With 17 concerts at the FolkClub to his credit, our great friend Beppe Gambetta - exceptional musician and man - is certainly one of the artists who have walked our stage the most. A virtuoso of the acoustic style, universally recognized as one of the true innovators of his generation, now internationally consecrated, author of fourteen records, books and educational videos, Gambetta is today considered by the American masters themselves as their equal, worthy continuer of a musical tradition always alive and renewing itself. At home in the States (also literally: for a good part of the year he lives in New Jersey), a consolidated reputation thanks to the numerous tours, participation in the most prestigious international festivals and teaching activities in the context of very popular workshops, during the his career Beppe had the opportunity to play with the greatest artists of the international folk scene, including Doc Watson, Norman Blake, David Grisman and Gene Parsons. Two years have passed since his last performance on our stage and Beppe Gambetta has continued his tireless activity as a concert artist, researcher, producer and traveler. Beppe was also awarded the title of Ambassador of Genoa to the World by the Mayor of Genoa and in August 2019 he received the Franco Enriquez National Award dedicated to those who promote art and communication of social and civil commitment, with this touching motivation: One extraordinary musician who makes his instrument the narrator of a life path and a philosophy that puts man at the center of everything. Each of his performances both in Italy and abroad is full of pathos, vibrant introspection and emotional communication. When you mention Beppe Gambetta, you are talking about a spreader of dreams, a guitarist capable of transmitting the purity and magic of the musical message in a unique, inspired and unrepeatable way. Beppe, who has always had a very intense affectionate relationship with FolkClub, recovers the concert originally scheduled for April 2020 and then postponed due to the pandemic, returns to let us listen to the music of a new CD totally dedicated to original music compositions: the new project contains melodies, but also - for the first time - original songs. The emergency has slowly subsided on this new record. It had started in a carefree moment with the idea of renewal, of stopping for a moment to tell about oneself after a career of endless movement, of trying something new and finding new stimuli. Slowly the meaning of the work was transformed, it became an act of resistance and art's answer to adversity. An answer. An important answer. That of Beppe Gambetta, one of the most prestigious and authoritative figures of the international guitar, offered through the most natural instrument: music. His music. Our music, to mention one of the key songs of this new album entitled Where The Wind Blows / Dove Tia O Vento, the fourteenth of the Genoese guitarist. It is not only the double title - English and Genoese - that alludes to the renewal. It is the whole operation, which came out in a moment of difficulty, that brings out the profound novelty. Ten songs in which Beppe Gambetta discovers and rediscovers himself songwriter, singer, electric guitarist: It often happens that the artist discovers his own resources and his own artistic expression along the way. Sometimes you discover your own talent by chance, other times this derives from the need to produce beauty with the few means of the independent world (like in small circuses where the ticket collector is also a clown and tamer of crocodiles and sells cotton candy in the interval). My journey began as an acoustic guitarist in love with music American, over time the traveler, the researcher, the singer, the arranger, the sound engineer, the show producer, the teacher and today the electric guitarist and songwriter were born. Where The Wind Blows comes out at three years old away from Short Stories, once again with Borealis Records. The collaboration with the Canadian label is only one of the international pieces that make up the history of this extraordinary guitarist: born in Genoa, in constant contact with the North American territory, music and professionalism, appreciated worldwide, in years of career has synthesized his love for American music - country, bluegrass, folk, blues - and that for his fathers, starting with Fabrizio De André. The choice of the Genoese language is a tribute to its roots and the starting point for a journey backwards, it has a very poetic and Mediterranean sound, it has more truncated words than Italian and in some cases it is more expressive. In the song Dove Tia O Vento it worked perfectly to express the melancholy of the city by talking about emigration, the harsh life of sailors, the arrival of fascism, its returns, floods, collapses and so on. All in contrast to its extraordinary beauty that will always call you and make you come back. In this novelty album sung in Italian, English and Genoese, a partly autobiographical work that embraces songwriting, folk-rock, blues, flatpicking and the Mediterranean, Beppe Gambetta surrounded himself with important collaborators.