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Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino performs during globalFEST at New York City's Webster Hall on Jan. 8.

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino performs during globalFEST at New York City's Webster Hall on Jan. 8.

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Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino 2012

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Traditional folk music isn't all gentleness and light — just ask this band from southern Italy's Puglia region. Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino specializes in the frenzied traditional pizzica tarantata, a dance that's said to cure the mortal wound of a tarantula's bite.

Joined by a scarf-wielding dancer (as well as a surprise guest artist, the Lebanese-French trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf), this band of vocalists, percussion, recorder and accordion wields a tremendous, earthy energy that had the room hopping — literally.

Set List
  • "Pizzica Tarantata"
  • "Cogli La Rosa"
  • "Dumenica Matina"
  • "Bella Ci Dormi"
  • "Nu Te Fermare"
  • "Tira Cavallu"
  • "Focu D'Amore"
  • "Beddhu Stanotte"
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