SAYDISC SDL 426 - Traditional
Songs & Dances of Sardinia
All these recordings were made by Father Damian Webb in June
1962, when there was very little tourism, bandits were still active, and many
buildings still showed the scars of war. His starting point was the city of
Nouro on the central mountain range, which rises to over 6,000 feet, where he
recorded folk songs and children's singing games in the local orphanage. Not
far from Nuoro, near the East coast, in the rural town of Dorgali, he found
a local folksong group who were much in demand, in the tiny fishing village
of Santa Maria Navoresse he recorded a blind accordion player and, in nearby
Baunei, a player of the "Launnedda", a multi-reed instrument confined
to Sardinia and some home-made Jew's Harps, but one of his most interesting
recordings were made at Lotzorai where he captured the sounds of the mountain
goats and sheep as well as more stunning examples of children's games and ballads.
1. Pastoral Sounds: from Lotzorai - 2'59"
2. La Povera Cecchina (Poor Little Blind Girl); I Colori dell'Arcobaleno
(Colours of the Rainbow) & Il Treno (The Train) - children,
Nuoro - 4'26"
3. Ballo tondo - Nuoro dance group with accordion - 2'07"
4. Vanto alla Fidanzata - Dorgali song group - 1'57"
5. Ave Maria (Hail Mary) - Nuoro children - 4'32"
6. Ballo (Tre passos) Dance music on launedda & jew's harp - 3'45"
7. Su Sa Corte De Su Re (Near the King's Courtyard); Sas Cozzulas
de Jubanna (Little Cakes of Joanna); Ite Bella Pizzina (What a lovely
baby girl) children at Nuoro - 3'06"
8. Dance music played on accordion, Santa Maria Navoresse - 3'03"
9. Three Sardinian love songs - Dorgali song group - 11'05"
10. Un Vaso di Porcellana (A Porcelain Vessel); I Tre Tamburi (Three
Drummers); La Bella Villana (The Beautiful Country Girl) - Lotzorai
children - 3'56"
11. Passu tozzau/ Dyllu: Nuoro Country Dance group - 5'23"
12. Sas Rundine e S'Oddeu (The swallow & God); Quell' Ucelletto
(That Little Bird); Le Rondinelle (The Swallows); La Formicuzza
(The Little Ant) - Nuoro children - 4'51"
13. Blind accordion player, Santa Maria Navoresse - 1'52"
14. La Solitudine (Solitude) - Lotzorai children; Gioco Topolino
(The Little Mouse Game) - outside the Case Populari, Nuoro; Madama Le
Frulle Frulle (Madam Egg Whisk): Lotzorai children; Siamo Sette Cavaglieri
(We Are Seven Horsemen) outside the Case Populari, Dorgali - 4'25"
Recording, notes & photographs by Damian Webb, June 1962. Edited and
produced by Gef Lucena 1998.