Meet Alessandro 

Meet Alessandro Castro, a master accordion player and singer who calls himself “Il Carrettiere di Erice,” or the Cart Driver of Erice. Alessandro specializes in performing Sicilian and Neopolitan songs. You can find him in front of the Castello di Venere at the top of Mount San Giuliano in Erice. I was fortunate enough to…

Go Out, Go Out Maria

When we met Fratelli Mancuso in September, they gave us a mini-concert right on a “stradina” (a little street) in Sutera, their hometown. It was absolutely divine! They sang and played for us their song “Nesci Maria” (pictured here). Some of the lyrics in Sicilian, then English, to give you a glimpse, are as follows:…

Bagherese Cart Drivers’ Songs

¬† The singer on this cart is performing a traditional cart driver’s song (for a contemporary celebration). This photo was taken in Santa Flavia, near Bagheria. Bagheria is not only renowned for its tradition of building intricately decorated carts, but also for the tradition of virtuosic singing employed by the cart drivers. The drivers’ songs…

Alfio Antico is a percussionist, composer, and performing artist from Lentini in the province of Siracusa. He is a specialist in playing the tammorra, a large frame drum made with sheep or goat skin, adorned with or without jingles. It’s more accurate to say however, that Antico has revolutionized the technique of playing the tammorra….

Gruppo Folk Soluntum is a music and dance ensemble made up of performers from Casteldaccia, Santa Falvia, Bagheria, and other communities. The ensemble researches, preserves, and performs the folk traditions of Sicily. They perform throughout Sicily and beyond. #singer #cantante #tambourine #tamburello #strumentipopolari #folkmusic #musicafolk #musicapopulare #casteldaccia #santaflavia #bagheria #palermo #sicily #sicilia #siciliabedda #italy #italia…