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blues

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

 

Australia

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

 

composer

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

Australia

Discover Some Great Mandolin Resources in Australia – Sheet…

I have recently discovered some great resources for the mandolin in Australia.

Federation of Australasian Mandolin Ensembles

http://www.fame.asn.au/

On the website  of the Federation of Australasian Mandolin Ensembles you can find information about the mandolin orchestras in Australia.

Most interesting is the FAME newsletter “Plucked Strings” which is published quartely. All the newsletters beginning with the June 2008 edition are availbale as PDF files for download.In those newsletters you can find reports about mandolin orchestras, important events and concerts, but also an interesting article series by Keith Harris about the fingering on the mandolin.

Divertimento for Two Mandolins and Guitar – Robert Schulz

Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/marissamando

Italian Mandolins from catalog “A.P. Sykes : importer of all kinds of musical instruments”

National Library of Australia – Sheet Music for Mandolin

List of available sheetmusic and other documents relating the mandolin:

http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Search/Home?lookfor=mandolin&type=all&limit[]=&submit=Find&limit[]=format%3AOnline

The National Library of Australia has a digital archive that contains sheet music for the mandolin and the banjo from the beginning of the 20th century. This collection does also contain two volumes of an early Australian mandolin method, Arkins Correspondence Lesson for the Mandolin.

http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Search/Home?lookfor=mandolin+arkins&type=all&limit[]=&submit=Find&limit[]=format%3AOnline

The complete 5 volumes of this method are available in the Library, but only Part 2 and 3 have been digitised. I have just bought part 4 which contains special instructions for learning the tremolo.

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