Welcome, folks, to my Delcamp blog, detailing my preparation for and progress in recording an album of Catalan pieces on my c.1870/80 Spanish guitar ostensibly by Antonio Carols Garcia. This blog thread should last a few months, and I'll update it when I have something worth sharing.
When I was in my 20's, I came home one day to my small cottage on a farm in Scotland, only to find that the place had been flooding water all weekend while I was away. Everything was ruined, and my guitar came floating towards me as I stood there aghast. At the same time, the postman arrived with my social-security cheque - this was when everyone I knew was unemployed. The upside is that I could play guitar ten hours a day!
I grabbed my guitar, cashed the cheque at the post office, and hitch-hiked to Spain!
My first port of call was to a friend who lived outside of Barcelona, somewhere in the hills, but I soon found out he was involved in a drug gang, so I left. I went to Barcelona, sat down outside the old cathedral, and started to play. People started giving me money. My repertoire was the Catalan arrangements of Llobet, and lots of Tárrega. I hasten to add I was self-taught at this point. I slept rough some nights, but if it had been a good day financially-speaking, I could pay for a room in a rundown pension.
After a while I made some local friends, and one of them wrote me a sign in Catalan, saying I was from Scotland, loved Catalan music, and was hungry - all of which was true. I started getting a lot more money, and there were fewer nights spent sleeping outside. Old women would sit and talk to me, even though I couldn't speak a word of their language, but their kindness made a lasting impression on me.
For many years I wanted to record an album of Catalan music, but never felt it was the right time. This year I will turn 60 years old, so I was thinking I had better get on with it! Then this new old guitar came into my life, which I introduced to you in this thread: viewtopic.php?f=11&t=125962
which many of you will have read. Perfect timing. Although it was not made in Cataluña, it was made "next door" in Valencia, which is good enough for me.
So, in creating this blog, I hope to keep on track over the coming months, and hope to have the album available for download by the end of summer, if not sooner. I will write about the repertoire and my experiences of playing it, and hope you enjoy reading my posts. Comments throughout will be welcome.
The album will be called "Homage To Cataluña".