The Hooters – Great Songs with Mandolins, Accordion, Recorder and Melodica

The Hooters are one of the bands that have been playing their music since the 1980s and who are still very active and successful with their music. And the Hooters are one of the bands who make use of the mandolin in their songs. Eric Bazilian plays the mandolin or mandola, John Lilly plays mandolin too in some songs. The Hooters do also use the recorder, the accorion or the melodica in their songs.

Some of the songs by the Hooters are well known and very popular, like Johnny B., All you Zombies or Satellite.

There are some live videos from the 1980, but I haven’t discovered a video with the mandolin from that time. But in the videos from recent years I have found many examples of songs with one or two mandolins. In some videos Eric Bazilian plays a doubleneck instrument with electric mandolin and guitar.

Let’s start with the song Karla with a K which has a long introduction with mandolin and accordion:

the hooters “karla with a k”

Another famous song is Johnny B. which starts with a recorder melody:

The Hooters – Johnny B (live in Hamburg Fabrik am 09.06.09)

Konzert in Arena of Pop – Mannheim 2009 – with mandola and mandolin

The following playlist includes many great videos from recent years and from the early time of the band.

Playlist The Hooters

Additional Information

Homepage: The Hooters

Wikipedia about The Hooters

Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds:

CD The 30th Anniversary Box-Set with The Hooters (Amazon Partnerlink)

Double-CD Both Sides Live (Amazon Partnerlink)

Washington D.C., The Bluegrass Capitol – The Story of Bluegrass in Washington, D.C.

There are not so many documentations about Bluegrass available. This is a high quality  24 minute video about Bluegrass in Washington, D. C.

Washington D.C., The Bluegrass Capitol – The Story of Bluegrass in Washington, D.C.

I created this video when I was in graduate school pursuing an MFA in film. I have been working on a feature length documentary on The Seldom Scene for several years (I submitted a cut of it as my MFA thesis project) and for this project I interviewed Mike Auldridge (again), Dudley Connell (again), George McCeney, and Len Holslcaw. I will be uploading a few clips from my Seldom Scene documentary in progress over the next few days. With the recent passing of Mike Auldridge, I remembered countless conversations with Mike over the last twenty years or so and the three times I interviewed him on camera. I shot this interview with Mike in April 2004 and it is my favorite interview with Mike. He truly was what everyone has said he was– a true gentleman and a class act all the way. And thanks to Dudley Connell, Len Holsclaw and George McCeney as well.

More videos about Bluegrass History

Evan Marshall – Mandolin Virtuoso – Master of Duo-Style – William Tell, Schubert, Ode to Joy

Evan Marshall is one of the few mandolin players who has a preference for solo performances and solo arrangements. His repertoir is composed of some of the most famous classical masterpieces arranged for the solo-mandolin. Up to now I have not presented Evan Marshall in this blog – it’s time to do so!

Evan is a virtuoso player who can play everything on the mandolin. He masters the so called duo-style technique perfectly and uses this for his solo arrangements. It’s incredible what Evan can play on his Gilchrist mandolin – I just can say my favorite quote “little mandolin – big sound”.

In the interview on the Mandozine website Evan tells that the first piece that he tried to play as a solo was the famous guitar piece Recuerdos de la Alhambra by Tarrega. He thought that it should be possible to transfer the guitar tremolo technique to the mandolin too. Later he discovered the classical mandolin methods by Pettine and mandolin solo pieces by Francia that were using the same technique earlier.

But not only duo-style, also other incredible techniques are used by Evan. Check the following Caprice No. 3 and see what he can do with the tear-off (or pull-off) technique to play an incredible number of notes in the shortest time:

Evan is also playing in other ensembles. With Scott Gates and Brian Oberlin he played as a mandolin duo. Last year Brian Oberlin and Evan have recored a duo CD “Twin Mandolin Slingers”. This is a short video of one of their duo performances:

Evan has also played for many years in a Disneyland show in Anaheim, California as a member of the Band Billy Hill & the Hillbillies. Especially the solo arrangement of the William Tell Ouverture was his signature piece and a great success in those shows. There are some videos from a show in 1997. In the following example Evan plays the violin – which was his first instrument before he made the mandolin his favorite instrument:

Playlist Evan Marshall Solo-Mandolin / Mandolin Duets and more

Including more than 60 videos: William Tell Ouvertüre von G. Rossini, Pastorale von Händel, Ave Maria by Schubert, Ode to Joy by Beethoven, some Xmas-songs from his Christmas-CD, Caprices by Evan Marshall, Mozart violin concert, Bluegrass Duets with Scott Gates, Vivaldi concer in a duo arrangement and much more. Enjoy Evan Marshall!

Additional Informationen

Classical music, bluegrass, and pop are fused through the mandolin playing of Evan Marshall. Inspired equally by late classical violinist Jascha Heifitz and the dean of country guitar, Chet Atkins, Marshall has crafted a highly experimental approach to the mandolin that blends bass lines, chordal accompaniment, and tremolo melodies without overdubs.

CD recommendations (Amazon partnerlink)

The Lone Arranger
A Mandolin for Christmas
Twin Mandolin Slingers

The Waiakea Intermediate Ukulele Band – More than 40 Years – Fun with Ukulele – Hawaii

The Waiakea Intermediate School has a Ukulele Band which had its 40th anniversary in 2010. The school still offers this ukulele band as well as a concert band. The band plays pieces like Hilo March, Under The Double Eagle March, Jingle Bells, Carol of the Bells an has made tours to the USA and to Japan. I have not found newer videos of this ukulele band, but I found that the band still plays from time to time.

It’s fun to watch the boys and girls play with their ukuleles and dance a difficult dance from the Philipines.

Waiakea Intermediate Ukulele Band 2009-2010

Playlist Waiakea Intermediate Ukulele Band Playlist

 

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