Villa Palagonia is very excited to fall into the end of summer. We’ve got some shows coming up, and as we are now sooooo close to releasing Rhythms & Roots, we can’t contain ourselves! Recording an album of songs always creates moments of love and moments of frustration… But when it’s in our hands, we’ll be so happy to get it into yours!
Here’s what we’ve been up to over the last month or so. (Allison, here…)
In early July, we were in Sicily were we spent some time with my cousins and visited Villa Palagonia, our namesake estate in Bagheria. My cousin Filippo Buttitta, a talented photographer, took photos of us. We had so much fun! Here’s a shot of us in the garden. Note the musician statues in the background. They are what inspired to name our group Villa Palagonia!
In late July/early August, Joe and I went to Falcon Ridge Folk Festival where we hung with good friends and enjoyed great music for the weekend. It was really hard to leave after a beautiful few days in the countryside with kindred spirits. We played a few pop-up performances, and one of them was filmed. Thanks to World One Video! Check it out here:
Additionally, we had a great time performing at The Budgiedome. Thank you Gordon Nash for inviting us!
In mid-August, we were featured once again on City World Radio with AC Lowe. AC Lowe, aka Anthony LoFaso, traveled with me to Sicily in June before Joe arrived. It was for me, a wonderful experience to visit Anthony’s ancestral town, where he found kindred spirits who spoke his familiar Sicilian language. (Tears flowed! Definitely emotion to channel for another song about connecting to your roots!)
Much of our appearance on the show (in addition to performing some songs live) was spent talking about our time together in Sicily. Check out the archive at:
On August 24, I was so excited to be featured by the National Organization of Italian American Women in their Member Spotlight. You can read the article on their blog at NOIAW Member Spotlight.
And now, we’re gearing up for more wonder and magic coming this fall. I feel so blessed to have so many terrific things happening. I hope you’ll join us for the journey!
We’ll be live on the internet via ConcertWindow.com on September 13 at 8PM, then at the Italian Feast in Tappan, NY and the Feast of San Gennaro in NYC on September 20, and live at Caffè Vivaldi at 8:30PM on Tuesday, October 20.
See the Events page for all of the details.
Please join us as we prepare to release our debut Villa Palagonia album, Rhythms & Roots! We’ve been working on it for many months… and we look forward to releasing it to you!