November 6, 2012
I stopped to hear a lone classical guitarist at the Passport Bar. People were drinking, he was playing in a corner and another man was listening to him in a brocaded high backed chair. I clapped at the end of one of his sets. At the end of the next piece he nodded in my direction and I said, “Too short.”
“I will play you a longer one,” he replied, “’Historia’ originally written for the piano by Isaac Albanius but now played on the guitar. And the pieces and the programme began to spill out: a Brazilian Chioris, the French ‘The Source of the Lisaunt’. A lovely day, sitting quietly, no work to do, and a classical guitarist playing in the corner of a quiet bar.