Author: Michael Reichenbach

historical recordings

Strolling Mandolins – Raoul Meynard His Mandolins and Orchestra…

I was searching for videos of Mattinata by Amedeo Amadei today and did also find some videos of Mattinata by Leoncavallo. Those videos included a video by an orchestra named Raoul Meynard His Mandolins and Orchestra which made me curious.

Obviously the LP Strolling Mandolins  with 12 tracks was published by Warner Brothers Records in 1961, an EP Strolling Mandolins with only 4 tracks was published in the same year in Germany.

This is a great example of using mandolins and even a complete mandolin orchestra in a professional dance orchestra or bigband in the early 1960s.

This is the back cover of the LP that I have found:

… a quartet of mandolins, the bubbling style of Raoul Meynard, and all the romance of Italy

The subject of this lush album my Maestro Raoul Meynard is the mandolin – heard in solo, in duet and as a full orchestral section. He has taken the mandolin – a musical instrument traditionally associated with Romantic Italy – set in from of his sometimes lush, sometimes jaunty orchestra, and produced a sound that is both totally new and totally fetching.

And no wonder. Although admittedly a symbolic sound of Italy, the mandolin – no less than love itself – carries an International visa. It can be heard, enjoyed, and romanced to in any land.

For this recording, Raoul Meynard employed awhole section of mandolins, implemented them with several deeper-throated, rarely-heard mandolas, and wove them together with the sound of a guitar, a string bass, and a brisk percussion section. With these instruments, Meynard has fashioned a rich and brilliant sound, one evocative of every nuance of “the irresistible sounds of an Italian night.”

In Italy, the mandolin is known as “la voce cantante” – the singing voice. It is always carried close to the heart. Here is instrumental music with a singing voice. And here is music close to the heart. A magnificent serenade to lovers around the world.

Details about the Album at discogs

I have tried to find some information about Raoul Meynard, but I did not find anything useful. This is strange because Raoul Meynard has recorded several LPs except Strolling Mandolins.

You can listen to the tracks of Strolling Mandolin and some other tracks on youtube, I have compiled the following playlist:

Playlist Raoul Meynard His Mandolins and Orchestra

Another orchestra with a similar style in Europe was the Mandolin Club de Paris – see the following post:

Merken

blues

Jackie Venson – Bluesguitar – “Lots of guitar shredding,…

Jackie Vension is a young blues guitarist from Austin, Texas. She started with the classical piano and studied at Berklee College, but then decided to learn to play the electric guitar. In a short time she has developed her own style. Jackie Vension can perform solo using loopers, but she mostly plays with a trio with drums and bass.

In 2014 Jackie Vension won Modern Southern Showcase (Belk Departement Store) and got the chance to play concerts which really started her career. She made a trip to Berlin and was invided to play with a trio for a big Blues Festival in Poland. Now she has a busy schedule playing in the USA, but also in other countries.

“Lots of guitar shredding, and smiling, and dancing around”

I have recently discovered Jackie Venson’s videos at youtube and I could not stop listening to Jackie Venson. Enjoy Jackie Venson!

Playlist Jackie Venson

Additional information

Website Jackie Venson

Reverbnation Blog:

Belk Southern Musician Showcase Winner Jackie Venson: Why The Summer Tour Was ‘Like a Fantasy’

Jackie Venson may be young, but she’s already got years of music experience behind her. The up-and-coming multi-instrumentalist started her musical career as a classically trained pianist, then moved onto guitar and songwriting. Venson’s soulful, bluesy sensibilities recently received some well-deserved attention. She won the Belk Southern Musician Showcase and earned a spot on the Belk Summer Tour.

Interview with Jackie Venson

chitarra battente

Mattanza – Music from Calabria – South of Italy

I have recently followed a discussion about the music of Calabria in the South of Italy. This has brought me to look for more sources of Calabrian music.

In the discussion a blog about the folk music of Italy has been mentioned. In the blog italianfolkmusic you can find a presentation of many albums with typical Italian folk music. The last update in this blog is from 2012. Previously audiofiles had been available as download from filesharing sites, but probably all those download sites are no more available today.

The first group from Calabria that I have found in this blog is Mattanza. Leader of the band is Mimmo Martinu. The band includes guitars, the chitarra battente – a typical for the South of Italy, tamburine, accordion, bagpipe and also mandolin or mandola.

Enjoy my playlist with music based on the folk music from Calabria played by Mattanza.

Playlist Mattanza – Music from Calabria

Mattanza is the word for the traditional fishing of tuna which takes place every year. You can find some videos which show pictures from the Mattanza from the 1950s. Read more “Mattanza – Music from Calabria – South of Italy”

folk

Trio Dhoore – Endless Dancing

I have discovered the Trio Dhoore from a mixcloud podcast about the Celtic Connections 2018 in Glasgow.

Trio Dhoore is composed of three brothers:

  • Koen Dhoore: electro-acoustic hurdy gurdy
  • Hartwin Dhoore: diatonic box
  • Ward Dhoore: acoustic guitar

Trio Dhoore has played at the important folk festivals and has just finished a tour in Austria. Endless Dancing is the most popular track from their last CD Momentum. I have compiled a playlist with the best tunes by Trio Dhoore – Enjoy!

Playlist Trio Dhoore

Euan Morrison compiles a weekly one-hour Folk Show on Aberdeen Student Radio, the show is available on Mixcloud. YOu can always discover interesting bands and tunes in this podcast!

The Folk Show – WEEKLY, MONDAY 1700-1800

An hour of the best folk and acoustic music from Scotland and beyond, With Euan Morrison. Tracklist and more: www.curlypiper.weebly.com/folkshow.

www.aberdeenstudentradio.co.uk


Additional Information

Website Trio Dhoore

Website Hartwin Dhoore

Shetland Folk Festival about Trio Dhoore

In only five years and with three full albums, Trio Dhoore have launched themselves a top Flemish folk export.  They blend traditional music from Flanders with their own style to create an energetic sound that will make you sit on the edge of your seat. Their “rooted folk music” breathes life, freedom and energy into a repertoire of traditional Flemish tunes (and the occasional song) and their own self-penned material. They create an immersive soundscape where folky grooves, melancholy melodies and intuitive interplay combine to unique effect.