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Hamish Moore preparing for the Barga School of Scottish Music 2013

Hamish Moore preparing for the Barga School of Scottish Music 2013

Isn’t it nice when old friends turn up suddenly out of the blue?  An old friend and colleague of giornaledibarganews  arrived in Barga this week for a very short visit before once again disappearing into the distance –  the piper and pipemaker Hamish Moore, who has been nurturing affiliations with Barga since he was musician-in-residence […]

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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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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 […]

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Piping Scots Culture into a Little Bit of Italy

Piping Scots Culture into a Little Bit of Italy

They say that in the Tuscan hill town of Barga, near Lucca, anyone who speaks English does so with a Glasgow accent, such has been the degree of emigration to the west of Scotland from the area.

This may be an exaggeration, but it is entirely true that on Wednesday the town will resound with the strains of Scottish traditional music. The pealing bells of the medieval town’s duomo will mell with the strains of Scots and Italian choirs to introduce a line-up of visiting singers and players, including singer and piper […]