On Sunday, November 22, Oskorri, one of the great Basque folk bands, played its final concert at the Arriaga Theater in Bilbao. The concert marked the climax of a farewell tour this fall that has taken in Getxo, Baiona, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Donostia-San Sebastián, Pamplona-Iruñea, and Maule. and coincided with the patron saint’s day of Saint Cecilia, the patroness of musicians.


Oskorri performing at the opening of the 2011 Donostia fiestas. Photo by Darío Garrido, under CC license, at Flickr

Oskorri has enjoyed a 45-year long career, releasing 25 albums and playing over 3,000 concerts. And among its repertoire of songs, this Bilbao group includes several classic popular singalong tunes for Basques.

Check out this 1991 performance of  “Euskal Herrian euskaraz” (In the Basque Country, in Basque), written by the champion bertsolari Xabier Amuriza; and “Gora ta gora beti” (Onward and upward), written by the great poet Gabriel Aresti. See also “Furra furra,” from the group’s 35th anniversary concert, and a video montage with accompanying lyrics for the song “Aita-semeak” (The father and son).

Eskerrik asko eta agur Oskorri!