World Music in Calabria . . . .

As I recount on the page, a LOOOONG drive there, then discover that the three gigs are two hours drive away and outdoors – it’s cold and on the last gig it rains and the door falls off Flavinho’s Citroen when we get back to the house….. all in all we had a fabulous time!!!

Emilio who owned who owned the agriturismo where we stayed and organised the gigs couldn’t have done more for us- never-ending supply of food and drink.  Flavinho was just as I remembered him- full of Brazilian enthusiasm! Also met  Zam Moustapha Dembele from Mali and Ismaila Mbaye from Senegal. I’d never played African rhythms before – it was wonderful! They were all lovely guys and wonderful percussionists! I hope one day we’ll play together again. Thank you my friends!

The sun of the South . . .

Expecting it to be a little warmer in Calabria, we took a slightly lighter ‘wardrobe’ than is customary in a Umbria December. Unfortunately I didn’t know that we were playing outdoors! So the debut of Mr ‘Michelin Man’ Jones.