Ignacio (A.K.A. Nacho or Cheto) Real Garcia is a name that flies off everyone’s tongue when speaking about Ajijic and Chapala’s greatest guitarist. But he is also famous for playing harp and violin. As well, he sings in a way that stirs the heart. This is a passionate performer. Nacho, who is self-taught, has an eclectic repertoire but his primary focus is Ibero-Americano music, Cuban included. Nothing holds him back. He plays at just about every restaurant, club and street corner in towns that pop up along the highway from Jototopec to
As a classical pianist and banjo player with 3 CDs out, I have composed, arranged, played and sung in various venues in
I had the honour as well to step into Nacho’s house and spend two hours with Victor as he played his recordings for me. I was flabbergasted at this family’s musical talent.
The house has become a kind of repository for all the instruments they own, and they are the first to spend money on acquiring instruments than acquiring purchasing a dish washer or other time savers.
Meeting Nacho and Victor will long be a highlight during my trip to Ajijic. I plan to go back and play with them again – if they’ll have me.