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Published on 27 December 2016

Palermo: markets, migrants and anti-mafia music

Sicily is probably best-known to foreigners as the land of pizza and mafia, and there's a reason why: the pizza is delicious and the mafia remain an everday fact of life, one way or another, for pretty much the entire population of the island.

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Published on 9 July 2016

Fire in the Mountain: Santy Anno, 4 June 2016

At Fire in the Mountain festival in Wales, standing on and around a landlubbing ship called Boaty McBoatface, a crowd of people assembled and starting singing sea shanties. This one is called Santy Anno, Santayana, Santianna, or any one of several other names.

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Published on 7 July 2016

Barcelona: Fanfarrai, 7 February 2016

Fanfarrai are a band from Barcelona that plays Balkan music (it's a broad term but it does the job). In fact they're one of several bands from Barcelona that play Balkan music, it's popular here. They're very good.

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Published on 5 January 2016

Dublin: Corn Potato String Band, 14 October 2015

A chance encounter with the Corn Potato String Band in Dublin in mid-October 2015. Dublin was cold and damp, the Corn Potato String Band were dry and warm. And they know what they're doing with fiddles.

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Published on 28 October 2015

Barcelona: Correfocs and Diables del Poble Sec, 19 July 2015

"What do you like to do in the summer?"

"Oh, everyone in the neighbourhood throws a party and some people go into the square to set off explosives."

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Published on 28 October 2015

Barcelona: Huelgistas de Movistar, 27 May 2015

Workers from Telefónica Movistar are on strike, and have been for quite some time (since 7th April, to be precise).

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Published on 28 October 2015

Barcelona: Ugne and Andres, 15 May 2015

Another song sung by Ugne (this time with Andres accompanying) in the spooky gloom of RAI.

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Published on 28 October 2015

Barcelona: Irigu, 18 March 2015

St James' Infirmary performed by Irigu in RAI's dimly-lit library/gig space. The light was poor, so I added some cheap effects.

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Published on 28 October 2015

Barcelona: Papa Orbe i Los Turpiales Sabaneros, 26 February 2015

Papa Orbe i Los Turpiales Sabaneros are from Colombia. That's pretty much all I know, except for this: Papa Orbe has a strong resemblance - particularly in a stripy shirt - to the giant psychedelic parrots that parade on the screen behind him.

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Published on 28 October 2015

Salamanca: Los Justicieros, 1 December 2014

Outside the library in Salamanca, a group of masked men - Los Justicieros - play cumbia music in the cold.

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