Red Wine
Jeff White



"Mama Mia, they are so good!"


RED WINE is the premier bluegrass band in Europe.  Actively touring since 1978, the band’s style is various and contemporary, with a sound and approach that embrace traditional bluegrass, swing, gospel and country.   The band will return to the U.S. for a Fall 2007 tour with dates available from coast to coast.


RED WINE has played all over Italy and Europe, gaining a strong following everywhere.  The band has appeared at some of the major international festivals in Italy (Torino, Milano, Tradate, Brescia, Pescara), France (Toulouse, Angers, Dor-l’Eglise), Switzerland (Melide, Stetten Family BGF), Austria (Lohnsburg, Knittelfeld), Holland (Winschoten) and Germany (Guglingen).  RED WINE has also opened for and played with bluegrass greats Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Peter Rowan and Tony Trischka, has appeared many time on both local and national radio and TV programs, and in 1993 was voted best Italian acoustic band by a readers’ poll of “Chitarre” magazine.


In 1997 through 2003, RED WINE toured the USA, appearing successfully, among others, at the Bluegrass and Chili Festival (Tulsa, OK), Poppy Mountain BGF (Morehead, KY), Mohican BGF (Greer, OH), The Lucy Opry (Memphis, TN), Everett’s Barn (Suwanee, GA), Station Inn (Nashville, TN), and at the massive 1995 and 2001 International Bluegrass Music Association “World of Bluegrass”, playing a well-received Showcase and performing at Fan Fest.  These tours saw the band on the same bill with the likes of Ricky Skaggs, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Tony Rice, Ralph Stanley, Del McCoury, the Lonesome River Band and many others.   In September 1997, the band also appeared on television program on Channel 5 Network US and was featured on an interview on Terry Herd’s Bluegrass Radio Network in Nashville, TN.


Martino Coppo and Silvio Ferretti played for years in the international band Freewheelin’ prior to forming the band RED WINE, touring Europe and USA and appearing on musical shows on Italy’s national TV.  They both contribute to Italian and American music magazines, do workshops and play studio sessions.


Supporting the band’s rhythm with his hard-driving bass is Stefano Cavallo, whose singing can be appreciated on duet and gospel numbers.  And, last but not least, guitar player Luca Bartolini (who has taken the spot left vacant by flatpicking master Dino Di Giacomo) has also toured Europe and USA with other fine bands.


The newly released “Winter’s Come and Gone” cd is one not to be missed.   All in bluegrass style, they mix traditional songs like Carter Stanley‘s “I’ll Never Grow Tired of You” and show their love of country music with Foster & Lloyd’s “Just Call Me Lonesome”.   Most enjoyable though is their “Il Cielo d’Irlanda” which showcase their talents in the Italian language.



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