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The Stoneman Family – With Donna Stoneman on Mandolin,…

I have discovered the Stoneman Family some time ago. I was immedately thrilled by the performance of the group, especially by Donna Stoneman on the mandolin. I have learned that Roni Stoneman is considered “The First Lady Of Banjo”.

You can see Donna Stoneman and her mandolin in the following video:

Donna is moving all the time, dancing, jumping and at the same time plays great and energetic mandolin music. And the performances by the Stoneman Family are almost always very funny.

Donna Stoneman

You can learn about the biography of the Stoneman Family in the following video:

Stoneman Family Bio

The Stoneman Family – Goin Up Cripple Creek

That’s one of the signiture pieces by the Stoneman Family:

Playlist Stoneman Family

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Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra – Since 1900 – Ragtime, Vivaldi,…

The Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra has continuously existed since 1900 – that’s more than 100 years. It is the longest existing mandolin orchestra in the USA and certainly one of the longest existing mandolin orchestras in the world. Early in the 20th century up to eight mandolin orchestras existed in Milwaukee, there were composers for mandolin orchestras and luthiers who built mandolins, mandolas and guitars. Today the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra is the only one that has survived.

In recent years the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra was very active again and this year the Classical Mandolin Society of America will hold the yearly convention in Milwaukee.

I have compiled a playlist of videos with the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra below. On the youtube channel you can find the following short introduction video:

Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra Introduction Video

Pictures from more than 100 years of Mandolin Music in Milwaukee

Playlist Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra

Enjoy the playlist with Ragtimes, Fats Waller songs, musical and opera melodies and classical selections by Antonio Vivaldi or Johann Sebastian Bach!

Additional Information

Wilwaukee Mandolin Orchestra at youtube

Website Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra

The Bonne Amie Musical Circle, under the performance name “Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra (MMO),” is the oldest fretted-instrument music organization in the United States.

The Orchestra plays music arranged for 1st and 2nd mandolin, mandola, mando-cello, guitar, flute, mando-bass, percussion and voice. The MMO was organized in Milwaukee in 1900 and has been in continuous operation in this city since that time.

Led by Music Director Rene Izquierdo, the MMO’s repertoire centers on the best in traditional American mandolin orchestra music (waltzes, tangos, marches and polkas) plus light classical, modern, Italian and Latin numbers. We regularly perform our unique repertoire at music festivals and concert halls around Wisconsin and occasionally outside the State of Wisconsin.

The Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra Plays On, 114 Years Later

The Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra has been making music since 1900. It is the oldest fretted instrument organization in the country.

In the 114 years of its existence, the orchestra has performed countless times – including twice on the very popular public radio program A Prairie Home Companion.

Summer Sound: Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra and The Painted Caves

But the 15 or so players in the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra—the number varies by performance based on players’ availability—don’t all play mandolins. According to manager (and mandolinist) Ruth Williams, the group also includes mandola, mando-cello, guitar, bass, and voice. At the farmers market this month, local baritone Rick Kieffer will sing a number of songs with the group.

Their repertoire, as you might expect from a group called the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra, is mostly classical and traditional compositions written or arranged for mandolin orchestra. In particular, they’ll be playing some Italian pieces featuring Kieffer.

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Glen Duncan – A Master of the Bluegrass Fiddle

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.

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The Hooters – Great Songs with Mandolins, Accordion, Recorder…

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)

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

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