Naples Bluegrass Band Blending Italian and American Cultures

Nov 26, 2019 224

BY: Dina Di Maio

Bluegrass music was born in the mountains of Kentucky and Tennessee, by way of Irish, Scottish, and English parents. But La Terza Classe is injecting it with a Southern Italian flair that has to be heard to be believed.

La Terza Classe, named for the band that was playing in the Titanic’s third class in the film Titanic, began busking on the streets of Naples. The five members, Enrico Catanzariti (vocals and snare drum), Pierpaolo Provenzano (vocals and guitar), Rolando “Gallo” Maraviglia (vocals and bass), Corrado Ciervo (violin), and Alfredo D’Ecclesiis (harmonica), were drawn together over their love of American bluegrass, Dixieland jazz, and jug band music.

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