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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”


The Making of a Mandoline – Windsor Magazine XVIII…

I have just discovered an article published in the Windsor Magazine Vol. XVII in 1903 about a mandolin workshop in the UK. The author describes the steps used for making a mandolin in the workshop of J. G. Winder. Winder had started the making of mandolins in the UK. He is also known as a builder of zither banjos.


Source: Windsor Magazine, Vol. XVIII, 1903

Gallery – The Making of a Mandoline

(klick any image to start gallery!)

Video – JG Winder Open back 5-string Banjo

Additional information

The Vintage Banjo Maker about J. G. Winder

Zitherbanjo by J.G. Winder – Zither Banjo Website


Francesco Mammola – Mandolin Player from Italy – Mandolin…

Francesco Mammola is a young mandolin player from Italy. He has studied in Aquila and has passed with distinction in 2015. His favorite instrument is the mandolin, but he plays the piano and the accordion as well.

During the last years he has given many concerts in Italy and whole Europe. Last year he gave a concert at the festival “Le strade d‘Europa” in Lithuania. The videos made by the local TV station are available at youtube with mandolin concertos by Caudioso, Giuliano and Vivaldi.

Playliste Francesco Mammola und Čiurlionis Quartet

Francesco Mammola, mandolin

Nijolė Dorotėja Beniušytė, harpsichord


Jonas Tankevičius (I Violin)

Darius Dikšaitis (II Violin)

Gediminas Dačinskas (Viola)

Saulius Lipčius (Violoncello)

Filmed at the 9th International Music Festival “Le strade d‘Europa”, 12th November 2017, Vilnius

Francesco Mammola is very active as a mandolin teacher and director of youth ensembles like the Giovane Orchestra Pescolana.

In the following video he plays the famous song Tu vuò fà l’americano by Renato Carrosone to present the mandolin:

Tu vuò fà l’americano

I have made a large playlist with videos with Francesco Mammola. The playlist starts with the videos of a concert given in November 2016. Mammola plays the mandolin together with clarinet, bossoon and piano. The play Italian music with works by Ennio Morricone, Rossini, music from the movie La Vita è Bella, Carneval of Venice, a potpourri with Neapolitan folk songs and the Czardas by Vittorio Monti. The playlist includes some videos from the EXPO in Milano in 2015 where Francesco Mammola played Italian folk music together with Lino Giusti on the guitar.

A concert of the Quintetto a Pizzico Aquilano with Francesco Mammola given in London in June 2013 is also included in the playlist. Read more “Francesco Mammola – Mandolin Player from Italy – Mandolin Concertos and Italian Music”

favorite tunes

John Reischman: A Prairie Jewel – A Beautiful Tune…

I am currently reviewing a list of songs and tunes that I have collected for my band Blackberry Jam. A beautiful instrumental for the mandolin is A Prairie Jewel by John Reischman. John Reischman is one of the best sounding mandolin players that I know. His album North of the Border belongs to my all time favorite mandolin albums.

John Reischman : A Prairie Jewel

“A Prairie Jewel” is from John Reischman’s exquisite 2013 release, “Walk Along John”. His website is http://www.johnreischman.com “One of the most tasteful and accomplished mandolinists anywhere.” – Acoustic Musician

A live video of A Prairie Jewel can be found on the website of Peghead Nation:


My version as a Mandolin & Guitar duet:

I have not found any TABs for this tune, but as it is a slow tune it is easy to learn from the videos.

Chord Chart:

Buy John Reischman – Walk Along John (Amazon partnerlink)

Another great album by John Reischman – one of my favorite albums:

North of the Border