Mandolin Mountain is a mandolin orchestra founded by Jouni Koskimäki from Finland. This year they were the main act for the Saku Mandolin Festival 2016. It’s fun to watch the group perform, as you can see from the following GIFs that I have created form some of the videos:
Mandolin Mountain has played at the Eurofestivals of the BDZ in Bruchsal, they have played in Spain in 2015 and now this year in Estonia. I have met Jouni Koskimäki several times in Trossingen and in Bruchsal.
The mandolin scene in Estonia is making great efforts to make the mandolin more popular.
Playlist Mandolin Mountain Saku Mandolin Festival
Mandolin Mountain – Information
MANDOLIN MOUNTAIN, alias MaMo is a Mandolin Orchestra, which was founded in autumn 2007 at the Department of Music at the University of Jyväskylä. Such a large Mandolin Orchestra has previously been seen in Finland way back in the Thirties. MaMo is Finland’s biggest, most dynamic and most beautiful Orchestra concentrating on mandolin music – MaMo captures its audiences with skillful performances and tremendous stage charisma.
Website Jouni Koskimäki
Information about the Saku mandolin orchestra from Estonia:
We are an orchestra of 33 players from Saku, Estonia (Estland).
We organize an annual mandolin festival and give many concerts with different programs.
Our FB page:
The festival FB page:
You can find many videos by searching Youtube with Saku Mandoliinid.
Next summer we will perform together with Mandolinen Orchester Bayer Leverkusen.
Estonia has a strong mandolin tradition. Other orchestras active in Estonia:
Eesti Mandoliinide Orkester
Glen Duncan is a fiddle player who has played with Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, Johnny Cash and other important Bluegrass and Country musicians , and he has done a lot of studio work in Nashville.
I have recently compiled a playlist with videos with Glen Duncan.
The History of Bluegrass Legend Glen Duncan
Playlist Glen Duncan
Glen Duncan: A Standout Fiddler in a Crowd of Pickers
“There”s thirteen-hundred and fifty-two guitar pickers in Nashville, and they can pick more notes than the number of ants on a Tennessee anthill.”
No player in Nashville is more capable than Glen Duncan. A multi-instrumentalist who specializes in fiddle, Duncan’s discography contains more album titles than some people’s entire CD collections.
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
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)
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