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Barga featured in New Zealand press

Barga featured in New Zealand press

A family holiday in Italy and France avoids the big towns and bright lights and finds the pleasures of rural living and small communities. - article by Kim Chambers

A double page spread in the New Zealand Herald – the largest newspaper circulation of all newspapers in New Zealand, has just been delivered to an extremely pleased Giovanni Togneri from Da Aristo in Piazza Salvo Salvi in Barga Vecchia. The article entitled “It’s the small things that matter” describes the pleasures of visiting small […]

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Barga’s Italian bar in Australia making waves

Barga’s Italian bar in Australia making waves

The Franchi Brothers, Filippo & Simone from Barga having been blazing a trail in Australia with their particular blend of making food and making music, mixing tech-house and a deep rolling fiesta affair, rumba time and now they have moved on to a full time permanent home for their talents - The Italian Bar in Oxford Street, Paddington, Sydney.

The Franchi Brothers, Filippo & Simone, left their beautiful hilltop Tuscan hometown of Barga with all its traditions of art and jazz, and moved to London following their instincts as DJs and musicians to discover the world through its multifaceted soundscape. During their ten year stint there, Dj-ing, playing sessions in the capital’s many venues […]

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Guitar, mandolin and drum

Guitar, mandolin and drum

there were only 5 other people in the bar when this track was recorded but it has already been download more than 5000 times

It would be something of an understatement to say that the weather recently has not been that kind but on a miserable, wet rainy, chilly and above all dark, January afternoon what could be better than some music to brighten your day? The brief recording is only two and a half minutes long and there […]

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Musicians in Aristo’s already practicing the Befana song

Musicians in Aristo’s already practicing the Befana song

3 separate versions of the same traditional song for the Befana

La Befana The Feast of the Epiphany, celebrated January 6 with a national holiday in Italy, and the tradition of La Befana are a big part of Italian Christmas celebrations. Epiphany commemorates the 12th day of Christmas when the three Wise Men arrived at the manger bearing gifts for Baby Jesus. The traditional Christmas holiday […]

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Music outside Aristo’s with Giuliano Nardi

Music outside Aristo’s with Giuliano Nardi

autumn sounds in Barga Vecchia

Giuliano Nardi Giuliano Nardi who has featured on barganews  many times over the years was once again outside Aristo’s bar in Barga Vecchia this afternoon with his fisarmonica – the accordion. The accordion is a portable box-shaped musical instrument of the hand-held bellows-driven free-reed aerophone family, sometimes referred to as a squeezebox. A person who plays the accordion is called […]

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Ken Campbell and Linsey Aitken play Aristo’s

Ken Campbell and Linsey Aitken play Aristo’s

Scottish cellist and guitarist making new sounds in Aristo's bar

Linsey Aitken A highly regarded ‘cellist, pianist and vocalist crossing genres from classical to folk. Trained on ‘cello and piano at the RSAMD, she has performed professionally all over the UK from the Royal ALber Hall to the sands of Calgary Bay in Mull. Collaborating regularly with composer Alan Craig, flautist/composer Louise Burnet, member of […]

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The Aristodemo’s play Altana

The Aristodemo’s play Altana

an evening among friends in Barga Vecchia

As happens so often in Barga, there was no advance publicity, no posters put up in the city, just word of mouth but a large crowd turned up outside the Altana last night to join in a two hour session from the Aristodemo’s who played a selection of songs from the Aristodemo Casciani “songbook”. The […]

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Accordion music at Aristo’s

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David Tazioli jamming outside Aristo’s

David Tazioli jamming outside Aristo’s

Musicians jamming outside Aristo’s – Dr. Frame alias David Tazioli  taking time off from recording his latest video Dr. Frame alias David Tazioli nasce a Barga, per ragioni fortuite, come lui stesso ama dire, il primo marzo del ’72. Spiccato talento calcistico iniziò a giocare all’età di sette anni e smetterà a causa di un […]

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People power – flower power

People power – flower power

An article from four years ago had already told half of this story – to celebrate the spring sun reaching the piazza outside of the Palazzo Pancrazi, the inhabitants of that area of Barga Vecchia did a bit of spring cleaning in the piazza. In 2005  the Comune bought and installed some new street furniture […]

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Daily Sketch coming to you every day for the next year

Daily Sketch coming to you every day for the next year

We have got used to seeing a Daily Image on this site as a new image has been posted on the net every single day for the past seven years but this week we start a new experiment with the artist Richard Clare who will be posted on a daily basis for the next twelve […]

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M’Illumino… di swing

M’Illumino… di swing

Anche quest’anno Barga – come molte altre località della valle del Serchio e d’Italia – si è illuminata di meno, aderendo alla campagna di sensibilizzazione lanciata dal programma radiofonico Caterpillar. La ricetta barghigiana è ormai consolidata ed è entrata di diritto nelle manifestazioni che fanno parte delle tradizioni della cittadina: luci spente nel palazzo comunale […]

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