1980 publicity shot found!

The man from M*A*S*H

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Francisco has just mailed me a scan of this photograph.  As you can see, it is a publicity photograph to promote the release of “Theme from M*A*S*H”, which he released as a single in 1980.  We presume the photograph dates from the same year.

Theme from M*A*S*H, and its B-side Shimmering Harp, can both be found on the album Shimmering Harp, available in the store.

Full Circle: the surprising tale of “Sleepyhead”

“Este es Francisco Yglesia” is mostly an album of traditional Paraguayan and Latin music, including some of Francisco’s own compositions.  “Sleepyhead”, however, is an arrangement of an anthemic 2008 single by the Massachusetts indie rock band Passion Pit: So, what on earth is it doing on a Francisco Yglesia album? I should know better, but I am still amazed when I watch Francisco hear a tune just once, any tune at all, then almost immediately reproduce it on the harp.  He makes this look very easy, but of course, he has been practising for the best part of six decades. … Continue reading

Shipping Costs Update

Just a quick clarification on shipping costs for the CDs. Shipping to the United Kingdom, or to Paraguay, is always free!!! Shipping to anywhere else in the world is £1.90 per order. So, if you don’t live in Paraguay or in the UK, then you can order as many CDs as you want for the fixed shipping charge of £1.90.  And you can save even more money by ordering both of Francisco’s CDs together at a discounted price!

Store now open for business!!!

Hello everybody Francisco’s web store is now officially open!  Click here to buy CD copies of Este es Francisco Yglesia and Shimmering Harp. But first, why not follow Francisco on Facebook.  If you do, you will see a very special offer that you can use in the online store.

New Website

As I am sure you can see, Francisco has a brand new website! We’ve only just launched, so there still could be some teething troubles. Please let me know if you have any issues, comments or suggestions. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be adding extra pages to enable you to purchase Francisco’s albums online. Finally, if you were subscribed to Francisco’s RSS feed from his previous site, you will need to subscribe again to make sure you don’t miss out on any update. That is all… thank you!

Castaway Sir David Attenborough selects “Pajaro Campana”

One of the world’s longest running radio programmes, BBC Radio Four’s Desert Island Discs, celebrated its seventieth anniversary yesterday. The featured “castaway” for this special episode was the broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough, who chose “Pajaro Campana (The Bell Bird)” as one of his eight pieces of music to accompany him on his theoretical exile. Francisco Yglesia’s 2009 recording of this piece was played in the show! Of course, Pajaro Campana is one one of the most popular Paraguayan folklore songs, and perhaps the signature tune of the Paraguayan Harp. It is inspired by the distinctive call of the Bell Bird, which … Continue reading

Album Released Today

Today is the release date for the new album, and it has already started to appear in many online digital stores, including iTunes. It is also available on Play, 7Digital and Amazon.co.uk. You can read all about the album and hear tracks from it here.

Album Release Date

We can confirm that Francisco’s new album will be released, worldwide as a digital download, on Monday 12th April 2010. It will be available in all the usual digital stores, including Amazon and iTunes. Full details here.