Many of Villa Palagonia’s listeners know about my (Allison’s) Sicilian roots–our song topics highlight Sicily and Sicilian immigrants–but most may not know too much about Joe’s roots in Naples, Italy. During our performances, Joe often talks about growing up Italian-American in The Bronx in the 1950s and 1960s, but you may not know about the amount of research he’s done about his Italian heritage. Needless to say, it’s a lot!
So much so, that Joe recently became recognized as an Italian citizen, and he’s on the way to obtaining his Italian passport. One step on this journey for him is going to visit his ancestral town of Casalnuovo di Napoli, which, when his grandfather left, was a small town, but now is part of the greater Naples metropolitan area. Well, in July, we are going to Bella Napoli to do some more exploring (We were there for a few days in 2012 and before that in 2005.), both to learn more about Joe’s roots and also to take-in more of the local music that we love.
We can’t wait!
It’s been a busy time relocating to the “Left Bank” this past year and a half, and we are looking forward to getting back to writing and producing some new songs for our next Villa Palagonia project. We hope that our trip to the homeland inspires some engaging songwriting. Stand by for more in the months ahead!
Villa Palagonia has set out on the “Left Bank,” as we like to call our new home in Englewood, New Jersey. We are thrilled to join many of our friends on the west side of the Hudson, yet still remaining true to our New York City roots with frequent visits for work and play in the City.
As we settle in to our new headquarters, we are purposefully keeping our schedule less demanding for a few months, but we are certainly keeping our toes in the action. We have a few appearances in spring 2018, that we hope you’ll join us for!
March 4: On Hootenanny Cafe Radio Show on WTBQ with Jon Stein
In early March we’ll be on Hootenanny Cafe. You can tune in to hear a set of Villa Palagonia on the radio!
March 18: St. Joseph’s Day with Experience Sicily at Cacio e Vino
Mid-March, we’ll be getting you all singing for St. Joseph’s Day at Cacio e Vino with Experience Sicily. The afternoon, which features a traditional Saint Joseph’s Day Sicilian feast, will be great fun. Reserve your spot at Eventbrite!
April 8: Villa Palagonia Performs at the Sounding Board Coffeehouse
In April, we’ll be in northern Connecticut for a full concert at the Sounding Board Coffeehouse.
Open Jam and Song Swap at 2PM
Concert at 3PM (2 sets with a 20-minute intermission)
In cooperation with Winding Trails, Inc., this special afternoon will take place at
The Lodge at Winding Trails
50 Winding Trails Drive
Advanced tickets are available at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3325579
$15 for Sounding Board and Winding Trails members
$20 general public
May 1: A World of Women’s Voices Presented by the College Club of Northern New Jersey
A World of Women’s Voices
Woman’s Club of Ridgewood, 12 Noon
The Woman’s Club of Ridgewood
215 W. Ridgewood Ave.
Contact the College Club of Northern New Jersey about attending at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A World of Women’s Voices is a powerful, unique, collaborative performance featuring three artists — Sharon Goldman, Bev Grant and duo Villa Palagonia — who celebrate the power of women’s stories from around the world, from Italian folk tales and biblical stories to African women, New York immigrant history (including the Triangle Fire), personal/childhood narratives and labor movement anthems.
We are offered an enriching personal and community experience not only through the stories told in the songs — which the artists knit together by illustrating how, even with our different backgrounds, we all are essentially connected — but also through encouraging us to sing and, in some cases, dance along!
June 24: On Hootenanny Cafe Radio Show on WTBQ with Jon Stein
On Sunday, June 24 we’ll be live on Hootenanny Cafe. You can tune in to hear an entire broadcast co-hosted by Villa Palagonia with in-studio performances.
Hello Friends! Just in time for the NERFA Conference, we’re releasing our latest video “Mi Votu e Mirivotu (I Turn and Turn Again),” filmed by World One Video’s JB Nuttle.
Based on a beloved Sicilian folk song, we’ve arranged our own interpretation and written English lyrics in the spirit of the original song.
Meanwhile, Villa Palagonia will be showcasing “I Turn and Turn Again” at the NERFA (North East Region Folk Alliance) Conference on Thursday night in Stamford, CT. Please join us!
THURSDAY, NOV. 9
11:00 PM | Heart & Hope Showcase, Room 2100
11:45 PM | Around Robin Showcase, Room 2035
In the Round with Christopher Brown and Millpond Moon
We’re happy to present “Baciami Caro,” which means, “Kiss me, baby!” We recorded this video with World One Video on site in Denton, Maryland. We had just a few minutes, and this is the one take we were able to record!
We hope you like it! Please let us know what you think!
Enjoy these two latest videos from Villa Palagonia!
Anna & Luca
Recorded by World One Video.
In April, we were honored to present our original music influenced by Sicilian folk songs at the Italian Sonorities and Acoustic Communities Listening to the Soundscapes of Italianità conference at the John D. Calandra Institute of Queens College in New York City.
Please enjoy this video presented by ItalicsTV of our lecture and concertino where we explain in more detail the origins of our songs Michelina’s Song, Anna & Luca, and Marco the Barber.
After a spring presenting “A World of Women’s Voices” with Sharon Goldman and Bev Grant, we’ve been working on some videos so you can hear and see our performances–unedited! They will be released one at a time over the next few weeks to keep you wanting more.
This July, we’re touring Sicily! We’re playing with local musicians and doing some guerrilla performances along the way as we start to plan our next recording project and write new songs. So, like the cricket, this summer we are enjoying the sun and singing and playing for fun–exploring … so that in the winter, we are ready to entertain you with the warmth we’ll have collected here in Sicily, this July.
Looking forward to sharing with you!
Villa Palagonia in duo form headed to Maryland earlier this month to record a series of videos for your viewing pleasure. Please enjoy “Marco the Barber” recorded by JB Nuttle of World One Video.
We will be releasing the videos throughout the next few weeks. Let us know what you think!
~ Allison and Joe
We are very excited to be performing a number of times in the next few days! Please join Villa Palagonia…
April 25, 2017, 6:30 p.m. at the Italian American Museum in New York City. We’ll be playing a couple of Sicilian songs to entice you to come to Sicily with us this July for Music & Revelry in Sicily.
This is a teaser to whet your appetite to come to hear us on Sunday, April 30 at Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 3 in New York City for A World of Women’s Voices.
A World of Women’s Voices
Sunday, April 30th, 2017
Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 3
A World of Women’s Voices – 7PM
185 Orchard Street
New York New York 10002
Advance Tickets: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1434710-world-womens-voices-new-york/
Along with Bev Grant and Sharon Goldman, our concert A World of Women’s Voices is a powerful, unique, collaborative performance that celebrates the power of women’s stories from around the world. Our program includes music from Italian folk tales, biblical stories, New York history, personal/childhood narratives, and Labor Movement anthems.
And for those of you down south…
Sunday, May 7th, 2017
George Washington Masonic Memorial
Villa Palagonia at Focus Music – 7PM
101 Callahan Drive
Alexandria Virginia 22301
Price: $18 general/$15 Focus music members
TICKETS at http://www.focusmusic.org/
We’re heading to the southland in the springtime, and we are so excited!
Villa Palagonia will be opening for folk luminary Joe Crookston.
Please join us for a fantastic evening of music for a fantastic group of music lovers–Focus Music!
Both Allison and Joe (Pictured at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in the Volunteer Tent. Credit: Barbara Shiller) were recently interviewed about creativity and living an artist’s life for The Falcon Pack Podcast. It’s fantastic listening, and a great way to hear what these two artists have to say about work and life. And there are performances during the interviews too, so check it out!