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Lone piper in the rain for Scottish Week in Barga

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Barga School of Scots Music, Song and Dance

Barga School of Scots Music, Song and Dance

first night jam session in Piazza Annunziata at Elisa Restaurant in Barga Vecchia

Càirdeas nam Pìobairean (Hamish Moore’s organisation, The Fellowship of Pipers) presented the 2019 School of Traditional Scots and Gaelic Song, Music and Dance in Barga. Hamish Moore  established a similar school, “Ceòlas”, in the heartland of Gaelic culture on The Hebridean island of South Uist over twenty years ago. The coined name, Ceòlas is a combination […]

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Scots and Gaelic traditional song, music and dance

Scots and Gaelic traditional song, music and dance

final concert in barga vecchia - bagpipes, violin, guitar and voices joined in Scots and Gaelic traditional song.

The annual School of Scots and Gaelic traditional song, music and dance, organised by Càirdeas nam Piobairean, Hamish Moore’s fellowship of pipers is in full swing in Barga. Final day and the final concert in Barga Vecchia. Kathleen MacInnes– Gaelic song. Kenneth MacKenzie (Cape Breton) – Fiddle (Pipes). Annie Grace – Pipes and Scots Song. […]

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Scottish wedding in Barga Vecchia

Scottish wedding in Barga Vecchia

Mairi MacFarlane and Fabio Martinelli tie the knot.

Many kilts, temperatures in the mid 30’s, bright sunshine, the sound of bottles of prosecco corks popping and launching into the blue sky, the swirling sound of bagpipes set against the background sound of the centuries old bells of the Duomo chiming out over the city …. yes, it was a normal July day in Barga […]

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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 […]