“The skipping Sicilian rhythms of accordion-driven folk”

(Rod Vervest, director Fairbridge Folk Festival – Australia, 2017)


“Musique des profondeurs”

(Festival Les Traversées Tatihou, – France 2017)


“A fascinating 
and accomplished fusion: you’ll keep coming back to Pontos”

(Ciro De Rosa, Songlines magazine – UK, 2018)


Dipnoi are living fossils, an order of prehistoric fish that have vestiges of rudimentary lungs: during periods of drought, adapting to the environment, they take refuge in small, moist burrows and can breathe atmospheric oxygen. This is a metaphor that evokes the current music scene in Sicily: in the name of survival.

The poetics developed by the Oi Dipnoi trio were born out of the meeting between tradition and innovation: one enriches the other in a constant dialogue in which the assets of the musical culture of the island are given new value. An inheritance from Valerio Cairone, a multi-instrumentalist who collected the melodies of the region. The protagonists of this heritage were shepherds, farmers, carters, a universe that was well explored by famous writers in Sicily at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries. Thus the creation of an original repertoire in which the themes are developed and sustained by the diatonic accordion and Sicilian bagpipe, supported by the Nakaira rhythmic section with percussion, jew’s harp, electric bass and double bass by Mario Gulisano and Marco Carnemolla.

Hailing from Sicily, Oi Dipnoi draws deeply from the wells of tradition while creating a new sound full of personality. It is presented to us in a vivid version where the diatonic accordion is supported by a strong rhythm section of bass and percussion, thanks to a charming and light fusion with elements of jazz and progressive archaic folk.

Their debut album“Bastrika” was released in November 2015 in Hungary by NarRator Records. There are also two special guests on the record, Dániel and Vilmos Gryllus of Kaláka, the most famous and long-established folk group in Hungary. Later in 2015, the trio took part in the Festival I-ART, producing the show “Etnafjord” together with the Swedish female singers quartet Kraja.

In their second album “Pontos”, released in January 2018, special guest the string arrangement by Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards from USA. 

The trio, formed in 2013, has already performed successfully in various folk festivals across Italy, France, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, England, Spain, Latvia, India, Chile and Australia. 


Latest news

New summer dates announced…

New summer dates announced…

Here we are, alive and free... on the road again:Jul 18 - Pilato Agrifest, Antillo (ME)Jul 24 - Jazz in Vigna, Santa Venerina (CT)Aug 13 - Milo Folk Fest, Milo (CT)Aug 26 - Adriatico Mediterraneo, Anconaand more to come...

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SUEZ – New animation video presented at WOMEX19

SUEZ – New animation video presented at WOMEX19

SUEZ / OM JAG HADE VINGAR a song by V. Cairone/M. Carnemolla/M. Gulisano/trad) taken from the CD "Oi Dipnoi - Pontos" Watch it now here Marco Carnemolla (bass), Valerio Cairone (diatonic accordion), Mario Gulisano (bodhràn) with KRAJA (Sweden) vocal arrangement: Frida...

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OI DIPNOI on Crowdfunding

OI DIPNOI on Crowdfunding

Oi Dipnoi & Saucējas: new song and animation video crowdfunding Maģa, maģa ābelēna (very little apple tree) Latvian traditional singing group Saucējas & Sicilian ethno music trio Oi Dipnoi met in studio for the very first time to produce a single and...

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"The music of the islands""Pontos"" is the deep sea in ancient Greek language. Born out of tradition and innovation, Oi Dipnoi s music is rooted in traditional melodies of the island.Hailing from Sicily, in this second album they draw deeply from the wells of...


The poetics developed by Oi Dipnoi trio were born out of the meeting between tradition and innovation: one enriches the other in a constant dialogue in which the assets of the musical culture of the island are given new value. A heritage inherited from Valerio...

Upcoming dates

Previous dates

Before 2019

Jan 1 – Brisbane, Woodford Folk Festival (AUS)
Jan 6 – Sandgate, Music by the Sea (AUS)
Jan 10 – Melbourne, Open Studio (AUS)
Jan 12/14 – Tasmania, Cygnet Folk Festival (AUS)
Jan 17 – Sydney, Django Bar (AUS)
Jan 18/21 – Wollongong, Illawarra Folk Festival (AUS)
Jan 19 – Sydney, Istituto Italiano di Cultura (AUS)
Jan 28 – Catania, Ostello (IT)
Feb 9 – Udaipur World Music Festival (India)
Feb 10 – New Delhi, Italian Embassy Cultural Centre (India)
Feb 23 – Palermo, Cantieri Culturali (IT)
Feb 25 – Catania, Ostello (IT)
Mar 9/12 – Port Fairy Folk Festival (AUS)
Mar 14 – Melbourne, Spotted Mallard (AUS)
Mar 15 – Melbourne, Istituto Italiano di Cultura (AUS)
Apr 21 – Napoli, Train de Vie (IT)
Apr 22 – Grottaglie, ArmoniE di Primavera (IT)
May 19 – Catania, Street Food Fest (IT)
May 24/27 – Whitby, The Great North Folk Festival (UK)
June 22 – Belgrade, Dev9t festival (RS)
June 23 – Palić, Etnofest (RS)
June 24 – Balatonboglár (HU)
June 25 – Szeged, Jazz Kocsma (HU)
June 26 – Kecskemet, Valentino (HU)
June 27 – Budapest, Szimpla Kert (HU)
June 28 – Garáb, Tű fokán fesztivál (HU)
July 17 – Balatonboglár, Babel Sound Fesztival (HU)
July 31 – Catania, Alkantarafest (IT)
Sept 7 – Favignana, Musica Ribelle (IT)
Sep 29 – Catania (private event) IT
Oct 24/28 – Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Womex

Apr 6 – Melbourne, Coasit – Museo Italiano (AUS)
Apr 7 – Melbourne, Istituto Italiano di Cultura (AUS)
Apr 8 – Brisbane, Magda Community Artz (AUS)
Apr 9 – Melbourne, Piers Festival (AUS)
Apr 11 – Melbourne, Open Studio (AUS)
Apr 13/17 – Canberra, The National Folk Festival (AUS)
Apr 19 – Sydney, Django Bar (AUS)
Apr 20 – Sydney, Istituto Italiano di Cultura (AUS)
Apr 21/23 – Perth, Fairbridge Folk Festival (AUS)
Apr 23 – Perth, Dante Alighieri Society WA (AUS)
Apr 24 – Perth, Fairbridge Folk Festival (AUS)
May 19 – Budapest, Fonó (HUN)
May 23 – Catania, Centro ZO (ITA)
July 16 – Nagymaros, Nomad Bar (HUN)
July 18 – Balatonboglár, Babel Sound Fesztival (HUN)
July 19 – Budapest, Szimpla Kert (HUN)
Aug 16 – Saint-Vaast-La-Hougue, Les Traversées Tatihou (FRA)
Aug 18 – Paris, La Bellevilloise (FRA)
Sept 10 – Catania, Sicily Folk Festival (ITA)
Nov 26 – Catania, Ostello (ITA)
Dec 19 – Catania, Zampognarea (ITA)
Dec 23 – Catania, Gammazita (ITA)
Dec 27/31 – Brisbane, Woodford Folk Festival (AUS)

February 20, Zo Centro Culture Contemporanee, Catania (IT)
March 5, Auditorium Rai Sicilia, Palermo (IT)
March 26, Garden Of The Beloved, Misterbianco, Catania (IT)
April 22, Touring Catania (IT)
May 7, Jazz & Dintorni, Sant’Agata Li Battiati, Catania (IT)
May 12, private – IPM Bicocca, Catania (IT)
June 4, Fonó, Budapest (HU) – guests w/Nakaira (IT/GR)
June 9, Corte dei medici, Catania (IT)
June 22, Alkantara fest – Catania, castello Ursino (IT) – guest w/Les Poules à Colin (CAN)
July 3, Festa della birra, Hotel Biancaneve, Nicolosi, Catania (IT)
July 6, Csipero festival, Kecskemét (HU)
July 7, Kulturmüvek, Lakitelek (HU)
July 8, private – Kecskemét (HU)
July 22, Babel Sound, Balatonboglar (HU) – guests w/Korrontzi (SP)
July 23, Lajosmizse (HU)
July 24, Babel Sound, Balatonboglar (HU)
July 30, private – Randazzo, Catania (IT)
August 11, La casa del poeta, Milo (IT)
August 21, Piedimonte etneo (IT)
September 3, Gazebo Farkas, Santa Venerina (IT)
November 22-27, Tepantar Mela Festival, Baitanik (IND)
December 4, Sicily Folk Fest (IT)
December 18, Lipari (IT)

June 24 – Siracusa, Moon (IT)
June 27 – Balatonboglar (HU)
June 28 – Eger, Kaláka festival (HU)
June 29 – Kecskemét, Valentino Kavehaz (HU)
June 30 – Budapest, Szimpla Kert (HU)
July 1 – Szeged, Középfölde (HU)
July 2 – Budapest, Kertem (HU)
July 4 – Letojanni, Alkantara Fest (IT)
July 10 – Street Fest Hemingway Caffè Letterario, Modica (IT)
July 12 – Catania, Read and Drink (IT)
July 14 – Favignana (TP), I ART festival (IT)
July 15 – Selinunte (TP), I ART festival (IT)
July 16 – Ragusa Ibla, I ART festival (IT)
July 17 – Catania, I-Art festival (IT)
July 22 – Frazzanó Folk Fest (IT)
Aug 21 – Corropoli, Paesaggi Acustici folk festival (IT)
Aug 23 – Milo, Musicamilo (IT)
Sep 9 – Cavtat, Epidaurus festival (HK)
Dec 28 – Catania, Meltin’folk festival (IT)


Oi Dipnoi & Yukatengi

Oi Dipnoi & Yukatengi

Sicily/Hungary Sicily meets Hungary. Born out of a long artistic partnership and friendship of two bands, this show represents a taste of an international collaboration of five musicians from the fields of traditional-folk-jazz-experimental music. Sicilian trio Oi...

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