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Biamonte, Louis (Luigi)

Luigi Biamonte came to Edmonton c1910 at the age of 13. He joined a brother
and some cousins who were working at the Diamond Coal Mine in Clover Bar, near
Edmonton. He came from Italy with a musical background, his salvation, as it
got him work in bands and helped stave off bouts of homesickness. Louis enjoyed
the camaraderie of fellow countrymen when his band traveled to and played at
dances for the Italian farming community of Naples. Music was a companion
throughout his life; his band played at political rallies; his brother Sergio(?), another musician, had an 85 member band; his nephew, Tony, was a media celebrity; Lori Biamonte (great niece? granddaughter?) is an Edmonton singer of note.

Besides his music, he also earned a living working as a water boy on the
railway in the Coal Branch before going to barber school and opening his own
shop.

Luigi Biamonte

Luigi Biamonte

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Biamonte's Oral History