I have recently heard a great song by the Dillards – Hey Boys. In this song you can hear the fantastic harmony-singing of the Dillards.
I would like to take the chance to present the Dillards in this blog. You can find detailed information about the Dillards in the wikipedia article (see below).
The Dillards have been engaged for the Andy Griffith Show in 1963 where they played the band The Darlings. The Darlings were the first band who brought Bluegrass to a wider audience in the USA.
The Andy Griffith Show
Though The Dillards were already an established bluegrass band, their biggest claim to fame is performing musically as members of the fictional Darling family on The Andy Griffith Show, introducing bluegrass to many Americans who had never heard it.
The appearances of the Dillards as the Darlings ran between 1963 and 1966.
The following video fromthe Judy Garland Show in 1963 is one of the funniest Bluegrass videos that I have seen up to now:
The Dillards – Buckin’ Mule – Judy Garland Show 1963
The Dillards are also known to be the first band that played the tune “Duelin’ Banjo” in 1963 in the Andy Griffith Show, a tune that has later become very popular.
Playlist “The Dillards”
The playlist contains some complete concert videos at the end. Enjoy the Dillards!
Wikipedia about The Dillards
Wikipedia about “Dueling Banjos”
Today I have played some tunes from Butch Baldassari’s book 30 Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin Taught by Butch Baldassari – including a tune named “Sugar in the Gourd” which was fun to play.
I have looked for some youtube videos and found some great performances of this tune as well as some very old recordings like the following recorded in 1930:
SUGAR IN THE GOURD by Gid Tanner and his Skillet Lickers with Riley Puckett and Clayton McMichen. Recorded in 1930. Good, old timey foot stompin’ hillbilly music. Enjoy!
Sugar in the Gourd is an oldtime tune, but it is also a tune that can be played in a bluegrass style. It is mostly played by the fiddle, the other instruments are mostly playing the acompaniment.
I recommend that you listen to my playlist and select your favorite version of the tune. The tune is a fast tune, a good tune to practice speed.
Sugar in the gourd was the song of the week in the Mandolin Cafe in May 2012 – in the thread about this tune you can find more information and other videos with mandolins.
Playlist “Sugar in the Gourd”
I can recommend the Butch Baldassari book – the tunes are all great to play and the CD that comes with the book helps to play the tunes properly.
You can find some free sheet music links for Sugar in the Gourd in my link collection sugar in the gourd
“30 Fiddle Tunes for Mandolin Taught by Butch Baldassari” (amazon partnerlink)
Claudio Mandonico is a composer from Italy. He has composed some of the most played modern pieces for mandolin orchestra. Especially his suite “Music for Play” is a great work that’s fun to play and also great to listen to. The “Suite Spagnola” includes typical Spanish music like the Habanera and the Pelota. The Jazz Rock Pop Suite includes three movements, especially the final Stomp is a great piece for encores.
If you are looking for interesting, modern pieces for your mandolin orchestra you should check the works by Claudio Mandonico.
I have compiled a playlist with all the videos of compositions by Mandonico for mandolin orchestra. And I have compiled playlists for each of the compositions to make it easier to listen to the music (I am trying to mve the best versions to the beginning of the playlist).
You can find videos of the following compositions:
- Music for Play
- Preludio e fuga
- Jazz Pop Rock Suite
- Ceciliana, variazioni su un tema di M. Roach
- 5 Variazioni Sul tiperatatupeti
- Suite Spagnola
- Riflessi sull’acqua (Reflections on the water)
- Calace Rag
- Esortazione e danza
- Invenzione a due (mandolin & mandola)
Playlist – Music for Play
Playlist – Suite Spagnuola
Playlist – Jazz Pop Rock Suite
Claudio Mandonico: Preludio e fuga
Claudio Mandonico: Improvviso
Claudio Mandonico: Ceciliana
Claudio Mandonico: 5 Variazioni Sul tiperatatupeti
Claudio Mandonico: Raveliana
Claudio Mandonico: Riflessi sull’acqua
Claudio Mandonico: Calace Rag
Claudio Mandonico: Epitafio di Sicilo
Claudio Mandonico: Invenzione a due
Claudio Mandonico: Esortazione e danza
Playlist Claudio Mandonico – all videos
Wikipedia (NL) about Claudio Mandonico
Most of the works by Claudio Mandonico have been published by Trekel:
Compositions by Mandonico available by Trekel Publishing Company, Hamburg
In the Songbook Choro you can find 97 of the best known and mostly played choros from Brazil. On my website www.mandoisland.de
I have compiled youtube videos of many of the 97 choros and also some information. I have recently started to check and update my youtube playlists with choros and will post more choro posts in my blog.
Murmurando is a choro by Otaviano Romeiro Monteiro who is better known as Fon-Fon.
Let’s start with a version sung by Odete Amaral from 1944:
An early version played by Jacob do Bandolim:
In my playlists you can find more verison with:
- Victor Angeleas (Bandolim) und Junior Ferreira (Akkordeon)
- Roda de Choro de Lisboa (mit Klarinette und Akkordeon)
- Nicolas Krassik (Violine)
- Nilze Carvalho (Bandolim)
- Joel Nascimento (Bandolim) – tolle Aufnahme eines Konzertes in Japan
- Choro das 3
Playlist Songbook Choro No. 61 – Murmurando by Fon Fon
Playlist 2 – Murmurando
Wikipedia about Otaviano Romero Monteiro (Fon Fon)
Otaviano Romeiro Monteiro (Santa Luzia do Norte, 31 de janeiro de 1908 – Atenas, 10 de agosto de 1951), mais conhecido como Fon-Fon, foi um compositor, maestro e instrumentista brasileiro. Foi o primeiro maestro a utilizar naipes de saxofones, trombones e trompetes, dando a sua orquestra uma sonoridade especial.
Songbook Choro pages on my website MandoIsland
Post about Fon-Fon in the Choro-Blog