Tag: Australia

Australia

Enoggera Ensemble

I have just discovered the videos with the Enoggera Ensemble from Brisbane, Australia. This Classical Folk Quartet is composed of four instrumentalists playing different kind of guitars, ukuleles, banjos and also mandolin. The repertoir includes music that was popular and has been played in Australia at the end of the 19th century, including Ragtimes, Dances, Serenades or popular pieces for the piano.

The Enoggera Ensemble recreates Australian colonial music for a modern audience, led by guitarist Duncan Gardiner with mandolinist Marissa Carrol, banjoist Joel Woods, and guitarist Dominic Ward

Duncan Gardiner is a guitarist, composer and teacher. He is researching about the history of the guitar in Queensland from 1842 until World War Two.

The Enoggera Ensemble has many great videos of their repertoir, including some complete concerts from last year. I have compiled the best videos in my playlist.

Playlist Enoggera Ensemble

Additional Information

Interview: https://www.thecreativeissue.com.au/day-in-the-life-duncan-gardiner-from-enoggera-ensemble/

TCI: What is the story behind Enoggera Ensemble?

DG: I started my research in 2017, looking into the history of the guitar in Queensland, since earliest colonisation. I was organising some concerts of historical guitar music in Queensland. Looking through the newspapers from the late 1800s to the 1920s-30s, I found the guitar was often paired with other plucked instruments, like mandolin and banjo. Queensland was home to many, like 20 or 30 or more large banjo, mandolin and guitar (or BMG) clubs, mandolin orchestras, guitar ensembles, and even Hawaiian groups with ukuele.

I wanted to put on a recital of music for guitar in an ensemble setting. I knew many guitarists, and I found someone who could play the banjo and mandolin, so I gathered the group together. We just went to do one concert, but it was so successful that everyone was telling us to form an established group and keep going. So, that’s basically how it started.

Website Duncan Gardiner

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Jimi Hocking – Blues Mandolin Player

Jimi Hocking is an Australian blues guitar player and singer who has discovered the mandolin some years ago. There are some great videos from a performance in Memphis.

Jimi Hocking has also performed together with Bert Deivert who is another well known blues mandolin player

Enjoy my playlist!

Jimi Hocking – Blues Mandolin

Jimi Hocking performing at the GH Hotel as part of the Andrea Marr Band’s fundraiser for their trip to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.

Additional information

Website Jimi Hocking

2007 saw Jimi release ‘Blue Mandolin’, his first album of mandolin-based tunes. Jimi’s unique stlye of ‘blues mando’ made an instant impact on the local scene, with Jimi performing mandolin tunes in a number of guises: solo, trio, ensemble, even as a part of his electric blues shows! See the Video page for a clip of ‘Skinny White Boy’, a song considered by many to be Jimi’s signature tune, and visit YouTube for heaps of live bootleg videos by fans.

Mandolin page: http://www.jimihocking.com/mandolins.htm

 

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Chloe and Jason Roweth – Folk Music and Poetry…

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

Additional Information

Website Chloe & Jason Roweth

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!

youtube channel Jason Roweth

Prairie Home Companion

 

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Stephen Lalor – Australian Mandolin Player and Composer for…

Stephen Lalor is a mandolin player and composer who lives in Australia. I have met Stephen during the Eurofestival Zupfmusik 2014 in Bruchsal.

Many of Stephen’s compositions are available as youtube videos. One of my favorite compositions – Kolo Kolo – is available in two different versions. The first recording is played by the Volatinsky Trio with Stephen Lalor playing the domra, together with violoncello and a hammered dulcimer. The second version is played by a more typical mandolin ensemble – the Ensemble Plektra. As many of Stephen’s compositions Kolo Kolo is based on folk dances from Eastern Europe.

Another piece that I liked very much is the Four String Swing, one of the few swinging composition for mandolins.

Stephen has composed for many different groups. You can find a composition for mandolin and harp (Ballade and Autostrada Waltz, played by Alison Stephens and Lauren Scott), and you can hear the Digeridoo as the typical Australian instrument in his Brisbane Suite.

Recently Stephen has been awarde a PhD for his compositions:

Stephen Lalor has recently been awarded a PhD (Composition) through the University of Sydney (May 2014). His folio of compositions for solo mandolin, solo guitar, mandola, string quartet and mixed ensemble (titled Ethnicities of Sound) were described as:

“sophisticated, compelling, cosmopolitan music compositions, which are beautifully rendered and replete with new sounds and virtuosic techniques that are deeply embodied by a musician-composer who is a specialist in the field of plucked instruments ….” (Dr Aileen Dillane, University of Limerick, Ireland)

I have compiled the following playlist with compositions by Stephan Lalor (focused on compositions for mandolin and other plucked instruments).

Playlist Stephen Lalor

List of compositions for the mandolin by Stephen Lalor

Additional information about Stephen Lalor