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chitarra battente

Mattanza – Music from Calabria – South of Italy

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.

Playlist Mattanza – Music from Calabria

Mattanza is the word for the traditional fishing of tuna which takes place every year. You can find some videos which show pictures from the Mattanza from the 1950s. Read more “Mattanza – Music from Calabria – South of Italy”

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The Hooters – Great Songs with Mandolins, Accordion, Recorder…

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

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Stary Olsa – Medieval Classic Rock! – Metallica, Beatles…

Stary Olsa is a medieval band from Minsk, Belarus that has played throughout Europe. As an experiment they have played classic rock songs by Metallica, Deep Purple or The Beatles using their medieval instruments – and they had a big success with their performances and their youtube videos.

Instruments played by Stary Olsa
Instruments played by Stary Olsa

Now thay have just started a kickstarter campaign to produce their album “Medieval Classic Rock” – maybe you like to support this project?

Listen to my Stary Olsa playlist:

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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

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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!

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