Ta' Verna Folk Band
Ta’ Verna Folk Band The group Ta’ Verna was first established around forty years ago and was part of the Xagħra Kummittiva, a traditional Gozitan dance held in this village during Carnival. After coming across certain difficulties, the group had to disband.
In 2004, George Bonello was approached by some of the former musicians who expressed their desire to re-establish the group, and asked him to join them with his accordion as the leading instrument to take part from the Kummittiva. Therefore the group was again brought together, albeit with a different format, consisting of the accordion, violin, harmonica, friction drum known as żavżafa, Maltese tambourine known as tanbur and guitar.
Therefore the group was again brought together, this time consisting of the George on piano accordion, Teddy on harmonica & Maltese tambourine, Joe on friction drum (known as rabbaba), Michel on folk guitar, Raymond on acoustic bass guitar, John on Hammer (Karabazza) and Alfred on triangle (Trepit)
On February of the same year that is in 2004, we took part in our first activity, this was when we played with the group Kummittiva Xagħra. Year after year we continued to grow in terms of success, we played in various other Gozitan villages as well as abroad. Some of the events that this folk band took part are : Festubru at Kerċem Gozo, Casa Fornanro at Ħal-Qormi, Tieġ l-Antik at iż-Żurrieq, lejliet Lapsi at Rabat, Festa Rebbiegħa, Bread Festival at Ħal Qormi, Żejt iż-Żejtun, Għana Fest (Argotti), Fete de la Musqiue, Notte Bianca, Festa raħħala Żurrieq and so on.
This band also played with band programm concert in Mnarja supported with L'Isle Adam band even in other feast programms with Victory Band - Xagħra & St Joseph Band - l-Imsida and in foreign countries such as Austria Slovakian city of Nitra, , where they placed third from the partecipating foreign groups, through their exposition and promotion of Maltese folk music. Bari, Lecce, and Gozitan villages to Tuscany in Italy.
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