TarantaCeltica unites the hypnotic rhythmic energy of Southern Italian Tarantella and the uplifting boldness of the Irish Tradition, to create an ecstatic high energy hybrid of passion and joy. Led by master percussionists Andrea Piccioni and Dave Boyd, an ensemble of world class multi-instrumentalists draw inspiration from the singing and dance music of Calabria, and the rich and textured repertoire of Irish jigs, reels, polkas and songs.
“'The music that results from this fusion is engaging and electrifying to the point where much of the audience danced the night away, but there's more: the referencing and rhythmic chases ” - Rosanna Paravati (from the original Italian)
— Il Quotidiano del Sud
“a spectacular success, with a well-balanced mixture of cross cultural mash ups and what we’d call here the pure drop, whether that be a set of reels on the Irish pipes or a song in the Calabrese dialect, it felt authentic and exciting. If I had stars to award, this debut would be an unquestionable five” - Sean Laffey
— Irish Music Magazine
“The result is a mix of energy and mysticism in the call of ancestral sounds... A concentration of strength, intensity and joyful impetus…” - Sabrina Amoroso (from the original Italian)
— Gazzetta del Sud
“an extraordinary concert, in which the audience's heartfelt and warm applause as well as the energetic and liberating dancing ensured the perfect outcome of the evening” - Vito Fabio (from the original Italian)