Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined 2020

Marcello and Pauline D’Amico - Week 21

Tristan Meecham

Today on In The Groove, we welcome two pillars of the Victorian Italian community. They are proud and passionate and I am excited to say Ciao Marcello and Pauline D’Amico, como esta?

Marcello D’Amico

Como esta Tristan.

Pauline D’Amico

Bene grazie.

Tristan Meecham

Marcello and Pauline, what do you love about your Italian heritage?

Pauline D’Amico

I was born in Victoria. My mother was born here, too but my father and my mother's family all come from four islands called the Aeolian Islands in the Mediterranean Sea and Marcello comes from one of those islands where my mother's family comes from and it wasn't of an arranged marriage. It was love.

Marcello D’Amico

I came in Australia when I was 14 and I wasn't going to stay that long I just joined three siblings.

Tristan Meecham

Music has lived through your life, Pauline. In fact, you're one of Australia's most celebrated female accordion players. What do you love so much about this instrument and what style of music do you love playing the most?

Pauline D’Amico

I started learning when I was 10 for 8 years and then I left it for a while. I love nice, happy music - tarantellas and polkas and nice fast numbers but I also love tangos and pasodobles. I really just love music and the accordion is an instrument that takes people back but I really wanted to play the piano and my father said, but we haven't got room because we lived behind a shop. So, I picked the accordion because my father played by ear.

Marcello D’Amico

I've been doing it since I was 7 or 8. So, I've been doing it for over 70 and, to me, every day, every song is a new experience. As I always say to Chris Reidy, with whom I have the greatest respect for the work he's done for Seniors Festival, that I love playing for our people. Just to see them enjoy.

Tristan Meecham

Marcello, as well as being a wonderful musician and visual artist, is it true that you are one of the first Italian born VFL umpires in the 1960s?

Marcello D’Amico

I was a soccer writer for the newspaper, Il Globo. Some of the best years of my life that I spent in the sport arena was umpiring football.

Tristan Meecham

As well as being great musicians, together, you are both the directors of the Aeolian Players, which creates traditional and folk Italian music and have performed ever since 1989. Where have you performed around Australia?

Marcello D’Amico

All over Victoria, mainly through the multicultural events. 3 or 4 years ago, we did 9 concerts all around the state. Before then, because I had my own band in 1960s, I used to play the trumpet and those days there were very few Italian bands.

Tristan Meecham

Marcello, in 2017 you were awarded the Victorian Senior of the Year Award for Multiculturalism presented by Governor Linda Dessau. What did this acknowledgement mean to you and your community?

Marcello D’Amico

It came as a big surprise because there are a lot of people that deserve more than I did, I must admit, but it was sort of a recognition for the sort of work that I like and others like me, for our seniors, for ourselves, because we still got a lot to offer and a lot of people don't understand that, because you are 70 or 80, you're over the hill and we want to share and also trying to teach the younger generation that you can have fun without drinking or taking drugs. My drug is my guitar, my mandolins, or Pauline's is the accordion. You know, what am I to get hooked on?

Tristan Meecham

Marcello and Pauline, could you introduce the piece that you're going to perform today and the reasons you've chosen it?

Pauline D’Amico

Every number we play special because I won't play anything unless I really feel it. So, it was very hard to pick one and that's why we picked this one.

Marcello D’Amico

This is called the Flight of the Angels,  Il Volo Degli Angeli. It's very technical, fas,t but, under the present circumstances of the sad loss our son, in a way, it's to say thank you, John, for giving us 41 years of your life of happiness. It - he's still an angel for us. To us, it's like thank you to everybody. To - to us, to all those people that have been fantastic in the time of need. They are like angels for us. So, that's why we chose that.

Tristan Meecham

Marcello and Pauline, from all of us at the Victorian Seniors Festival, we want to send our gratitude as well as our condolences to you both during this time. It has been an absolute privilege to speak with you both. All I can say is grazie, grazie, grazie and all of our love. Thank you for joining us as part of the Victorian Seniors Festival.

Pauline D’Amico

Grazie mille.

Marcello D’Amico

Grazie mille.

[Pauline and Marcello, playing a song with their instruments]

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15 September 2020
Duration: 8:14

Musical couple Marcello and Pauline D’Amico have attracted such a strong following for their Victorian Seniors Festival performances over the past 15 years that even Marcello’s sister-in-law couldn’t get a seat to their packed out Deakin Edge show last year.

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Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined 2020

Marcello and Pauline D’Amico - Week 21

Tristan Meecham

Today on In The Groove, we welcome two pillars of the Victorian Italian community. They are proud and passionate and I am excited to say Ciao Marcello and Pauline D’Amico, como esta?

Marcello D’Amico

Como esta Tristan.

Pauline D’Amico

Bene grazie.

Tristan Meecham

Marcello and Pauline, what do you love about your Italian heritage?

Pauline D’Amico

I was born in Victoria. My mother was born here, too but my father and my mother's family all come from four islands called the Aeolian Islands in the Mediterranean Sea and Marcello comes from one of those islands where my mother's family comes from and it wasn't of an arranged marriage. It was love.

Marcello D’Amico

I came in Australia when I was 14 and I wasn't going to stay that long I just joined three siblings.

Tristan Meecham

Music has lived through your life, Pauline. In fact, you're one of Australia's most celebrated female accordion players. What do you love so much about this instrument and what style of music do you love playing the most?

Pauline D’Amico

I started learning when I was 10 for 8 years and then I left it for a while. I love nice, happy music - tarantellas and polkas and nice fast numbers but I also love tangos and pasodobles. I really just love music and the accordion is an instrument that takes people back but I really wanted to play the piano and my father said, but we haven't got room because we lived behind a shop. So, I picked the accordion because my father played by ear.

Marcello D’Amico

I've been doing it since I was 7 or 8. So, I've been doing it for over 70 and, to me, every day, every song is a new experience. As I always say to Chris Reidy, with whom I have the greatest respect for the work he's done for Seniors Festival, that I love playing for our people. Just to see them enjoy.

Tristan Meecham

Marcello, as well as being a wonderful musician and visual artist, is it true that you are one of the first Italian born VFL umpires in the 1960s?

Marcello D’Amico

I was a soccer writer for the newspaper, Il Globo. Some of the best years of my life that I spent in the sport arena was umpiring football.

Tristan Meecham

As well as being great musicians, together, you are both the directors of the Aeolian Players, which creates traditional and folk Italian music and have performed ever since 1989. Where have you performed around Australia?

Marcello D’Amico

All over Victoria, mainly through the multicultural events. 3 or 4 years ago, we did 9 concerts all around the state. Before then, because I had my own band in 1960s, I used to play the trumpet and those days there were very few Italian bands.

Tristan Meecham

Marcello, in 2017 you were awarded the Victorian Senior of the Year Award for Multiculturalism presented by Governor Linda Dessau. What did this acknowledgement mean to you and your community?

Marcello D’Amico

It came as a big surprise because there are a lot of people that deserve more than I did, I must admit, but it was sort of a recognition for the sort of work that I like and others like me, for our seniors, for ourselves, because we still got a lot to offer and a lot of people don't understand that, because you are 70 or 80, you're over the hill and we want to share and also trying to teach the younger generation that you can have fun without drinking or taking drugs. My drug is my guitar, my mandolins, or Pauline's is the accordion. You know, what am I to get hooked on?

Tristan Meecham

Marcello and Pauline, could you introduce the piece that you're going to perform today and the reasons you've chosen it?

Pauline D’Amico

Every number we play special because I won't play anything unless I really feel it. So, it was very hard to pick one and that's why we picked this one.

Marcello D’Amico

This is called the Flight of the Angels,  Il Volo Degli Angeli. It's very technical, fas,t but, under the present circumstances of the sad loss our son, in a way, it's to say thank you, John, for giving us 41 years of your life of happiness. It - he's still an angel for us. To us, it's like thank you to everybody. To - to us, to all those people that have been fantastic in the time of need. They are like angels for us. So, that's why we chose that.

Tristan Meecham

Marcello and Pauline, from all of us at the Victorian Seniors Festival, we want to send our gratitude as well as our condolences to you both during this time. It has been an absolute privilege to speak with you both. All I can say is grazie, grazie, grazie and all of our love. Thank you for joining us as part of the Victorian Seniors Festival.

Pauline D’Amico

Grazie mille.

Marcello D’Amico

Grazie mille.

[Pauline and Marcello, playing a song with their instruments]

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