The Silver Snails – ‘Ave Maria a Zio Virgilio’

The goal of The Silver Snails is to create the world’s finest pop rock, and to open hearts through sound, light, and word. A joint Italian and US venture between lead singer Lucas Ward and his wife Elisa Fantini, The Silver Snails take their inspiration from their home in the wine country of Romangna, Italy, yet at the same time they create contemporary pop-rock for a global audience.

‘Ave Maria A Zio Virgilio’ is track 4 from their album, ‘The Seven Melodies’, and was written by Lucas as a requiem for Elisa’s Uncle Virgilio. The song features real strings, over tango-electronica, and Elisa’s soprano vocals, with Lucas rapping verses from The Bhagavad Gita, as well as a duelling double accordion solo in the middle.

As with the other official videos from ‘The Seven Melodies’, ‘Ave Maria A Zio Virgillio’ was entirely written and produced by The Silver Snails, and is dedicated to “The Human Family”. The video took years of preparation, including several years of tango lessons for Lucas and Elisa, who had to learn the 120-step choreography, created by Andrea Zanchini for the clip. Worlds away from the spaced out video for ‘Dancing With The Stars‘, this video features an exotic banquet of tango dancing, peacocks, flowers, accordions, and Bollywood-inspired group choreography with Lucas dressed as the Hindu deity Krishna. In addition to the main video, ‘Ave Maria a Zio Virgilio’ comes with a companion ‘Making Of’ video which brings fans into their video production process over three days of shooting and explains the symbolism.

You can find out more about The Silver Snails online on their official website, Twitter, and Facebook.


About the author

Lisa has been writing for over 20 years, starting as the entertainment editor on her university newspaper. Since then she's written for Popwrapped, Maximum Pop, Celebmix, and ListenOnRepeat.

Lisa loves all good music, with particular fondness for Jedward and David Bowie. She's interviewed Edward Grimes (Jedward), Kevin Godley, Trevor Horn, Paul Young, Peter Cox (Go West), Brendan B Brown (Wheatus), Bruce Foxton (The Jam), among many many more. Lisa is also available for freelance writing - please email

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