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Celtic Connections 2017 – A Great Festival for Celtic…

Celtic Connections is one of the biggest festival for Celtic Music. This year more than 2000 artists took part in the festival from 21 Jan – 5 Feb 2017

Many of my favorite artists and bands were part of the festival:

  • Kathy Fink & Marcy Marxer
  • Derek Gripper
  • Tommy Emmanuel
  • Maro O’Connor with his Family Band
  • Jayme Stone
  • Sarah Jarosz
  • Hamilton de Holanda
  • Laura Marling
  • Julie Fowlis
  • Eliza Carthy
  • Wildwood Kin
  • Mike Compton

And I had the chance to find some gret new bands that I did not know before:

  • Slododan Trkulja and Balkanopolis
  • Breabach
  • Darlingside
  • Atlantic Arc Orchestra
  • Karan Casey Band
  • Le Vent du Nord and De Temps Antan
  • Talisk

I have collected videos from the Celtic Connections 2017 in the following playlist. Enjoy!

Playlist Celtic Connections 2017

Additional information

Website Celtic Connections

BBC Celtic Connections – Audio and video performances from the BBC at Celtic Connections

Celtic Connections – Program overview (

Link collection Celtic Connections



The best videos from the German Bluegrass Jamboree 2016

The Bluegrass Jamboree 2016 is just over.

The Bluegrass Jamboree is organized every year by Rainer Zellner who is a mandolin player by himself and who joins the bands during the session at the end of each show with his Gibson F4.


During three weeks the three bands made a tour through Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Videos were filmed at several concerts.

I have collected the videos that were made from the concerts in Munich, Berlin, Dreieich, Bischofsmühle, Stuhr and Waldkraiburg in my playlist.

Enjoy the

  • The Honey Dewdrops
  • The Truffle Valley Boys
  • The Goodbye Girls

Playliste Bluegrass Jamboree 2016

Details about the Bluegrass Jamboree 2016 (German):

Additional information:



Merlefest 2012 – Mando Mania – A Great Concert…

Last month the yearly Merlefest took place in Wilkesboro. One of the shows is named Mando Mania – an all mandolin performance where some of the best mandolin players join to show that it is possible to play great music just with mandolins.

Mando Mania has first been organized by Tony Williamson in 1994 and has become a very popular mandolin event at the yearly Merlefest. Every year some of the best mandolin players take part in a concert with at least five mandolins.

This year the following players took part in this concert:

Sam Bush, Chris Thile, Sierra Hull, Joe Walsh, Tony Williamson

This is the Lonesome Fiddle Blues by Bill Monroe from the Mando Mania concert:

The program did also contain the following pieces:

  • Earl Scruggs Tribute – Foggy Mountain Breakdown
  • Brilliancy – Sam Bush und Chris Thile asl Duo
  • Ookpik Waltz – Solo von Chris Thile
  • Celtic Medley – Sierra Hull Solo
  • Chick that went hunting

I find it very interesting to watch and compare the different playing styles, techniques and sounds of the five players. Each of them has its own style, and together they make a great performance.

Playlist Mando Mania – Merlefest 2012

One year ago the Mando Mania concert was given by the following six mandolin players:

Nick Keen, Tim O’Brien, Tony Williamson, Sam Bush, Sarah Jarosz, Jesse Brock

This is the Bluegrass Stomp played with six mandolins:

Playlist Mando Mania – Merlfest 2011

Read more about Tony Williamson in the follown article: