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
Enjoy these two latest videos from Villa Palagonia!
Anna & Luca
Recorded by World One Video.
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
Update: If you missed the live broadcast, listen to the archived show until 26 February 2016 at:
This Friday, February 19 during the 2-hour broadcast that starts at 11:04 AM New York time/17:04 Italy time, we’ll be on New York, New York a program on Radio Amica with host Sal Palmeri. You can hear it streaming at one of the following links:
We hope you’ll tune in to hear our interview and live performance!
We’re very much looking forward to sharing On Your Radar with John Platt of WFUV with Sonya Heller and Jay Hitt! We hope you’ll come along for the ride with us!
In July, Villa Palagonia, the music duo, visited Villa Palagonia, the estate in Bagheria, Palermo Province, in Sicily. Allison’s cousin, Filippo Buttitta took some beautiful photos of us being inspired by the “Villa of the Monsters.” As we finish our debut album, “Rhythms & Roots,” we were thrilled to have had the opportunity to return to the place that represents the roots of our musical concepts. There are more photos where these came from! These are just two of many that we’re ready to share right now.
Join us on the journey to complete “Rhythms & Roots.” We’ll be launching a pre-sale campaign in the weeks ahead. Sign our mailing list on the Contact page.
Here’s another photo, from the interior of Villa Palagonia.
I was listening to what I hope are the final mixes if Rhythms & Roots today, and I am very excited about the results of six months of work on this recording. Next stop: the mastering engineer will make it all sound shiny! Meanwhile, we’re creating a pre-sale campaign on PlegeMusic.com while we get the whole package ready for release. More on that soon!
Please join our community! We have are so excited to get this music out to you!
At the beginning of my favorite season–Summer, we’re playing some shows: We recently played the Positively 8th Street Festival in Greenwich Village, and on June 21 we’ll be at Pera Soho for Make Music New York. At the end of July/beginning of August, we’ll be at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival hanging with our peeps up in the camp grounds. Come find us in the Budgie Dome (http://budgiedome.org) for sure! On June 20, I’ll be in Danbury, CT on the Danbury Green for the World of Colors Celebration, where I’ll be teaching the tarantella. Because of that, I’m thinking of how I can do a mini-tarantella workshop in the fields of the farm at Falcon Ridge! Who is in?
At the end of June and beginning of July, Joe will be touring Belarus with the Johnny Rodgers Band on a cultural diplomacy tour for the U.S. State Department. I will be in Sicily soaking up ideas for our next songs until Joe joins me for a few days… and then, we’ll get inspired together as we tour the southeast part of the island and hopefully write a couple new tunes! We’ll see. We’re pretty particular about writing, but like last summer in Tuscany, I know we’ll be inspired by something along the way.
I am thrilled about all we have coming up and getting you involved in the music. We’ll hatch Rhythms & Roots soooon!
Ciao! All winter we’ve been recording and mixing our debut album, Rhythms and Roots. We are very much looking forward to getting this out to you. We’ve got a campaign in the planning and a introduction video to boot. If you haven’t heard us live yet, you’re in for a treat. Our objective is to entertain you and get you singing and dancing with us. So, stand by for more news about Rhythms & Roots coming soon!
We’re currently working on some performance dates. We’ll be out and about almost every weekend in June 2015 in New York City and Connecticut–all daytime and kid-friendly! Check out Events for details. And we’re starting to book shows for summer, fall, and winter. We just gotta get this record done! Let us know if you’d like us to bring our brand of acoustic world folk to a festival, stage, or house concert near you! Looking forward to seeing you in person really soon!