Paddy Anderson (1975 – ) is a native of Co Down and was brought up near Killinchy. In 2001 after 5 years in Scotland, one in France and another in Ecuador he decided to go and live in Spain. After working for a year in a travelling theatre troupe based in Barcelona he decided to settle in the beautiful city of Granada in the south-east of the peninsula. There he studied flamenco and the flamenco guitar for four years while teaching English. He returned to Belfast in 2007 and started the process of reintegration into his indigenous culture. It felt like home and he remains here as Belfast’s most active ambassador for the flamenco guitar.
Here’s a recent radio interview where Paddy talks about his discovery of flamenco https://soundcloud.com/homely-planet/encuentro-entre-culturas-paddy.
Musically, Paddy’s background is varied - classical piano studies; Edinburgh festival busker; blues pianist; Georges Brassens aficionado; stints as a session player in rock and reggae bands. For the past 8 years Paddy has focused exclusively on flamenco guitar. In recent years he has developed ongoing projects and collaborations: the continuing collaboration with Flamenco Belfast and the flamenco troupe Alegría (with Andrea da Silva, John Flanigan, Myriam Alonso and Emma Van Loock); Los Dramáticos – a latin/flamenco fusion duo with the charango player Victor Henríquez and his solo work. An important part of his continuing guitar studies are regular trips back to Granada and Córdoba to learn from the great musicians and performers in this great tradition.