While in Italy during January 2014 I followed and recorded the folk music tradition ‘Pasquella di Natale’, held every year in a small village in the Marche region called Montecarotto. Here is the end result. It was a lot of fun following the musicians around and interviewing Carlo and Anna Carotti for some history of the event. It was also good practice juggling video, sound and stills and trying to keep one step ahead of the action.
The festival starts in the morning around 8.30 am as musicians and groups gather in the central piazza. Old friends are re-aquainted and band members gradually form their groups. From here they disperse to all corners of the village and start heading up back up to the central piazza, stopping to sing outside houses as they go and collecting offerings. By early afternoon they have all returned to the piazza and often a big jam session gets underway. The last event of the day is a concert in the beautifully restored theatre, which is also in the central piazza.
Below is a gallery of images gleaned from a few years of observing the festival.