Andrea Verga

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He started his musical studies as a child, with the acoustic guitar and later exploring Jazz music with the electric; but it was thanks to Icaro and Massimo Gatti (one of the Italian Bluegrass pioneer) that he approached to the American traditional music and he started to play the 5-string Banjo and the Mandolin. He fell in love with this music and the American Culture in general that since that day he has carried on a research work that continues today... Since 2016 he is a member of the Italian Folk band Shiver, whom he has toured with Davide Van De Sfroos until the final gig in San Siro Stadium with more than 20.000 people. In 2017 he started a musical partnership with Mr. Bigoni, a talented musician which shares the same deep passion for Appalachian music, forming a versatile duo with banjo, mandolin, acoustic guitar and foot percussions...for sure they'll make stomp your feet! Since 2018 he's also a member of Folkamiseria, a band that proudly oscillates between Funky and Fiddle Tunes; with them he currently play in some of the best Celtic and Folk festivals all around Italy and Europe. In June 2020 "Banjo Newsletter", the popular magazine about the instrument, reviewed his album "InstruMental Vol.2" and defined Andrea “…fine young Banjo player with a melodic bent…” [Banjo Newsletter June 2020]