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CD review: Amy Winehouse – Lioness: Hidden Treasures

CD review: Amy Winehouse – Lioness: Hidden Treasures

Listening to Amy Winehouse’s “last album” reminded me of passing the tributes left by fans outside her Camden home after her death from alcohol poisoning this July. The random scrappiness of this collection of alternative takes, covers and sketchy new material is made poignant by the context in which it has been released. And – […]

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Emma, Aristodemo’s, a musical saw and an Amy Winehouse song

Emma, Aristodemo’s, a musical saw and an Amy Winehouse song

The musical saw, also called a singing saw, is the application of a hand saw as a musical instrument. The sound creates an ethereal tone, very similar to the theremin. The musical saw is classified as a friction idiophone with direct friction under the Hornbostel-Sachs system of musical instrument classification.

Sunday evening in Aristo’s bar in Barga Vecchia and as usual,  some of the members of the swing band Emma e gli Aristodemo’s were entertaining themselves with a little jam session when in through the door walked a young woman with a strangely shaped black bag slung over her right shoulder. She certainly did not […]

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Piazza in Castelnuovo closed for Vintage 40’s -50’s show

Piazza in Castelnuovo closed for Vintage 40’s -50’s show

This Friday the main piazza in Castelnuovo Garfagnana was shut to traffic for the evening as the Cafe Centrale organise a very successful evening all based around the theme of Vintage 40’s -50’s. More than 100 people, many of them dressed specially for the occasion in clothes from the 40s or 50s sat down together […]

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Amy Winehouse may NOT play Lucca Summer Festival?

Amy Winehouse may NOT play Lucca Summer Festival?

Amy Winehouse cancels part of European tour after jeers in Belgrade. Singer’s performance dubbed ‘worst in city’s history’ after she arrived hour late, mumbled through songs and disappeared. Amy Winehouse has called off some European tour dates after she was jeered for a shambolic performance during a concert in Serbia. Saturday’s gig in Belgrade kicked […]