Modena City Ramblers

Modena City Ramblers

Collage of the members of the Modena City Ramblers
Photographer and creator of collage: Roberto Scorta
Background information
Origin Modena, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Genres Folk rock, Folk music
Years active 1991–present
Arcangelo "Kaba" Cavazzuti · Elisabetta "Betty" Vezzani · Davide "Dudu" Morandi · Francesco "Fry" Moneti · Franco D'Aniello · Massimo "Ice" Ghiacci · Roberto Zeno
Past members
Luca "Gabibbo" Giacometti · Stefano "Cisco" Bellotti · Alberto Cottica · Luciano Gaetani · Massimo Giuntini · Marco Michelini · Alberto Morselli · Giovanni Rubbiani

Modena City Ramblers (also known as M.C.R.) is an Italian folk band founded in 1991. Their music is heavily influenced by Celtic themes, and can be compared to folk rock music. The band has sold over 500,000 albums. Known for their left-wing politics, their lyrics often speak out against the Mafia and fascism.



Abbiamo cominciato per hobby, per divertimento puro e semplice. Avevamo un'impronta punk, andavamo a suonare senza neanche provare, a volte eravamo in 6, a volte in 7, anche in 11.
—Franco D'Aniello

The Modena City Ramblers were formed in 1991 by a group of friends that wanted to play traditional Irish music. The first to join were Alberto Morselli, Giovanni Rubbiani and Alberto Cottica (still in Lontano da dove), Chris Dennis (formerly a member of Nomadi), Filippo Chieli, Franco D'Aniello and Luciano Gaetani from 'Abazia dei folli. On Saint Patrick's Day in 1991, during a concert in a pub in Modena, they chose the name Modena City Ramblers. The name was an homage to Dublin City Ramblers, an Irish band.[1]

In 1992 they were joined by bassist Massimo Ghiacci (formerly in the band Plutonium 99). During the evening of 1 March they recorded their first demo. During a concert at a pub in Carpi, Stefano "Cisco" Bellotti sang The Wild Rover for the first time.[2] At this time the Modena City Ramblers became an open company, and have remained so during throughout their history, with almost all members who have left the band returning sporadically to play with the group. Their most famous concert was performed as the opening act for the Pogues in Modena. Their repertoire has since expanded considerably, including traditional Italian songs as Bella ciao, Fischia il vento, and Contessa.

The singer of the group Cisco along with producer Kaba Cavazzuti who also became "a new member of the Modena City Ramblers after changes in the original line-up", released the album of the ‘brother band’ Casa del Vento, titled "900" which came out in February 2001.[3]


The band's lineup has changed many times since their formation.[4] After the first album, singer Alberto Morselli left the band; in 1996 Francesco Moneti replaced Marco Michelini, and Giovanni Rubbiani and Alberto Cottica left the band in 2001. Singer Stefano "Cisco" Bellotti left the band in 2005 after fourteen years. The lineup in 2006 was:



  • 1994 – Riportando tutto a casa
  • 1996 – La grande famiglia
  • 1997 – Terra e libertà
  • 1998 – Raccolti
  • 1999 – Fuori campo
  • 2002 – Radio Rebelde
  • 2004 – ¡Viva la vida, muera la muerte!
  • 2005 – Appunti partigiani
  • 2006 – Dopo il lungo inverno
  • 2008 – Bella ciao - Italian Combat Folk for the Masses
  • 2009 - Onda libera
  • 2011 - Sul tetto del mondo


  • 1998 – Cent'anni di solitudine
  • 1999 – L'Italia ai tempi dei Modena City Ramblers
  • 2003 – Modena City Remix
  • 2003 – Gocce (for Acqua per la Pace)
  • 2004 – El presidente


  • 1992 – On the first day of march...Live demo - autoproduced demotape
  • 1993 - Combat Folk – autoproduced demotape
  • 2000 - Il resto raccolto – recorded only for fan club


  • 2004 - Clan Banlieue - twelve years of songs, concerts, interviews, journey, unreleased videos


  • 1995 - Tributo ad Augusto (CGD) - with L'atomica cinese
  • 1995 - Materiale resistente - with Bella ciao
  • 1995 - I disertori - a tribute to Ivano Fossati - play Gli amanti d'Irlanda
  • 1999 - A come Ambiente (La Stampa)- with Madre Terra
  • 2002 - Piazza Carlo Giuliani ragazzo - with La legge giusta (inspired by the 27th G8 summit)
  • 2002 - Lontano - by Landscape Prayers
  • 2003 - Balla veloce vivi lento - with Le lucertole del folk
  • 2007 - Tre colori by Graziano Romani - with Spiriti Liberi; Stesso Viaggio Stessa Città; Corre Buon Sangue.
  • 2007 - Nessuno oltraggi nessuno - with Socialdemocrazia by Gang, live version.



  1. ^ Alberto Morselli in his biography
  2. ^ Stefano "Cisco" Bellotti in Clan Banlieue - 12 years of songs , concerts, interviews, journeys, videos
  3. ^
  4. ^ Tree
  5. ^ "Ghiaccio" is the Italian for "Ice"
  6. ^ Tour 2008
  7. ^ Tour 2008 Image

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