Carnival was prohibited for almost three decades of Esteban Moreno’s lifetime. During that time, however, Esteban continued to entertain his neighbors and fellow workers. Unlike the composers for carnival, no one ever prepared music to inspire Esteban’s poetry. When carnival was restored in the 1960s to Benalup and other rural towns in the province, it was evident that composers like Esteban Moreno had helped to maintain an Andalusian poetic tradition. In past times in winter during plowing and sowing, the campesinos would spend their nights in gañanías far from the town. In the evenings they would visit the oldest and wisest workers to hear an exchange of folktales and fables which provided a history of past times and often included some verses. Esteban savored performing almost as much as he did drinking and composing, and nights after work. As he recited his poems, usually on request and when only his admirers were gathered in the dim light of the kerosene lamps.