Paco Peña has a long history of performing in Ireland where he has always found warm appreciation for his solo concerts and for shows he has presented with his Flamenco Company over many years. The present concert is arranged in two parts, the first half consisting of guitar pieces by Paco Peña joined also by Rafael Montilla for duets and other musical repertoire. In the second part they are joined by talented artists to present flamenco in its complete ensemble of guitar, song and dance in a display of improvisation and virtuoso technique.
Although the roots of flamenco are deeply embedded in the soil and the culture of Andalucía, in Southern Spain, it nevertheless deals with emotional ingredients that are universal and timeless and therefore felt and understood by all human beings. Today flamenco excites an ever growing international audience, many of whom know little of its complex traditions or of the intense pain it expresses, yet who can identify with its ancient canon of oppression, anguish and suffering. There is here a pride of spirit, a nobility of bearing, a vitality of passion and a lust for life which is truly universal. The flamenco art form has always found, and continues to find, mysterious paths into people’s sensitivities all over the world.