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Blair Douglas – Italian Chapel Suite

Blair Douglas – Italian Chapel Suite

Inspired by the chapel created by Italian prisoners of war that has become Orkney’s most visited tourist attraction

Back in 2009 (article here) Blair Douglas, one of Scotland’s foremost musicians,  penned a composition in honour of the Scots- Barga footballer, Giovanni or Johnny Moscardini, who though born in Falkirk, Scotland  in 1897, took to the field a total of nine times for ‘Azzurri’ between 1921 and 1925. The tune “Il Saluto di Giovanni […]

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Luigi Pierotti – Order of the Star of Italy

Luigi Pierotti – Order of the Star of Italy

The Italian Ambassador will confer on him the honour Ordine della Stella d’Italia, or Order of the Star of Italy in Edinburgh today. Born a Scotsman in Barrhead, he even went to the effort to learn Italian so that he could help the many people from Italy who for generations have lived in Paisley and the West of Scotland, as well as to honour his family’s roots in Barga, Tuscany.

To generations of Paisley families he was known simply as Luigi Pierotti, partner in a number of fish and chip shops in the town and latterly as a newsagent in Rowan Street. But, thanks to an honour that is to be bestowed upon him by the Italian Government today, plain Mr Luigi Pierotti will be […]

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Scotland: Music written specially for The Aristodemos

Scotland: Music written specially for The Aristodemos

DA ARISTO - Written by Linsey and dedicated to Giovani, Antonella, Lorenzo, Keane, The Aristodemos and all the wonderful people who inhabit this wonderful little bar, the unofficial cultural centre of Barga, the most Scottish town in Tuscany, Italy.

Back in 2014 we published an article about the Scottish folk musicians, Linsey Aitken and Ken Campbell who are regular visitors to the city and mentioned that once again their particular sound was heard in Barga Vecchia as they gave a series of impromptu “mini- concerts” in five different locations through out the city. Why five […]

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Golf Club Garfagnana and the Scottish connection

Golf Club Garfagnana and the Scottish connection

località Braccicorti a Pontardeto, Pieve Fosciana - 6 hole par 3

The ancient origins of GOLF are unclear and much debated. Some historians trace the sport back to the Roman game of paganica, in which participants used a bent stick to hit a stuffed leather ball. One theory asserts that paganica spread throughout Europe as the Romans conquered most of the continent, during the first century […]

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Barga photographic exhibition in Glasgow, Scotland

Barga photographic exhibition in Glasgow, Scotland

Images of Barga in an exhibition as part of the Celtic Connections Festival in Scotland

We are extremely lucky in this part of the world to have in our midst, the piazzas – areas of daily transit on foot and places to meet and greet. Since the Italian Renaissance, ideas, concepts, communication and culture has freely moved through these piazzas. Over the past few years, the participants of Hamish Moores’ […]

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Arandora Star – the search for a missing mosaic war memorial

Arandora Star – the search for a missing mosaic war memorial

James Selbie designed and created the mosaic to commemorate the Arandora Star tragedy.

A mystery regarding a missing memorial to one of the worst shipping disasters of the Second World War has focused on Greenock, Scotland The stone mosaic — which was created in memory of more than 800 people who perished in the sinking of the liner Arandora Star (article here) — was gifted to the town’s […]

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Scottish writer James Robertson with his latest novel – “Solo la terra resiste”

Scottish writer James Robertson with his latest novel – “Solo la terra resiste”

da oggi nelle librerie italiane - "Solo la terra resiste", l’ultimo romanzo dello scrittore scozzese James Robertson, edito da paginauno, titolo originale "And the Land Lay Still"

The long term connections with Barga and Scotland continued this afternoon with a presentation in the Palazzo Pancrazi of the Scottish poet and writer, James Robertson with his latest novel, “Solo la terra resiste” –  “And the Land Lay Still” His subject is Scotland, from 1950 to the present day. It gives him a fair […]

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Plaque to commemorate John Bellany unveiled

Plaque to commemorate John Bellany unveiled

John Bellany 1942 – 2013

The mayor of Barga, Marco Bonini, the mayor of Molazzana Rino Simonetti,  il senatore Andrea Marcucci, ex mayor of Barga , Umberto Sereni and Helen Bellany all spoke this weekend as a plaque to commemorate the gallery used by John Bellany in Piazza Anglio was unveiled. Speeches by the mayor of Barga, Marco Bonini, the mayor […]

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Arandora Star – La tragedia dimenticata

Arandora Star –  La tragedia dimenticata

"To forget would be a greater tragedy " - Gino Tambini, grandson of Giovanni Tambini, lost on the Arandora Star, July 2, 1940

Per fortuna a Barga c’è l’Istituto Storico Lucchese. Lo diciamo sinceramente, perché se non ci fosse questa attivissima sezione, la Fondazione Ricci e poche altre iniziative di singoli cittadini, qui, la memoria di chi ci ha preceduto sarebbe lasciata cadere in un triste e assordante oblio. Già, perché non bastano le corone di fiori e […]

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Hamish Moore School – Gala Concert

Hamish Moore School – Gala Concert

The final evening of the Hamish Moore: School of Traditional Song, Music and Dance. After a week of intense music making in private in the various studios around Barga Vecchia, it was time for the lecturers at the school to shut their stuff out in the piazza – the Gala Concert in Piazza Salvo Salvi. […]

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Hamish Moore: School of Traditional Song, Music and Dance

Hamish Moore: School of Traditional Song, Music and Dance

a procession out of Barga for an evening based around music, wine and polenta at the La Cantina del Vino

Two pipers leading the way as all 60 musicians attending the Hamish Moore School of Traditional Song, Music and Dance were led out of Barga Vecchia, down through Barga Giardino and out into the valley to the Cantina del Vino. There they were met by the staff of the Cantina del Vino and various members of the […]

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Hamish Moore: School of Traditional Song, Music and Dance

Hamish Moore: School of Traditional Song, Music and Dance

and the work in progress continues around Barga with musicians working preparing for tomorrows final concert

Càirdeas nam Pìobairean (Hamish Moore’s organisation, The Fellowship of Pipers) presented the 2017 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 twenty years ago. The coined name, Ceòlas is a combination of […]

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