The beginning of El Mundo Flamenco, some 30 years ago was nothing more than pure luck and I think luck must be the right word considering how fortunate it is for anybody to make a living out of something so special and beautiful. In Spain, there is a popular saying to describe a happy person. "Mas contento que unas castanuelas" which translates: Happier than a pair of castanets. In this case and in view of the connection, I must be sharing the same feeling with the castanets!!
In the early 1970s along with my playing and teaching career I started a guitar store on the Fulham road called "The Spanish Shop". This activity demanded my frequent travels to Madrid to visit my guitar suppliers and this was not an opportunity to be missed by the flamenco community of London. So gradually I became the ideal courier for all the flamenco needs. All this was done as a friendly favour as I did not receive any gain apart from their gratitude. However I have to admit that I acquired valuable knowledge about the flamenco traders in Madrid, who then happened to be the best in Spain; artisans like Gallardo and the unique castanet maker Galliano, with whom I became very friendly.
It all ended very abruptly, when a well known guitarist called Perete asked me to bring back some shoes for his wife. Unfortunately there was a confusion and I ended up with two shoes of different sizes, so this mistake was left for me to sort out, bringing about the end of my courier job and the birth of El Mundo Flamenco.