Chloe and Jason Roweth are two Australian musicians. I first discovered a video where they played an instrumental version of the old tune Just as the sun went down when I did some research about the composer Lyn Udall.
They are playing many interesting traditional tunes from Australia with mandolin, mandola and guitar. Sometimes they are joined by Bill Browne who adds some percussion to the songs, sometimes they play with a bigger band including other instruments like accordion, double bass and concertina.
Jason is a great storyteller, I love the combination of telling stories with mandolin & guitar in the background, this reminds me to the shows of the Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor.
I have compiled some of my favorite videos with Chloe and Jason Roweth in this playlist:
Playlist Chloe and Jason Roweth – Folk and Poetry from
Website Chloe & Jason Roweth
The Roweths bring cutting edge arrangements of Australian traditional music and poetry to the big stage. They work with new and old ballads, work songs, early country music, original music, poetry, yarns, and dance tunes, drawing explicit thematic connections between pieces to tell a larger story. These are the songs of the kitchen, verandah, shearers’ huts, the local, and the campfire in all their warmth, and ornery vitality. This is Australian entertainment with the hair still on it!
youtube channel Jason Roweth
Prairie Home Companion
I have recently discovered some great resources for the mandolin in Australia.
Federation of Australasian Mandolin Ensembles
On the website of the Federation of Australasian Mandolin Ensembles you can find information about the mandolin orchestras in Australia.
Most interesting is the FAME newsletter “Plucked Strings” which is published quartely. All the newsletters beginning with the June 2008 edition are availbale as PDF files for download.In those newsletters you can find reports about mandolin orchestras, important events and concerts, but also an interesting article series by Keith Harris about the fingering on the mandolin.
Divertimento for Two Mandolins and Guitar – Robert Schulz
Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/marissamando
Italian Mandolins from catalog “A.P. Sykes : importer of all kinds of musical instruments”
National Library of Australia – Sheet Music for Mandolin
List of available sheetmusic and other documents relating the mandolin:
The National Library of Australia has a digital archive that contains sheet music for the mandolin and the banjo from the beginning of the 20th century. This collection does also contain two volumes of an early Australian mandolin method, Arkins Correspondence Lesson for the Mandolin.
The complete 5 volumes of this method are available in the Library, but only Part 2 and 3 have been digitised. I have just bought part 4 which contains special instructions for learning the tremolo.
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