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Tarantelle from Apulia: Lu picuraru / Tarantella di Sannicandro / Alla Carpinese / Pizzica taranta / Cori miu / Sona a battenti / Attaccati li tricci / Tarantella a Maria di Nardo‘ / Soje ciardine / Stornelli di Leporano / ‘Stu pettu e‘ fatto cimbalu d‘amuri / ‘Na via di rose / La bonasera / Ballo di S. Michele / Putadori (canto dei carrettieri)
The whirling Tarantella was invented in the hot south of Italy – reportedly with the aim of sweating out the spider venom of the tarantula. Pino de Vittorio knows better: he was born near the Apulian town of Taranto, the town in the boot heel of Italy that gave its name to the dance and that came up with the wildest version, carried by the merciless “beat” of the Tamburello. The Tarantella from Gargano, in contrast, sounds like a serenade thanks to the guitar and the castanets. The folk singer from Apulia, together with his ensemble, masters both versions in his sleep – a music that doesn’t allow you to nod off for even a second.