In their new album, to be released shortly, Vesuvius Ensemble celebrate another wedding: that of the Guarracino of Neapolitan nursery rhyme fame. The Castagnola, Guarracino in Neapolitan dialect, is a fish and the "hero" of an anonymous song from the 1700s that tells of his love for a sardine who is the ex-sweetheart of a particularly macho tuna. The courtship leads to a feud which ends up involving all the inhabitants of the sea in the Bay of Napoli. It ends rather inconclusively with the singer telling us of the thirst that the song has built up and how a few coins to wet his whistle would be appreciated.
A search suggests that O matrimonio do Guarracino is another episode in the song-story of this not particularly well-favoured chordata.
*This was to be Jeanne Lamon's last concert after 33 years as leader of the ensemble.
September 17 - 1849: American abolitionist Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery.