The Christmas festivities in Spain last from Christmas eve until the day of the 3 kings on 6th January. Now the season is over, the businesses go back to normal. Later this year I have a musical project about Granada and it seemed a good time to get some publicity photos done. My idea was to have a photo shoot in the Alhambra palace, however there were two major set backs. Firstly the Alhambra has thousands of tourists daily which makes a photo shoot very difficult. Secondly I could not get permission to do publicity photos inside the palace. The solution was to do a photo shoot in a “fake” Alhambra…..but how? It is little known to the general public that the Alcazaba in Malaga is in part a miniature replica of the Nazrid palace at the Alhambra. Sure, its not as big, not as elegant, not so well decorated, but it has fountains, gardens, patios, Mosaic floors, Moorish tiles, Arabic archways and columns and areas that are difficult to tell apart from the Alhambra Palace. Secondly, there are hardly any visitors and it only costs 2 Euros to visit. Armed with a guitar and photographer, I got some good shots in this beautiful location.
A lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon is strolling around the new marina in Malaga. Over the years I have seen so many changes to the city that its hard to recognize. 12 years ago when I first came to Spain, Malaga was a run down city that had seen better days. Today Malaga has a pedestrianized downtown, smart shopping centres, excellent restaurants, some great night life and a brand new marina. Its fast become a desirable location for destination weddings. What was once derelict dockland is now the place to hang out and be seen. Take a boat trip round the harbour, enjoy international cuisine and check out who’s checking you out!!
It is always nice to be asked to be a radio guest and so I was pleased to be invited to the studios of Talk Radio Europe in San Pedro this afternoon to talk about flamenco and Spanish guitar. It was great fun to do the show presented by Bill Padley. During the hour we chatted about my experience as an Englishman learning Flamenco in Spain, a bit about guitar playing and the history of flamenco and I also played some short pieces for the listeners. We finished the show with a competition where I gave away a copy of my wedding CD “Ceremonial” and a signed concert poster for the funniest Limerick starting with “There once was a man called Bill Padley…”
Its been a month now since my last wedding of the year 2012 but that doesn’t mean work is over. Now the winter is coming it’s a great opportunity to revise material, update the website, make new classical transcriptions, write down some tabs and memorize pieces that I didnt have time to in the summer. With weddings coming up for 2013 its also the time to work out song requests from brides, to decide which pieces are possible to play as guitar solos and which will not work. The secret of a smooth running wedding day is preparation. Its vital to have all my music prepared for the coming year. The more that pieces are rehearsed, the more effortless it seems on the day and the illusion is that it hardly appears like work at all by the time its the big day.
Hi everyone and welcome to my Blog. Follow the adventures of an English flamenco guitarist in Spain during the next year as I prepare for a marathon series of concerts and weddings.
See behind the scenes preparing for wedding ceremonies in exotic locations. If you are a couple looking to get married there are lots of ideas for music, venues, what things work and what can go wrong. For other guitarists and musicians I hope to share my experiences and scores to help you with every aspect of professional wedding performance.