Juan Francisco José Rubia Alejos

Pseudonym: Xoán Rubia
Category: Musician
Birth Date: 27th october 1947
Birth Place: Mugardos

He began to study solfa and piano with Acacia Valera and shortly after he began to study singing at A Coruña Music Conservatory with María Luísa Nache.

He made his first record in Barcelona with Edigsa in January 1969; this record belongs to the so-called movement "Nova Canción Galega". He made three records with Edigsa and the agreement lasted until 1972. It was then that he signed a contract with "Philips" until 1975. With this company he made four records in the EP format and a LP titled "Cantares da miña terra", which was a compilation of popular songs. In this record, the theme titled "Catro Vellos Mariñeiros" was successful and became a number one in the charts.

In 1977, he committed himself with "Novola-Zafiro" and made two LPs he titled "Lembranzas", dedicated to his father, and "Panxoliñas", which he recorded with his friend María Manuela. "Lembranzas" was made under the musical direction of Eduardo Leiva and José J. Almela and "Panxoliñas" under the musical direction of Xabier Iturralde.

Commissioned by Ruada, in 1980 he tackled the ambitious project of recording an anthology of universal Christmas songs under the direction of Xavier Iturralde who has an orchestra of forty teachers. The record, titled “Nadal”, was reissued later by Edigal. In 1996 he made a work for the phonographic department of “Edicións do Cumio”, titled “Na procura da intimidade”, where he collects texts by contemporary Galician poets.

His song “Fala pobo” (1978) would be used in 2005 as part of the sound track of the series of shorts “Hai que botalos” that were made to oppose the government of Manuel Fraga and urge the political change.

He was the first singer of “Nova Canción Galega” on TVE in programmes presented by Raúl Matas and José María Íñigo and the first one who set the Galician poems by Federico García Lorca into music.

He was awarded several prizes like "Canción Testemuño" (TVE) and best Galician singer elected among the listeners of Radio Popular.

He was awarded the “Vieira de Prata” in Mexico for his collaboration with the Galician culture.

He carried out a series of concerts all around Galicia and presented a multimedia performance combining music, image and poetry under the title of "Música para os poetas" in collaboration with Fran Rey (pianist), Luís Cuba (bassist) and Manuel Pérez (percussionist). The concert shows an anthology of the Galician poetry going through Rosalía de Castro, Manuel María, Curros, Pondal, Xosé Rubia Barcia, Álvaro Cunqueiro, Manuel Lueiro, Lorca, Anne Marie Morris and Vázquez Díaz.

He has collaborated in a lot of cultural acts like the presentation of books and homages to intellectuals like Manuel Lueiro Rey.

He was also invited to take part in the conference organized by the University about allophonic poets, directed by Professor Xesús Alonso Montero, and offered a concert at Rosalía Museum in Padrón before all the invited people like Anne Marie Morris, whom he dedicated the theme "Meu Amor", written by her.

He also collaborated with the University of A Coruña in the conference dedicated to his uncle Xosé Rubia Barcia in November 2003 and performed themes based on texts of this distinguished Professor.

Musicians like Ros Marbá, Salvador Gratacós, Manuel Gas, Edy Guerín, Rafael Ferro, Eduardo Leiva, Xabier Iturralde and Pedro Iturralde participated in his records.

He collaborated in radio stations directing programmes related to music and culture. In Radio Coruña he made a weekly programme about jazz music. In Radio Nacional, Radio Cuatro he presented a magazine every Sunday morning, interviewing people related to Galician culture.

He wrote articles in several magazines like "FerrolAnalisis" and has often collaborated in "Diario de Ferrol".

In his eleven EP records, four LPs and two CDs there are popular texts and others by Curros, Rosalía, Pondal, Anne Marie Morris, García Lorca, Celso Emilio Ferreiro, Manuel María, Rubia Barcia and Lueiro Rey.

Some of his songs appear in reminders with Xil Ríos, Novas Amistades, María Manuela and the members of “Voces Ceibes”.

 Work & Activities



- Edigsa/Xistral XIS 7 (EP, Edigsa, 1968), including Cantiga de berce á morte de Federico García Lorca, Meu amor, A emigración and O can ten frío.

- Edigsa-Xistral XIS 11 (EP, Edigsa, 1969), including Cancioeiro, Noiturnio do adoescente morto, Berro and Cantiga do neno da tenda.

- Cantares da miña terra (LP, Philips, 1973).

- Lembranzas (LP, Novola-Abrente-Zafiro, 1977).

- Nadal (LP, 1980).



- Philips 60 29 119 (Single, Philips, 1972), including Catro vellos mariñeiros and Vexo Vigo.

- Philips 6029 145 (Single, Philips, 1972), including Lémbraste and Madrigal á cibdá de Santiago.

- Philips 60 29 176 (Single, Philips, 1973), including Mira Maruxa and Alborada.

- Philips 6029 207 (Single, Philips, 1973), including Lévame, lévame, lévame and María Soliña.

- Philips 6029 232 (Single, Philips, 1974), including Non lle temas, mariñeiro and Cando vexas que me vou.

- Philips 60 29 337 (Single, Philips, 1975), including Neno progre and O señorito.

- Philips 60 29 293 (Single, Philips, 1975), including O poder do diñeiro and Cousas e xentes.

- Novola-Abrente-Zafiro NOX-301 (Single, Novola-Abrente-Zafiro, 1978) including Fala pobo and Cousas e xentes.


Collaborations and collective works

- ‘Villancicos en las voces María Manuela y Xoán Rubia’ (1977), with María Manuela.

- ‘Galicia nai’ (1992), with Xil Ríos.

- ‘Na percura da intimidade’ (1996), with Sphaira.



- ‘Galicia canta’ (LP colectivo, Pobovox, Caracas, Venezuela, 1970).

- ‘7 anos de canción galega’ (LP colectivo, Ruada, A Coruña, 1979).

- ‘Benvido Noventa’ (LP colectivo, CRTVG, 1989), with the theme Toca o pandeiro, Manoel.

- ‘A Gran Escolma da Música Galega’ (6 collective CDs, Fonomusic, Madrid, 1993).