Its been a long time since I last posted, I have been doing a lot of moving around Barcelona, Joining in jam sessions all over the city and playing with friends in bars. At various jam sessions with Calle Sol and Manu Chao (who is a resident of Barcelona) I met a really nice guy who plays guitar rumba style along side Manu.
His name is Oscar ‘el Guiri’ de Barcelona. With a lot of energy and good positive vibes he bounces around Barcelona making music in the streets, tubes, trains and in concerts. A ‘guiri’ is a person from England in Spain, Oscar living all his life in Catalunya is not actually a ‘guiri’. Using language creatively he uses a lot of English phrases in his songs and just generally. I am an actual ‘guiri’ in Barcelona ‘La Guiri’ (the female version) and so we have joined forces and made our own duo Spectacular called ‘Los Guiris’.
We have performed two concerts and have been recording songs and building up our portfolio as a band. We also have a bass player that can play concerts with us and will slowly progress into a band of more people.
Here is a song we have recorded
We have set up our Youtube channel and are slowly adding tracks to it.. you can find us here Los Guiris Youtube Channel
And here is Oscars personal musical channel … Oscars Youtube Channel
We play a selections of songs and styles from Reggae to Rumba, and also some Flamenco, Gypsy and Ska. Oscar has written a lot of songs so we mainly play his songs, although we have also used some melodies and ideas I have written and turned them into new versions of the songs. One of which is Cool as Apples, here is a version I recorded in london with Giles Leonard
Ive also played this with The Spoken Herd. The Los Guiris live version is with me playing the clarinet as the lead instrument.
We also like finding interesting covers such as the family monster theme tune, or Mazel Tov a great well known Jewish ‘good luck’ song.
So thats it for now.. here are some photos and I hope you enjoy seeing what we have coming up.
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