THE Multicultural Night of Music held in Canillas de Albaida on October 9 as part of Canillas Culture Week was a tremendous success.
The Plaza was packed with people enjoying the very varied styles of music performed. The evening was hosted by Inez Leniere and Roger Sparks and began with the traditional tuneful songs and percussion of El Grupo de Zambombas de Canillas de Albaida.
Acoustic Roots with Geoff Murrell on vocals and Paul Hanaway on keyboards followed with a relatively chilled set to get the ball rolling.
The very exciting percussion group, African Roots had the crowd spellbound with their enthusiasm and energy, and local vocal group, One Voice, directed by Tom Robinson worked their way through various songs in four-part harmony in their own inimitable style.
Belgian Flamenco guitar player, Pedro Sauviller demonstrated ably that you don’t have to be Spanish to play wonderful Flamenco and young local Spanish group, Al Compás, consisting of Isabel, Marta and Rafa played and sang to a rapt audience.
One of the highlights of the night had to be the Irish dancing performed by Grainnie McCoy followed by the ceilidh dance, The Bridge of Athlone, in which around 24 people took part, including the Mayor.
The night was rounded off with virtually everyone in the Plaza dancing to a lively last set by Acoustic Roots, Geoff Murrell and Paul Hanaway.
For the Grand Finale all the performers took to the stage and gave their excellent rendition of the Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”. You can view this on YouTube and other videos of the night by searching for “Multicultural Night of Music, Canillas de Albaida”.