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Parting Words Posted by on Jul 4, 2019

When I was a kid we had a vinyl disk of patriotic folk songs sung by the Alpini, the Italian mountaineering corp famous for its a cappella choirs. I used to listen to this record almost every day because those songs inspired many images in my head, and I would lose myself in them. Amongst…

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Quel Mazzolin Di Fiori Posted by on Aug 21, 2017

Gathered around the old well in Ponticello, the local musician are singing Quel Mazzolin Di Fiori (That Little Bunch Of Flowers), a folk song that I loved as a child. Composed in the second half of the nineteenth century, Quel Mazzolin Di Fiori was to become one of the Alpini’s (Italian mountain troops) favourite songs…

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A Naughty Italian Folk Song! Posted by on Aug 17, 2015

For the past four days, Serena and myself have been working for the Pro Loco di Pontremoli at Ponticello in Lunigiana, where every year since 1994 la festa degli antichi mestieri is held. To find out more about this enchanting recreation of Italian village life at the beginning of the 20th century take a look…

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