Tales of the Lecrin Valley

A personal view of life in an andalusian village.

Thank you and goodnight

Thank you and goodnight

I´m gonna wash that man right out of my life
I´m gonna wash that man right out of my hair

Last weekend saw a great evening´s entertainment in Restabal as it was fiesta time.  Apart from all the usual sideshows, bouncy castle and slides, the alcalde had laid on a flamenco concert with some of the best singers and dancers that Granada has to offer.  Carmen´s mother and father are friends of the parents of one of the performers so we had a table at the front with the families of artists, all of whom were keen to pass on their knowledge of flamenco, one showing my nephew the three correct ways of clapping to accompany flamenco singers.  He thanked them for their help by putting on a little comedy show of his own, namely sinking gracefully, or not too gracefully to the ground as his plastic chair collapsed under him.  The alcalde has asked him to come back next year and do it all again and is scheduling it into all fiestas in future. Our neighbours Lynne and Elaine, who run Woven Wonders Reversible Rugs were there, and Lynne took a lot of photos, some of which I have copied into this blog.  Many thanks Lynne.

This is where the duende kicks in

This is where the duende kicks in

And now one from the heart

And now one from the heart

One of the singers is the daughter of a famous flamenco dancer who has her cave in the Sacromonte, Maria La Canastera  which is our preferred venue when we take visitors to see zambras there.  She was accompanied by one of the guitarists who also performs there and who is a dead ringer for Howard Jacobson.  Maybe it is him masquerading as a gypsy, it wouldn´t surprise me, although I doubt he could play like this fellow.