Aldo Richard - Barbo Aldo
In Piedmont, both in the piedmontese speaking and the patois speaking
areas, it is common to use the words “uncle” and “unt” as a respectful
title instead of “mister” or “misses” which anyway exist.
I like to recall Barbo Aldo or uncle Aldo with his original “title” because it was a single thing with the name.
Aldo house is best described by his friend dr. Bia who told me: “I like
visiting him just to stay in his kitchen. I look around and I feel
The environment was the one of a mountain grange. The traditional kitchen, the fireplace, the copper cutlery.
was specially important for the ones looking for traditional songs. He
had a so called “chaier” ; a book where his grand father collected and
wrote the words of the popular songs of that time. The “chaier” itself
unfortunately only included the words, but he was able to sing a large
quantity of them. Luckily the choir friends recorded them and now they
are preserved in digital way in addition to the various choirs that are
singing them in concerts around the valleys.
Barbo Aldo was
remembered in a special event by Badia Corale Val Chisone in 2004 on
occasion of returning to the family the “chaier” fully restored.