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Basque artits Alaitz eta Maider

Alaitz eta Maider will be in London to perform in the party of Korrika eguna! The ladies from Oiartzun will join us in Oxford House and play an acoustic set of their own songs and many more traditional and party Basque songs, with the "Trikitixa" and the "Pandero". This is a great opportuinity to see these two talented musician/singers. This year's Korrika celebration promises to be massive and we just can't wait! Contact us for more information.

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About Alaitz eta Maider

The trikitixa pair Alaitz Telletxea (diatonic accordion) eta Maider Zabalaga (tambourine) from Oiartzun, Gipuzkoa, started to play, take part in contests and perform in town festivals in 1989. They added influences of foreign trends to the traditional fandango, arin arin eta porrusalda tunes. In 1997, they released their first album to a great success, selling 25.000 copies. They delivered their last performance and broke up in 2004.

Alaitz Telletxea (eskusoinua) eta Maider Zabalaga (panderoa) trikitixa bikote oiartzuarra 1989an hasi zen trikitixa jotzen, hainbat txapelketetan parte hartzen eta herrietan jotzen. Tradizioko fandango, arin arin eta porrusalda bezalako doinuei, kanpoko beste joera batzuen ukitua eman zieten. 1997an, haien lehendabiziko albuma plazaratu zuten arrakasta handiz, eta 25.000 ale saldu. Azken emanaldia 2004an eman zuten eta, era horretan, taldea desegin egin zen.


Extract from the Society's archives on this event:

Alaitz eta Maider acoustic performance for Korrika 11 celebration day in London in 1999

"...Alaitz and Maider landed in London for the Korrika eguna celebration on Friday, just the day before the big day. That Friday evening, a group of friends of the Society had arranged to meet up with them and a few of their friends coming from the Basque Country in Highbury Corner. After meeting up and going through all the introductions, we decided to walk up the Holloway Road in search of a Pub. Not long after, we came across this Pub on the left hand side and decided to walk in. Once we went in there, what a surprise! It turned out to be an Irish Pub, and after ordering a few pints (Guinness, of course...) and introducing our large group of people as "Basques", the Irish folks started cheering and shouting, welcoming what they called "their Basque" brothers...That seemed to be the cue we needed to start with the party!. Alaitz pulled out the trikitixa from the case, and started playing a tune. Maider joined her with the pandero and both started singing. They sang a few songs and the Irish were absolutely gobsmacked! And so were we! How talented these girls are!. Anyway, that seemed to be a sign for what was to come the day after at the Korrika eguna celebration in Oxford House. An amazing number of people turned up all throughout the day's events and Alaitz and Maider kept the party going all day with their music. All in all, it was a great Korrika celebration, and a real privilege for us to be able to have these "elite" performers from the Basque Country."