Stary Olsa is a medieval band from Minsk, Belarus that has played throughout Europe. As an experiment they have played classic rock songs by Metallica, Deep Purple or The Beatles using their medieval instruments – and they had a big success with their performances and their youtube videos.
Now thay have just started a kickstarter campaign to produce their album “Medieval Classic Rock” – maybe you like to support this project?
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
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!
Recently I have listened to videos of the composition Azzurro for solo mandolin by Daigo Marumoto. This is a nice, dreamy composition for the mandolin, and so there are quite some videos of this composition played by the best Japanese mandolin players.
My favorite video besides the version by Masataka Hori at the beginning of the playlist is the following – with some reverb added to the sound which makes it sound like played in a big hall – and you can see the right hand of the player very well:
There is also a video where this piece is played on a mandola. The mandolin solo version by Tatiana Cro – one of the few mandolin players not from Japan in this playlist – is also very good, but the sound is very noisy, so it is not much fun to listen to it with headphones…
Daigo Marumoto has also composed two versions of Azzurro for mandolin orchestra. This is the fantastic, incredible version with the Japanese mandolin orchestra Arte Mandolinistica conducted by Yasunobo Inoue:
丸本大悟 / AZZURRO /ARTE MANDOLINISTICA+ARTE TOKYO
You can find the mandolin orchestra versions also in my playlist, including the video played by the GCEA mandolin orchestra from Madeira which plays only the second part.
Playlist Azzurro by Daigo Marumoto
There is a short discussion about this piece in the Mandolin Cafe Message Board: Daigo Marumoto
The sheet music for this piece is only available in Japan – unfortunately…
I have recently found a concert with Harrison Kennedy on the CBC Concerts on Demand site. Harrison Kennedy plays mandolin, guitar, banjo, harmonica and he sings.
During the 60s Harrison was a member of The Chairman of the Board and he was very successful:
In 1968 the Detroit POP GROUP “The Chairmen of the Board.” played all the top venues including JOHNNY CARSON’S TONIGHT SHOW, SOUL TRAIN and AMERICAN BANDSTAND and ENGLAND’S “TOP-OF-THE-POPS’, doing our hit, “Gimme Me Just A Little More Time.” C.O.T.B. had performances with B.B. KING, JAMES BROWN, SMOKEY ROBINSON, STEVIE WONDER, FUNKADELICS and more. C.O.T.B. also performed many times at NewYorks Famous HARLEM’S APOLLO THEATRE.
During the last years Harrison Kennedy has mainly sticked to the blues and he has recorde three CDs.
In the beginning Harrison used mainly the guitar or slide guitar to accompany himself, but recently he has discovered the mandolin, banjo and octave mandolin.
Here are some videos with Harrison Kennedy and his octave mandolin:
Harrison Kennedy – Tell the truth and shame the devil