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Paco Peña review an intimate and fiery flamenco tribute to Lorca

Playhouse, Edinburgh
Spanish guitar virtuoso Peña leads a band of musicians and dancers in a dazzling show honouring the murdered writer

Clap hands for Paco Peña's flamenco dancers in pictures

Federico García Lorca, beloved poet, musician, dramatist and inspiration to a galaxy of artists Ginsberg, Shostakovich, the Pogues, Leonard Cohen and Carlos Saura among them is honoured in this latest piece by the London/Córdoba-based Spanish guitar virtuoso Paco Peña and his close band of nine musicians and dancers.

The main man is sitting easy, guitar held high, in the short taster recital that opens the evening: silvery solos with flamenco flashing by the master's side. Though performed with grace by all three, it has an unexpected warmup feel a personal tribute to Lorca, perhaps, but disconnected from the main work, Patrias (Homelands), to come.

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