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Live music and photoshoot for CD in Barga

Live music and photoshoot for CD in Barga

Linsey Aitken and Ken Campbell playing in Barga

In August of last year they were making some great sounds in Aristo’s  (article here), this  week the couple from Scotland, Linsey Aitken and Ken Campbell were once again back in the city and once again their particular sound was heard in Barga Vecchia as they gave a series of impromptu “mini- concerts” in five different […]

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Music from the 70’s and 80’s in Barga Giardino

Music from the 70’s and 80’s in Barga Giardino

Big changes taking place in Barga Giardino this evening. Normally for the festa of Santa Maria on the 15th of  August and san Rocco on the 16th –  the music has always been rigorously Liscio  with the older generation leading the way with the dancing in the piazza. In fact yesterday for Santa Maria there […]

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Scottish wedding in Barga

Scottish wedding in Barga

As you can see from the images, it was a pristine July day in Tuscany with not a cloud in the sky and temperatures up in the high 30s. The Duomo in Barga Vecchia was the setting for a couple from Scotland who decided that Barga was the perfect place for their perfect wedding. Just […]

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Caledonian Piping Club

The Caledonian Pipe Band from Saltcoats, North Ayrshire, Scotland were back in Barga today for a reception in their honour at the Palazzo Pancrazi. The mayor of Barga, Marco Bonini presented then with a commemoration plaque and flags for their visit to the city. They in their turn presented at the city with gifts from […]

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Gala Concert – Scottish Music Song and Dance

Gala Concert – Scottish Music Song and Dance

There are more than 50 students and tutors in the city this week for the first ever Barga School of Scottish Music Song and Dance. The school, held from 20-27 June in the Tuscan hill town these days regarded as the most Scottish town in Italy, due to the large volume of emigration from the […]

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Barga School of Scottish Music Song and Dance

Barga School of Scottish Music Song and Dance

There are more than 50 students and tutors in the city this week for the first ever Barga School of Scottish Music Song and Dance. The school, held from 20-27 June in the Tuscan hill town these days regarded as the most Scottish town in Italy, due to the large volume of emigration from the […]

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Jim Gilchrist article in the Scotsman

We don’t know whether they much appreciated it, but during the mid-18th century, the good people of Haddington were roused at five o’clock every summer morning by the town piper and drummer doing their rounds. It was a familiar enough dawn ritual in many a Scottish Lowland town. In Haddington’s case, the town piper until […]

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Primavera 2010 – Hamish Moore

Primavera 2010 – Hamish Moore

I remember well one of the last things Keane said to me before I made my premature departure from Barga in early October 2008. He said, “well that’s this chapter over but I am sure there is a reason for this and I am also sure the story won’t finish here” Keane was of course […]

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“Il Saluto di Giovanni Moscardini” premiere in Barga

“Il Saluto di Giovanni Moscardini” premiere in Barga

Back in August 2008 we published an article about Blair Douglas, one of Scotland’s foremost musicians who had just penned a composition in honour of the Scots-Italian footballer, Giovanni or Johnny Moscardini, who though born in Falkirk in 1897, took to the field a total of nine times for ‘Azzurri’ between 1921 and 1925. The […]

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The Barga School of Piping

The Barga School of Piping

Barga School of Piping, Traditional Music and Dance – Hamish Moore is delighted to announce an exciting new Summer School to be held in Barga in Tuscany  from the 20th – 27th June 2010. Barga is where he spent last 2008 as musician in residence (all of Hamish’s articles written that year can be found […]

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Cantara – Scottish "Celtic" band play Fornaci

As part of the 1st May Festival in Fornaci di Barga, one of the events was a Scottish Market with Mike Lemetti and also live music from the band Cantara. Cantara are a Scottish “Celtic” band who play a fusion of Scottish and Irish traditional music, with strong Latin, jazz and reggae influences.. The band […]

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Burns night at Da Riccardo

Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796)  So 250 years after his birth 60 guests sat down this evening for the 2nd Annual Burns Supper organised at Da Riccardo on the Fosso. To add to the occasion, the guest of honour – the haggis, was “captured” and flown in specially this morning on […]