Serenade in Sicily

Last night our musician friends Ettore and Alfredo invited us to witness a pre-wedding serenade they were asked to perform. 100 friends and family came to listen and surprise the bride-to-be. Not the traditional intimate moment that has existed for centuries, but still, a wonderful night to be part of! Of course, the ballad “Nicuzza”…

Bring Your Dancing Shoes

Being a musician myself, I am always seeking out other musicians while in Sicily, especially those versed in local folk music, like Ettore, Alfredo, and Totò, pictured here. I heard them first as part of a larger community ensemble in Porticello, my grandfather’s birthplace, in 2011. A couple of years later, I sought them out,…

Experience Sicilian Inspired Music in Connecticut

Concert! Join me (Allison Scola) and guitarist Joe Ravo on Sunday, April 8, in Farmington, Conn., when our Sicilian and Southern-Italian-inspired, American folk duo, Villa Palagonia, will perform a concert at the Sounding Board Coffeehouse. Agenda: Open Jam and Song Swap at 2PM; Concert at 3PM (2 sets with a 20-minute intermission). Where: The Lodge…

Dancing in the Hall of Mirrors

Tarantella anyone? Villa Palagonia, a band featuring guitarist Joe Ravo, bassist Greg Maker, percussionist Dave Mancuso, and me, Allison Scola, on vocals, clarinet, guitar, and frame drums, will be performing this coming Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 7PM in New York City at Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 3 (185 Orchard Street). We invite you to come…

The Revelrous LassatilAbballari

If you are in the New York City area, you’ve got a fabulous opportunity on Thursday night to hear LassatilAbballari, a fantastic folk music group from Palermo, Sicily (pictured). They’ll be joining New York’s ambassador of Sicilian folk music Michela Musolino and her group, Rosa Tatuata, for their now, second annual La Primavera Vinni (Spring…

Dancing in the Garden

Bagheria’s Villa Palagonia inspired me and my husband, guitarist Joe Ravo, to name our folk duo for it. Here we are in its garden surrounded by the estate’s fantastic statues. Join us on Sun., Sept. 13 at 8PM Eastern Daylight Time for a live internet concert from our home in New York City. Tune in…