In one of the recent episodes of the Folk Radio Podcast – Folk Radio Episode 51 – I have discovered a song that I did like immediately – especially because I could recognize a nicely played mandolin. This way I have discovered the music of Scottish singer Iona Fyfe.
The song Swing and Turn is taken from the new album Dark Turn of Mind which got a review by Folk Radio. Folk Radio writes about Swing and Turn: „As for those iconic tradition-bearers mentioned earlier – Jean Ritchie was the source for the lively, upbeat Swing and Turn. Iona was inspired to take on this song after seeing it performed by Boston singer/fiddler Laura Cortese at the Orkney Folk Festival, and her own arrangement seems to celebrate the host of links between Scottish and Appalachian traditions. „
Guise of Tough – Celtic Connections 2018
On this video you can see the mandolin player Graham Rorie together with Iona Fyfe:
Iona Five has just got an award at the SCOTS Trad Music Awards 2018: Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year Sponsored by Traditional Music and Song Association – Iona Fyfe
On April 7, 2019 I was at a concert of the SWR Sinfonie Orchester in Freiburg. The program was composed of works by Frank Zappa. It began with three pieces from the Yellow Shark project. In 1992 Frank Zappa worked together with the Ensemble Moderne to produce a concert with his works played by a classical orchestra.
The mandolin player in Freiburg was Denise Wambsgans.
The world premiere of Yellow Shark took place at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt on Sept. 17, 1992. The recording of this concert is now available at youtube.
Video – The Yellow Shark 1992
The mandolin player in 1992 was Detlef Tewes. I have made some screenshots from the video showing Detlef Tewes with his mandolin and with Frank Zappa. Jürgen Ruck played guitar and banjo. This concert is really enjoyable and has some great moments, especially in the second part of the concert.
Dave Apollon was one of the most successful mandolin players in the 1930s. He produced many shows, and luckily some of his performances were also filmed and survived until today. So it is now possible to watch this great mandolin player. I have compiled some recent resources with films and music by Dave Apollon.
Dave Apollon – The Wishing Stone
Short film in good quality
7 Short Films
Compilation of 7 short films – poor image quality, but the sound is good.
Last year I have made several videos with Greek music. I have recently been asked about where to get this music to able to play it. In this post I will give some sources for sheet music of Greek folk tunes.
Playlist Greek Music for the Mandolin
Sources for Greek music
The book that I am using has the title: Folk Songs and Dances Harmonization G. Mavromoustakis Published by Edition Do.Re.Mi – Thessaloniki – Greece 1980
I have found part of this book again at musicnotes.com. If you search for Greek Folksongs you can find several tunes in the identical easy piano arrangement (by Jonathan Robbins).
You can find a great selection of Greek folk tunes on the site www.foldies.de on page Noten (you must use the selection “Noten” on the left top side).