Blog

Blog

bluegrass

Tony Williamson – Mandolin Virtuoso – Musical Instrument Expert…

Today I read a long post about Tony Williamson. He just received the North Carolina Heritage Award.

Announced as a 2018 North Carolina Heritage Award recipient, Williamson, from Chatham County, is described as “a visionary musician, composer, musical instrument expert, teacher and mentor.” He blends multiple genres but still remains rooted in bluegrass.

The following video is a presentation of Tony Williamson.

2018 North Carolina Heritage Awardee Tony Williamson

Music is the backdrop of his life. Enjoy filmmaker Rodrigo Dorfman’s short documentary on 2018 North Carolina Heritage Awardee Tony Williamson.

Tone is a real expert for vintage instruments. He can tell many stories about the instruments and their history. He has given many presentations with vintage instruments and has recorded some great albums.

You can watch Tony Williamson and some great old mandolins in my playlist. The first four videos are from a presentation in the North Carolina Museum of History, Tony Williamson shows and plays a Gibson F5 mandolins, an F4 mandolin and a K2 mandocello.

Additionel information

Tony Williamson – 2018 North Carolina Heritage Award recipient 

North Carolina Heritage Award

Mandolin

Nigel Woodhouse presents the Mandolin

I have recently discovered this great video produced by the Philharmonia Orchestra from London (UK) with Nigel Woodhouse.

Nigel Woodhouse is a guitarist who does also play the mandolin, the banjo and other fretted instruments.

Nigel plays a Neapolitan (or Roman) mandolin based on a mandolin by Luigi Embergher and made for Nigel in 1993 by Japanese maker Yoshihiko Takusari. He also plays an A-style mandolin built by Mike Vanden. You can find some pictures of the two mandolins on Nigel’s website.

Nigel presents examples by Mozart, Mahler, Webern, Strawinsky, Prokofiev, Respighi and other important composers who used the mandolin in a symphony orchestra. He also shows the most important features and playing techniques of the mandolin.

Nigel Woodhouse – The Mandolin

In this film, Nigel Woodhouse introduces the mandolin. The mandolin has been used by many composers across the centuries to give special colour to the orchestra, often evoking folk music.

Additional information

youtube channel of the Philharmonia Orchestra London (UK)

Website Nigel Woodhouse

Nigel Woodhouse on Soundcloud

Website Philharmonia Orchestra London

choro

Raiz Latina – Spanish and Brazilian Music with Bandolim…

I have recently discovered the videos with a duo named Raiz Latina. The duo is composed of Irina Aleksandrovskaya brazilian ten-string mandolin and Saden Ferganiy seven-string flamenco guitar.

The duo plays Brazilian Choro music and also Spanish music arranged for 10-string bandolim and guitar.

I have not found more information, but the videos are great to watch.

Playlist Raiz Latina

 

bluegrass

Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike – Bluegrass

Valerie Smith and her Band Liberty Pike have played in Germany for several times. Valerie Smith has written several great Bluegrass songs, and she has played with many great Bluegrass musicians. Her discography lists currently 14 albums, the latest album “Small Town Heroes” will be published soon.

This year she played again at the IBMA convention.

I have compiled a Playlist with a selection of older and newer videos.

Playlist Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike

Additional Information

Valerie Smith – Airplay Direct

Valerie Smith-Here’s A Little Song: http://airplaydirect.com/music/HeresALittleSong/

Valerie Smith: http://airplaydirect.com/valeriesmith

Becky Buller – Little Bird: http://airplaydirect.com/Littlebird

Valerie Smith – Small Town Heroes: http://www.airplaydirect.com/music/SmallTownHeroes/