here’s a link to ed rennie of the sadly missed Bismarcks playing the tune
During the weekend of the Bampton Folk Festival (Devon, England) we attended the Festival’s Saturday night ceilidh.
The band played a wide range of Irish, Scottish, English and other European traditional tunes for the evening’s dances - including this one, (as part of a 48-bar jig set).
It fitted the dance perfectly - I think it’s a great "fun" tune.
Where in Calabria?
I’ve been told that each village has it own version of the tarantella dance/tune.
If that is the case, can anyone tell me which village this particular one comes from?
Don’t you just love tarantulas? They’re so amazing, so beautiful… ;-)
Yup! However, some interference and influence by universities, composers and folklorists have tended to muddy things, and even contributed to loss in situ, while tunes have been collected and noted down, and dances too in some cases, and even film, so there might be a YouTube somewhere online of this one being danced. Yes, I am familiar with this one and have danced it too, but that was a looooooooooong time ago. I’ll see if I’ve any notes anywhere. There must be at least a few dance descriptions for tarantellas somewhere. Other influences - competitions, nationalism, and modern life. A lot more fast food is now consumed in Italy than ever before, and the disneyfication of culture happens there too… :-P
"Tarantella calabrese" is a very generic name of dance/tune as many An dro. In south Italy around "tarantella" world there is very much more confution in titling tunes than in Celtic area. Tarantella, in folk view, is much more referred to dance than title tune.
In the video you refer about, the playing is more similar to jig rythm than tarantella which should be played much faster.
About sheetmusic, excluding the A B parts that seem to give specifical particularity to this tune, the C part is one of the typical tarantella riffs that you can meet quite always.