Video: La Città Vecchia performed by Beppe Gambetta
By Kevin Coughlin
We are delighted to bring you a Columbus Day treat from Beppe Gambetta, the Pride of Genova.
The guitarist headlined over the weekend at the Folk Project’s Acoustic Getaway, accompanied by his “cousin Gino,” as he affectionately calls his audio looping pedal.
Gambetta’s loopy sense of humor is displayed in the intros to La Città Vecchia, a mazurka about the old country, and Chipmunk Licks, inspired by a critter under his porch in Hunterdon County.
He’s also a mesmerizing musician, as you can see in the videos.
As a teen in Italy, Gambetta played Led Zeppelin and Simon & Garfunkel tunes… until someone brought him an album of the Newport Folk Festival.
Painstakingly, Gambetta dissected those songs note by note, until he could copy their distinctive flat-picking styles.
The results, coupled with his disarmingly charming personality, make him one of our favorite Italian imports.
The Minstrel acoustic concert series in Morris Township resumes this Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, with Pat Donohue, former guitarist for A Prairie Home Companion. With opener Diane Perry& Friends. Showtime is 8 pm, at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road. Admission: $9; children 12 and under, free.
Video: ‘Chipmunk Licks’ by Beppe Gambetta