Live music and theatre in the Serranía de Ronda

Live music and theatre in the Serranía de Ronda

This time of year has traditionally been a period when there is an abundance of concerts, live theatre and music gigs. Covid-19 put paid to all that in 2020, but this year live events have re-emerged.

Paul Whitelock and his wife Rita have just enjoyed a week or so of live music and theatre in the Serranía de Ronda. Paul explains.

In the last 10 days we have experienced the following:

Tuesday, 1 June 2021 – Marcus Myers – Private party at Cortijo Perla Blanca

Marcus, from Cortes de la Frontera, provided the musical background to the launch party of this delightful boutique hotel, La Perla Blanca, in the grounds of the bodega Badman Wines. Hosted by Julian and Jody Marshall.

Friday, 4 June 2021 – CABARET! Live at Teatro Espinel, Ronda

A lively and entertaining version of the Hollywood musical set in Berlin in the years leading up to the Second World War. The theatre was fully booked for the two nights it was on. Presented by the theatre group Entre Bambolinas.

Saturday, 5 June 2021 – Marcus again!

This time at Restaurante La Cascada at Hotel Molino del Puente in Fuente de la Higuera, Ronda. On this occasion Markus came up with a different, more subdued set, more appropriate to a fine dining experience.

Marcus Myers

Wednesday, 9 June 2021 – Ronda International Guitar Festival, El Convento, Ronda

There were two concerts on this evening. First a presentation of baroque music played by Fernando Espi followed immediately by the Yardem Trio (Francisca López voz, Paco Seco guitarra y percusión y David Ruiz percusiones) performing Sephardic (Jewish) music. This was an absolute treat.

Followed by a delicious meal at Restaurante Las Maravillas, this was a really lovely evening.

Friday, 11 June 2021 – Ronda International Guitar Festival, El Convento, Ronda

Back to El Convento for two more concerts. First up was Simone Omnis from Italy, playing guitarra clásica. Beautiful!

Then there was a change of pace and style with a presentation of guitarra flamenca by Manuel De La Luz on guitar. He was joined at the end by the singer Olivia Molina, whose voice made a powerful contrast to the guitar.

It was Rita’s birthday today. I think she quite enjoyed it!

Saturday 12, June 2021 – GREASE! Live at Teatro Espinel, Ronda

The theatre group Entre Bambolinas again. After CABARET last week Entre Bambalinas has once again revolutionised the cultural panorama in Ronda. It has shown that in Ronda there is amateur theatre of the highest quality which will delight the people of Ronda for many years to come.

What a great show!

Sunday 13 June 2021 – Bar Allioli, Jimera de Líbar

Another of Paul Darwent’s famous live Sunday afternoon gigs. The group was Iris Oboe Duo from Málaga City. The clue is in the name. Iris, daughter, oboist and singer together with father Tomás, guitarist.

As Paul would say and did, they are la puta madre. The best live act I’ve seen at Bar Allioli in ages, and all the others have been great too!

The combination of the oboe with Iris’s huge vocal range and the guitar backing of dad meant that they were able to play amazing covers of classics by Police, Queen, Amy Winehouse, the Beatles and many more, in a style heading towards blues.

What a great afternoon of live music, superb beers (try Hobson’s from England, on draught and in bottle) and wholesome food.

So, a relentless period of live music comes to an end. What a thrill! We’re so lucky down here that, despite Covid-19, we can go to live theatre and live music gigs.


If you fancy events like this and aren’t hearing about them, I suggest you join the Facebook group Expats in the Serrania, and/or get on the mailing list of the Ayuntamiento de Ronda. For the latter go to the Casa de Cultura and ask them to put you on their mailing list. You’ll get regular emails about upcoming events.

Paul Whitelock

About Paul Whitelock

Paul Whitelock is a retired former languages teacher, school inspector and translator, who emigrated to the Serranía de Ronda in 2008, where he lives with his second wife, Rita. He spends his time between Montejaque and Ronda doing DIY, gardening and writing.