Modena City Ramblers: the most important Italian band in its genre, known for the peculiar mix of folk and “world” influences with ska and rock.
The band has sold more than 1.0000.000 copies of their CDs in the last 20 years. Their constant performing with huge audiences has lead the band to become a popular and consolidated phenomenon on the Italian rock music scene. The band has been on world tour for more than 15 years, with a definitely fulfilling feedback under both the performing and the discographic point of view. The trip starts from Italy and its typical mandolin, through the Celtic tin whistle and finally reaches those African rhythms inwardly linked to the percussions of the slave workers in the two Continents. Inside this mix powerful electric guitar and drums find their perfect collocation, together with violin and accordeon and the influence of punk in singing.
Moreover, they mix Irish Folk and Italian Taranta. The result of all this is the so-called Celtic patchanka.
In the past they released “Bella Ciao: combat folk for the masses”, an unofficial release that, despite its being particularly new and unexpected, has definitely met the public’s lively interest. Produced by Terry Woods (The Pogues), the album re-visits the band’s classics through an open-minded international vision, with some lyrics in English, Spanish and French.
In the last 5 years the band played for a several gigs all around Europe (Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Finland) with great succesfull.
In 2014 they released an album + DVD named “VENTI”, a live collections of their best songs and they start for a new Italian and International tour.
In the 2015 they released “Tracce Clandestine” with the participation of important International artists as La Pegatina and Bongo Botrako from Spain, Terry Woods from The Pogues-Ireland, Dubioza Kolektiv from Bosnia, Sthefan Mellino from Les Negresses Vertes-France and Eugenio Finardi from Italy.
In March 2017 they publish their new album after four years: Mani come Rami, Ai Piedi Radici (MCRecords/Believe) and start again with their tour!
Modena City Ramblers are:
Roberto Zeno: drum and backing vocals
Franco D’Aniello: tin whistle, flute, trumpet and backing vocals Massimo Ghiacci: bass, guitar and backing vocals
Leonardo Sgavetti: accordeon, keyboards and backing vocals Francesco Moneti: violin, mandolin, bouzouky and electric guitar Davide Morandi: lead vocals
Gianluca Spirito: guitars, mandolin and backing vocals