Peña Flamenca

Lunares with singer and guitarist

El Palmito, a restaurant near the beach at La Almadraba de Monteleva, puts on a flamenco show every Saturday evening during the summer. We decided to go last night as they advertised Flamenco dancing as well as the usual guitar playing and singing of the Cante Jondo.

Lunares

We booked a table for 2130, which we were told was advisable, and the show started 2330. Entrance is 5 euros which includes a drink. The restaurant menu offers mainly fresh local fish simply served, but well cooked.

Flamenco guitar

A solo guitarist started the show. The moonlight reflected on the sea and the lapping of the waves on the shore contrived to make it the most romantic of settings.

Cante Jondo

The guitarist was then joined by a striking gypsy singer who sang his Cante Jondo Andalucian folk songs with passion and virility. This enlivened the audience who were all Spanish apart from us.

The two dancers

The two dancers then performed on the rather cramped little wooden platform which did duty as a stage.

Lunares in blue

After some more singing, the female dancer, Lunares, returned in a different costume of midnight blue to close the show.

The final performance

We hope these photos capture the atmosphere. With the small stage and crowded diners it was difficult to get clear shots of the dancers. I used flash for some photos and took others without.

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About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live in the little coastal village of Las Negras in the heart of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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