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.
youtube channel of the Philharmonia Orchestra London (UK)
Website Nigel Woodhouse
Nigel Woodhouse on Soundcloud
Website Philharmonia Orchestra London
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
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/