Ta' Verna Folk Band
Ta' Verna is folk revival band from Gozo, first establish in the early 1980s and returned on the local music scene in 2004.
Following a long hiatus, some of the musicians from original group approached George Bonello to reform the band. The new formation consisted of accordion, harmonica, friction drum (rabbaba), Maltese tambourine, guitar, castanets and triangle.
In February 2004 they played their first gig in the formation at the Kummittiva Xagħra, a traditional dance held during Carnival days. They then went on to play at other villages in Gozo.
They have also played in Austria, Italy (Tuscany), and Slovakia (Nitra).
Aside from tradiational Maltese folk music, the band also plays various international folk songs, primarily as they see themselves as entertainers.
Ta' Verna released their first ever recording as part of the compilation of songs taking part in the 2013 edition of L-Għanja tal-Poplu. Bit-Tof...Ma Tofx? is written by Rita Pace and George Bonello. It was featured on Toni Sant 337th Mużika Mod Ieħor podcast on Saturday 4 May 2013.
Band (since 2004)
- George Bonello - piano accordian
- Anna Bonello - violin
- Michel Refalo - guitar
- Anthony Formosa - guitar
- Joe Bonello - friction drum (rubbaba)
- Teddy Spiteri - tambourine
- Francis Cini - tambourine:
- Alfred Debono - triangle:
- John Pace - hammer:
- Audrey Marie Bartolo - singer
- Maria Portelli - singer
- George Bonello - President
- Joe Bonello - Secretary
- Doreen Bonello - Treasurer
- David Bonello - PRO
- Anna Bonello - PRO