techniques.

In 2015 started Encordass, a summer fiddle course for adults. In both courses, students can enjoy a week in a natural environment where they can take part in musical, artistic and recreational activities developed from an ecological perspective. In these courses, learning music is understood as a collaborative and playful activity, meant to promote motivation and musical self-steem. In addition, in 2016 these courses started to take a planetary path.

Galicia Fiddle Cultural Association developed a journey outlined by transnational and mobility processes with students and outstanding musicians from the Spanish and international music scene, creating an expansive route from Galicia to Europe, America, Africa and Asia This demonstration is oriented through the fields of ethnomusicology and pedagogy. It includes demonstrations on the violin and violoncello of the rhythms and the repertoire used in Galicia Fiddle summer courses.

In order to realise this study, the researchers used the quasi- experimental case study as well as the ethnographic method of participant observation in concerts, festivals, courses and conferences around the fiddle in Galicia, Barcelona, Madrid and Scotland.


Rosa Pampillo was born and raised in Costa Rica and has been living in Spain since 2004. Violinist and ethnomusicologist. She was a founder and worked as a violin teacher and Artistic Director of the Tropical Fiddle course in Costa Rica.

In addition to her classical violin studies, she has also studied fiddle and Celtic harp. She was a member of the 2019 Cohort of the Global Leaders Program, using music as a tool to address social issues in the communities in Chile and Brasil.

She is currently a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Ethnomusicology at Aveiro University (Portugal) and also works as a violin, ensemble and music theory teacher in Galicia (Spain).

Susana Blanco grew up in an artistic environment that helped develop her sensitivity towards music and art in general. She graduated in violoncello and currently develops her performative activity in orchestral and chamber music. Her background also includes linking music and other artistic disciplines such as poetry and theater. She also has a Master’s degree in Performing Arts and a PhD in Education at the University of Vigo. Furthermore, she develops her lines of music research in motivation, musical self-concept and learning disorders. Likewise, she is currently a professor of cello and chamber music at the Higher Conservatory of Music of Vigo (Spain).

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