Presentation of the Pascoli Medal
The Mayor of Barga Caterina Campani was in Scotland this week celebrating the Clan Italia Gathering – a meeting dedicated to the Italians of Scotland and also to the presentation of both Scottish and Italian products. The idea for the event came from the restaurateur from Barga – Stefano Orsucci, supported by others including the […]
The week of music, dance and stories comes to an end with a concert in Barga Vecchia by the teachers from the school
So – what of Barga and the School here? Firstly the school will eschew the stereotypical view of what Scottish Culture is – the parody of itself which was a politically motivated creation. They will be rediscovering and celebrating with the help of the best of their tradition bearers their beautiful past traditions which have been saved for them, […]
a walking moving concert through the piazzas, public spaces and churches of Barga Vecchia
So – what of Barga and the School here? Firstly the school will eschew the stereotypical view of what Scottish Culture is – the parody of itself which was a politically motivated creation. They will be rediscovering and celebrating with the help of the best of their tradition bearers their beautiful past traditions which have been saved […]
Jimmy Hutchison and Erika Cragg have been busy weaving a length of tweed for the Waulking of The Tweed, which will happen in Piazza del Comune, as the climax to the student concert for the Barga School of Scots Music, Song and Dance on the afternoon of Friday 6th September. In the quest to weave […]
bagpipes, wine and polenta at La Cantina del Vino
The pipers moved through the city this afternoon as the students and staff of the Hamish Moore School of Scots Music, Song and Dance walked in procession from their preferred area – Barga Vecchia, down through Barga Giardino to La Cantina del Vino. To meet them there were the massed ranks of the Associazione Culturale […]
performance of the Scottish folk play "Galoshins", updated for the 21st century.
The Meadows Mummers used to be called, the world’s only all-female mumming troupe; but then discovered friends in Birmingham, so now they are saying they are the only all-female GALOSHINS troupe. For anyone unfamiliar with the term «mumming», it refers to the practice of groups of amateur actors performing folk drama, frequently with a religious […]
Barga School of Scots Music, Song and Dance
Hamish Scott Henderson (11 November 1919 – 9 March 2002) was a Scottish poet, songwriter, communist, soldier and intellectual. He was a catalyst for the folk revival in Scotland. He was also an accomplished folk song collector and discovered such notable performers as Jeannie Robertson, Flora MacNeil and Calum Johnston. Discussions around national identity and […]
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 […]
many surnames from Barga
An extremely interesting image has just been posted on the Italian Scotland page on Facebook which seems to be showing men who were working on the Matland area of the Inveraray Castle in Scotland during 1961. Great photograph of Italiani di Barga and surrounding area. These men went to work for the Duke of Argyll […]
Could someone you know be the lifesaving donor this Australian family is searching for?
An Australian father of three with a rare form of leukaemia needs a lifesaving bone marrow transplant from a donor with Scottish-Italian heritage. 39-year-old Gennaro Rapinese, from Perth, Australia, has Acute Myeloid Leukemia and needs to trace a bone marrow donor urgently for a lifesaving transplant. So far, doctors have been unable to find a […]
A new tweed of four colours which will reflect the glorious colours of Barga.
On the morning of 25th April I travelled from my workshop in Dunkeld close to The Loch of the Lowes to the workshop of Jimmy Hutchison to meet with Erika and Jimmy to decide on the colours and design of The Barga Tweed. Jimmy lives and works in the Fife conservation village of Newburgh on […]