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Scots and Gaelic traditional song, music and dance

Scots and Gaelic traditional song, music and dance

final concert in barga vecchia - bagpipes, violin, guitar and voices joined in Scots and Gaelic traditional song.

The annual School of Scots and Gaelic traditional song, music and dance, organised by Càirdeas nam Piobairean, Hamish Moore’s fellowship of pipers is in full swing in Barga. Final day and the final concert in Barga Vecchia. Kathleen MacInnes– Gaelic song. Kenneth MacKenzie (Cape Breton) – Fiddle (Pipes). Annie Grace – Pipes and Scots Song. […]

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Scots and Gaelic traditional song, music and dance

Scots and Gaelic traditional song, music and dance

DAY FOUR and they are dancing on the tables at Paolo Gas

The annual School of Scots and Gaelic traditional song, music and dance, organised by Càirdeas nam Piobairean, Hamish Moore’s fellowship of pipers is in full swing in Barga. Day four and the lessons are becoming more complex in various studios around Barga Vecchia. This evening the interest then moved just outside the main gates of […]

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Scottish wedding in Palazzo Pancrazi

Scottish wedding in Palazzo Pancrazi

Norman Bradford and Amelia Zambonini

Norman Bradford and Amelia Zambonini were married today in Palazzo Pancrazi in Barga Vecchia. The bride, groom and family then moved on to the Hotel Moorings to celebrate before finally later on that evening enjoying the traditional meal of fish and chips at the Fish and Chip Festival (article with more images here)

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Scottish wedding in Barga Vecchia

Scottish wedding in Barga Vecchia

Mairi MacFarlane and Fabio Martinelli tie the knot.

Many kilts, temperatures in the mid 30’s, bright sunshine, the sound of bottles of prosecco corks popping and launching into the blue sky, the swirling sound of bagpipes set against the background sound of the centuries old bells of the Duomo chiming out over the city …. yes, it was a normal July day in Barga […]

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The integration game: how Italo-Scots shaped Scotland

The integration game: how Italo-Scots shaped Scotland

The integration game: how Italo-Scots shaped our nation - article by Joseph Farrell in The National newspaper and website in Scotland

The first immigrants from Italy in the modern era arrived more than 100 years ago, a long enough time to allow them to form a community of Italo-Scots, to integrate and make their mark. Theirs is a story of success, but the community has also experienced episodes of intolerance and discrimination, as well as moments […]

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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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Barga, la terrazza sulle Apuane amata dagli Scozzesi

Barga, la terrazza sulle Apuane amata dagli Scozzesi

article about Barga on the MUST review site by Gabriele Maneschi

Barga, Media Valle del Serchio, è un’elegante cittadina medievale, di origine ligure – apuana adagiata sul Colle di Romeggio. Dalla Porta Reale o Mancianella, s’intrecciano, su una struttura multilivello, palazzi rinascimentali, viuzze e vicoli gradinati – le caratteristiche ”carraie”. Dall’alto, a dominare l’abitato, il Duomo o Collegiata di San Cristoforo del IX secolo. La Via […]

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Fiddles and step dancing at Graziella Cosimini’s

Fiddles and step dancing at Graziella Cosimini’s

the carpet is rolled back inside Graziella Cosimini's clothes shop in Barga Vecchia and the music and the rhythmic sound of step dancing starts to fill the piazza

Càirdeas nam Pìobairean (Hamish Moore’s organisation, The Fellowship of Pipers)  presents the 2016 School of Traditional Scots and Gaelic Song, Music and Dance in Barga. I am very happy to be writing again for barganews and this time, a somewhat in depth article (full article can be read here) concerning the school which took place in […]

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Scotsman.com: Welcome to Barga: the most Scottish town in Italy

Scotsman.com: Welcome to Barga: the most Scottish town in Italy

a long article in the www.Scotsman.com this morning

TUSCANY can not only lay claim to being the home of Chianti and Michaelangelo’s David, but also a town that describes itself as the “most Scottish in Italy”. High in the Tuscan hills, nestled below the snowy peaks of the Apuan Alps, lies the beautiful 10th century walled town of Barga. At first glance, its […]

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Step dance tutor Pat Ballantyne in Barga

Step dance tutor Pat Ballantyne in Barga

The school of Scots and Gaelic traditional song and music now moves in dance.

Step dance tutor Pat Ballantyne is based in Aberdeen, Scotland and has been dancing, teaching and playing in a cèilidh band for a number of years. She has taught step dance in schools, at fèisean, and at community workshops in many locations and has performed in Scotland, Europe and Cape Breton Island where she learned […]

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Barga’s Scottish weekend 2,3,4 September 2016

Barga’s Scottish weekend 2,3,4 September 2016

Barga celebrates its connection with Scotland and Scottish culture, by having organizing “Barga’s Scottish Weekend”. It will take place on 2nd 3rd 4th of September. The event will start on Friday 2nd September with the tastings of typically Scottish products in various venues in the historic centre of Barga (reservation recommended). Saturday 3rd September at […]

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The end of the Scottish bell for Barga story

The end of the Scottish bell for Barga story

Back in 2004 we published an article (here) – The sound of a Scottish bell in Mologno? So just what have a derelict church in Clyde Bank, Glasgow, Scotland and the new construction taking place down by the railway station at Mologno got in common? The answer is the continuing story of exchanges between Scotland and […]

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