When I used to think of Spain, images of heavy tourist destinations like Alicante sprung to mind which was not really my cup of tea. Now I have realised that there is much much more to living here than I could have ever imagined…

Our great friend and sax player Simon Taylor had invited Simon Campbell , my new husband (I’m still getting used to that word as I have never been married before), to sit in on a gig he was playing in Benicassim. So we grabbed a spot of lunch in the colourful Puerto de Sagunta.

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We are always either writing, playing, listening or talking about music and today was no exception. The menu is like another kind of music and we still need a little help translating but that is also due to differences in locally produced cuisine.

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The weather was hot and the setting quite beautiful.

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I’ve started to take more photographs again which really inspires me.

Dos Simons!

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After lunch we took a leisurely stroll back to do a little rehearsing and a poco siesta!

I have a fascination with signs… and a little bit of a crush on ice-cream (helados).

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 We were taking minimal stuff to the gig. Men of rock carry their gear – José chose a local supermarket trolley! 

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The gig was at Terraza Travesura in Benicassim but we had no idea beforehand what the venue was going to be like. Nice!

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Quick soundcheck but we weren’t using a PA – they didn’t need it.

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Got to say wherever we have played the Spanish hospitality is fantastic. We were given some delicious croquettas and hand-made burgers, all washed down with a little cerveza and then the gig kicked off at 11pm.

Pictured here is ace bass player Diego Barberà Ucher and Tico Porcar on drums. Diego plays a mean bass with Simon and I when we gig our own original material – I jump onto the keys and mandolin when we have the full band line-up (not literally).

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The guys played a kind of Boogaloo / Meters style set and went down really well. They wrapped at 1am and we rolled in around 3:30am! Late night!!

Simon and I had a load of work to do on the promo for our new album ‘The Knife’ but it was great to take a break and hang out with really good people!

The venue also has a club and thought I’d finish with a photo of their cool bar…

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…and this poster that took me a little by surprise!

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