G. E. 45 1965 Manolo de Huelva (1892-1976) CD $17.00
Manolo de Huelva is the artistic name for Manuel Gomez Vélez. He was born in Riotinto-Huelva province in 1892 and died in Seville in 1976. He was also known as Niño de Huelva. He began to play the guitar as a young boy in Huelva and later relocated to Seville. In 1910, at the age of 18 years old, the magazine "Nuevo Mundo" published a photo and this review: "Manuel Gomez Vélez, the concert guitarist whose prodigious execution is being the object of warm praises by the public and the press of Seville, where he has given some notable concerts". At this time he was favored by the Flamenco singers: Manuel Torre, Antonio Chacon, whom distinguished him publicly, and by Tomas Pavon and La Niña de los Peines, with whom he performed in private and public performances.
In 1922 Manolo de Huelva was the Official Guitarist for the celebrated Concurso de Cante Jondo in Granada (Flamenco singing competition). He also performed in a celebrated festival in the plaza de toros (Bullfight Ring) in Huelva in 1922 where he accompanied Manuel Torre, Antonio Chacon, Manolo Caracol and La Gloria. The ovation by the public was so intense he was requiered to play some solos. He returned to Huelva the following year to accompany Manuel Torre, Niño Medina and Pepe Marchena.
During the 1930's he toured all of Spain, principally with Manuel Vallejo in 1934-35. In the 1940's he stayed in Seville, frequenting the private reunions in the Alameda de Hercules, accompanying El Sevillano and Pepe El Culata among others. In the 1950's through the 1960's he lived in Madrid, playing in Figon de Santiago, the tablao Zambra, and accompanying Enrique Morente in the Casa de Malaga during a lecture by Jose Blas Vega in 1964. At the end of the 60's he returned to Seville, where he remained until his death.
In "The Guitar Review" in 1977, Andrés Segovia said of Manolo de Huelva:
"The last time I heard him was with a few friends when there was an opening of a hotel in Alcala de Guadaira, near Seville and Manolo de Huelva was accompanying Manolo de Jerez...who sang the Siguiriyas better than anyone, except for La Niña de los Peines....Manolo de Huelva played in a very simple mode, very Flamenco, as it must be....his style was simple, emotional and expressive. He was a distinguished follower of Paco de Lucena. Yes, he was the best when he was young".
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