Ramón Barrull Garcia artistically known as Ramon Barrull was born on the 26th July 1964 in the Barrio de Santa Cruz, Seville. Ramon is the son of Custodia Garcia Amaya and Antonio Barrull Escudero ‘Tony El Gitano’. He is the grand nephew of Pepe Ríos Amaya and great nephew of the legendary guitarist Diego del Gastor. His legacy comes from his family; Los Negros from Ronda.
He started dancing classes when he was 8 years old, under the direction of his great uncle, the legendary dancer Pepe Ríos Amaya. He started performing in various flamenco festivals and flamenco bars a long side his great uncle. At the beginning of the 80’s Ramon performed in various flamenco festivals such as ‘El Gazpacho Andaluz’ of Morón and the ‘Flamenco Festival de Ecovol’, Seville and La Feria de Alcalá de Guadaíra.
In 1981 Ramon danced as a solo artist in ‘El Festival de Cante Grande de Ronda’ sharing the bill with Manuela Carrasco and Camarón de la Isla. Ramón also performed in local venues such as ‘La Sala San Hermenegildo’ and ‘La Trocha’ tablao in the Macarena area of Seville, ‘El Mesón de Manuel’, Córdoba, ‘La Cine Florida’, Morón de la Frontera and further up north in ‘El Carmen’ tablao in Barcelona. Later on in his professional dancing career Ramon made several trips to England during 1988 and 1991 with the Flamenco group ‘Jaleo Flamenco’ where he danced as a solo artist.
Ramon danced in several theatres around the world, including theatres in France, Germany and Mexico. In the early 90’s Ramon started working in one of the most prestigious tablaos in Seville ‘Los Gallos’ as well as the ‘Tablao Flamenco Ana Maria’ in Marbella and ‘El Mesón de Triana’ in México whilst he continued performing across Spain, until he had an leg accident in 1992, which had a considerable effect on his dancing career.
In 2001 Ramon participated a long side his son Jairo Barrull in the flamenco show ‘La Hora de Moron’, part of the ‘I Feria Mundial del Flamenco’. Later that year he danced during a month long tour in theatres across Andalucía with Manolo Soler, Juana Amaya and his son Jairo. Ramon also performed with his son Jairo in ‘El Festival de la Mistela’. The following year Ramon and his son Jairo were invited to perform in Juana Amaya’s flamenco show ‘Alma Gitana’ in ‘El Monte, Jueves Flamencos’ with the flamenco dancer Manolo Soler.
On the 7th December 2003 Ramón died of a heart condition at the age of 39. Teacher to Juana Amaya, Juan de Juan and his son Jairo Barrull, Ramon Barrull is considered to have been one of the best gypsy flamenco dancers of his time.
'…Juana and the Barrul’s accompanied by Bartolo did a footwork marathon that almost split the stage floor.'
Marta Carrasco, ABC, 18-01-2002
‘The public liked Ramón Barrull and Juana Amaya a lot and they applauded very loudly. Ramón Barrull is very light on his feet and classy.’
Miguel Acal, ABC, 03-09-1980
'And with them Ramón Barrull and Juana Amaya, a racial form, far from the conventionalisms of commercialism, of the usual dance concepts.'
Miguel Acal, ABC, 28-08-1980