The Mandolin Lovers Club (MLC) is a group of leading mandolin players in Japan.
The MLC has organized a competition for solo mandolin / mandola / mandoloncello performances. There was no limitation, everybody could make a video and take part in the competition. All videos were added to a playlist and everybody could vote for his favorite videos.
Winner of the competition: RADWIMPS mandolin cover by Yoshito Ishizu
The complete playlist with the 17 videos taking part in the competition.
I have first discovered Andrew Collins on the coolmandolin website where he had allowed his music to be played for the visitors. He belongs to the most interesting mandolin players that I know.
Andrew Collins founded his Andrew Collins Trio some years ago. Each of the three musicians plays several instruments. Andrew Collins plays mandolin, fiddle, guitar, mandola and mandocello, Mike Mezzatesta plays guitar, mandolin, fiddle and mandola and James McEleney plays bass and mandocello.
When they are on tour they take with them up to 13 instruments. The style of the trio is difficult to describe, its a musical fusion of classical to bluegrass, folk with jazz, swing with Celtic. Andrew Collins says that the trio gives him much freedom when playing and a lot of space to be filled.
The Andrew Collins Trio has just published a new double-CD tounge groove. CD 1 named Tounge contains 11 songs, while CD 2 named Groove contains eight instrumentals.
The previous CD And It Was Good was based on the biblical story Genesys about the creation of the World in seven days. For this CD the trio was joyned by a string quartet.
This trio can sound like a Bluegrass band, like a Jazz trio, but also like a classical plucked strings ensemble.
Promotional Video about the Andrew Collins Trio
I have found many great videos with the Andrew Collins Trio at youtube, and I have compiled this playlist – enjoy!
I have recently followed a discussion about the music of Calabria in the South of Italy. This has brought me to look for more sources of Calabrian music.
In the discussion a blog about the folk music of Italy has been mentioned. In the blog italianfolkmusic you can find a presentation of many albums with typical Italian folk music. The last update in this blog is from 2012. Previously audiofiles had been available as download from filesharing sites, but probably all those download sites are no more available today.
The first group from Calabria that I have found in this blog is Mattanza. Leader of the band is Mimmo Martinu. The band includes guitars, the chitarra battente – a typical for the South of Italy, tamburine, accordion, bagpipe and also mandolin or mandola.
Enjoy my playlist with music based on the folk music from Calabria played by Mattanza.
The Hooters are one of the bands that have been playing their music since the 1980s and who are still very active and successful with their music. And the Hooters are one of the bands who make use of the mandolin in their songs. Eric Bazilian plays the mandolin or mandola, John Lilly plays mandolin too in some songs. The Hooters do also use the recorder, the accorion or the melodica in their songs.
Some of the songs by the Hooters are well known and very popular, like Johnny B., All you Zombies or Satellite.
There are some live videos from the 1980, but I haven’t discovered a video with the mandolin from that time. But in the videos from recent years I have found many examples of songs with one or two mandolins. In some videos Eric Bazilian plays a doubleneck instrument with electric mandolin and guitar.
Let’s start with the song Karla with a K which has a long introduction with mandolin and accordion:
The Hooters – “karla with a k”
Another famous song is Johnny B. which starts with a recorder melody:
The Hooters – Johnny B (live in Hamburg Fabrik am 09.06.09)
Concert in Arena of Pop – Mannheim 2009 – with mandola and mandolin