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Caffe Liscio

by The Hot Frittatas

Three American musicians playing the Ballo Liscio dance music of Italy and Sicily, spirited acoustic music for mandolin, violin, accordion, and guitar.
Genre: World: World Traditions
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Parigina Polka
2:39 $0.99
2. Tra Veglia e Sonno
3:52 $0.99
3. Rosa di Maggio Polka
2:34 $0.99
4. Speranze Perdute
3:22 $0.99
5. O Detto al Sole
2:53 $0.99
6. Che Ridere Polka
2:20 $0.99
7. Tenebre Infinita
5:36 $0.99
8. Frescalittata
2:17 $0.99
9. Mezza Note
2:17 $0.99
10. Napoli China e Femmine
2:49 $0.99
11. Sicilian Tarantella
2:14 $0.99
12. Signora Fortuna
2:28 $0.99
13. Caterina's Mazurka
1:55 $0.99
14. Quando Tramondo
3:09 $0.99
15. Funiculi Funicula
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Album Notes
The Hot Frittatas is Northern California's newest ensemble for European musette style dance music.

A trio of accordion, mandolin/fiddle, and guitar, they have appeared at numerous festivals, events, wineries and restaurants throughout the Bay Area, including the Santa Rosa Festa Italiana, the Cotati Accordion Festival, the Sausalito Arts Festival, and the 2001 Sonoma Harvest Fair.

In addition to the traditional Ballo Liscio style of Italian music, they are equally adept at French café music, Klezmer, Choro, Tango, and even Cajun and Zydeco music.

Their first CD, Caffe Liscio, was released in April, 2001.

They will begin work on a second CD early next year, featuring more Italian music, French music and even some original tunes in the musette style.

PERSONNEL: Gus Garelick (violin and mandolin) Gus discovered the mandolin during college and taught himself to play from an old Italian method book, his first introduction to the Ballo Liscio style of Italian dance music.

Eventually, he started playing Bluegrass music, and turned his attention to American fiddle styles: Bluegrass, Western Swing, Cajun, blues and jazz.

He has played fiddle for groups as diverse as Queen Ida, Dan Hicks, Hank Williams, Jr., and the late Jim Boggio and the Sonoma Swamp Dogs.

He also played classical mandolin with the Berkeley Mandolin Ensemble..

Gus lives in Santa Rosa and performs with a variety of musical groups, including Hot Frittatas, the Cajun Coyotes, the Bar X Bunkhouse Boys, and the Sevastopol Klezmer Band.

He is also a radio programmer at KRCB Radio in Santa Rosa, where he hosts The Fiddlin Zone twice a month.

Dennis Hadley (accordion) Dennis began playing accordion as a child in San Leandro, California, studying polkas and waltzes of the great Frankie Yankovic.

He also listened to a lot of Hank Williams, but had to put the accordion on hold during the British Invasion.

No one seemed to be interested in rock n roll accordion-not until Cajun and Zydeco music made its way out of Louisiana.

Then, it was accordions, with a vengeance! Dennis joined Soleil Zydeco, a Sonoma County dance band, featured several times at the annual Cotati Accordion Festival.

He then joined a more traditional Louisiana band called The Cajun Coyotes, at the same time branching out into Celtic, French, Italian and even Gypsy style accordion music.

He still likes Frankie Yankovic, by the way, but with a touch of Clifton Chenier and maybe a little Italian flavor.

Don Coffin (guitar, mandolin) Don has been performing music for international audiences for over 30 years.

From 1971 to 1978, he recorded and toured with singer- songwriter Kate Wolf.

He also traveled through Europe with The Eclecticatz, an acoustic trio playing everything from Celtic tunes to Country Swing.

For many years, Don has been organizing musical events at venues throughout Sonoma County, and he continues to perform Irish music with his band, The Aires of Erin.

Don also plays guitar in the Redwood String Trio, with violinist Paul Ellis.

The Hot Frittatas is Don's newest musical endeavor.



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Paul Smith

Fun and bright music of the Mediteranian, makes me want to dance
I first heard this on Hober Internet radio and liked it enough to track it down. I collect world folk music and this is a little lighter than my usual CD -but it's fun and lively. I was laying a slate tile floor to it and it helped a lot.

Tony D'Alessio

Nostaglic return to my younger days.
A newfound treasure to the traditional Italian music of my youth, this CD was a delightful find. Not only did I find some familiar songs but have been introduced to new selections previously unknown to me. Would be pleased to see more of the renditions with Gus playing the mandolin instead of the violin as I grew up hearing these melodies with mandolin and guitar accompaniment and it has renewed my interest to play the mandolin again. Thank you for preserving these old Italian melodies.

Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Great new band in Santa Rosa

October 4, 2001


Cornering the market on Italian and Sicilian instrumental music, The Hot
Frittatas are guaranteed to serve up a heel-kicking, lip-smacking platter of
polkas, mazurkas, waltzes, tarentellas, marches and paso-dobles at this
year's Sonoma County Harvest Fair.

Don't think of one-minute eggs, think of slow-simmering, skirt-flapping
music cooked over a low heat. Locals might recognize mandolinist Gus
Garelick, squeeze-box maestro Dennis Hadley and guitarist Don Coffin,
but once they transform into The Hot Frittatas they become Augostino di
Gorelli on violino e mandolino, Dionysius Hadjidakus on accordeon and
Donello Coffino on chittara.

As their latest album, "Cafe Liscio," boasts, the Santa Rosa trio not only
showcases the Ballo Liscio style of Italian music, but also French cafe,
Russian and East European, and Latin styles. And with a little
encouragement, they've been know to dive into a healthy round of Cajun
hoedown jamming.

A sample of the CD proves the band's old-world range: The song
"Tenebre Infinite" mixes candlelight chianti with Fellini's "La Strada,"
whereas "Paregina Polka" is a Parisian polka the trio picked up from
Berkeley's Ellis Island Old World Folk Band. And "Speranze Perdute"
spins lost hope in the tradition of great operas, condensing nearly a
century's worth of longing into less than four minutes.


Dirty Linen, Folk and World Music, Oct-Nov, 2002

You can almost smell the cappucino.
It's fun when Garelick cuts loose on the mandolin.
The selections are a lively mix of cafe tunes, tarantellas,
mazurkas, and, yes, the obligatory "Funiculi Funicula" acting
as the coda. You can almost smell the cappucino.

Darryl Ray

No Wine-ing about this CD when I making my wine!
A friend returned from California's Alexander Valley with this CD. After listening to it I immediately went online to CD Baby and ordered it. I am currently making wine at home and it puts me in the mood. This CD is a perfect accompaniment to an Italian dinner or a wine party.