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Henrik Luurtsema – Mandolin Player from the Netherlands –…

Hendrik Luurtsema is a mandolin player from the Netherlands. I have recently discovered his mandolin videos when I was looking for other recordings of Midnight on the Water which I had just recorded for my youtube channel.

When I was looking for more information about Hendrik I found his new blog where he is sharing recordings and sheet music of mandolin tunes composed by him. Hendrik presents his pieces with some background information about what has inspired him to compose the tune and about his recording.

Hendrik has played in Bluegrass bands Close to Home (information in German) and before in a folk band name Trice. He is currently active with his duo luurtsema & klein

Hendrik is also an active member of the Mandolin Cafe, he has recorded many videos for the Song of the Week social club.

This is his tune Circus Luurtieful

Playlist Hendrik Luurtsema

I have compiled my favorite mandolin tunes plyed by Hendrik in this playlist – you can find many more videos in Hendriks youtube channel.

Additional information

Het leven is vol met uitersten.

Soms is het vrolijk, soms is het mineur.

Soms een grap en grol, soms heel serieus.

luurtsema & klein bezingen met hun liederen alles waar het leven vol van is.

Hendrik plays – among other mandolins – a twopoint Bluegrass mandolin built by Teun van Duijvenbode




The Water Understands – 9 Horses

Just got a newsletter from 9 Horses with this great video The Water Understands. That’s the introduction for the video from the newsletter:

Working together with filmmaker Souki Mehdaoui, American Sign Language actor and performer Christina Dunams, electronic sound designer Justin Goldner, and our friends Nathan Koci on piano, Kevin Garcia on drums, and Reed Black from Vinegar Hill Sound, this short film features our newest composition the water understands, inspired by the Ralph Waldo Emerson poem ‘Water’. We’re really proud of this collaboration. It just felt good to be putting something beautiful into the world right now.

The poem is an observation on the dual nature of water; something which can “deketh” or “doubleth joy,” but ill used, “elegantly destroy.” With water levels rising around the world and cities like Venice and New Orleans (not to mention our home town of New York) fighting for their survival, and in the wake of the floods and subsequent humanitarian crises in Houston and South Asia, it feels especially timely.

9 Horses – The Water Understands

the water understands

by Joe Brent

Directed and edited by Souki Mehdaoui

ASL performance by Christina Dunams

9 Horses is:

  • Joe Brent, electric mandolin
  • Sara Caswell, violin
  • Andrew Ryan, bass
  • Justin Goldner, electronic sound design
  • Nathan Koci, piano
  • Kevin Garcia, drums

Based on the poem ‘Water’, by Ralph Waldo Emerson


Pizzicar Galante – Mandolin Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti –…

Pizzicar Galante – with mandolinist Anna Schivazappa and harpsichordist Fabio Antonio Falcone – are going to record their second CD with works by Domenico Scarlatti for mandolin and harpsichord.

Anna Schivazappa has studied the mandolin in Urbino and Padua in Italy and is currently working on her PHD in musicology.

The project is presented in the following video:

The first CD of Pizzicar Galante was dedicated to the composer Robert Valentini. The complete recording has been made available on youtube by the recording company Brilliant Classics:

You can support the project on the ulule crowdfunding website:

Additional information

Website Pizzicar Galante: www.pizzicargalante.com

  • Anna Schivazappa, mandolines baroques
  • Ronald Martin Alonso, viole de gambe
  • Daniel de Moraïs, théorbe
  • Fabio Antonio Falcone, clavecin

Bobby Osborne “Original” – A Great Bluegrass CD by…

Bobby Osborne has recorded his new CD “Original” at an age of 85. When I listened to this album I was immediatly fascinated by the songs and arrangements. The album has been made available as streaming on the website The Bluegrass Situation.

The CD was produced by Alison Brown. The project has been supported by the FreshGrass Foundation. Without this support this recording would not have been possible. Bobby Osborne was joined by several younger musicians:

The new album features an all star cast of pickers and singers collaborating with Bobby on an eclectic set of songs. Relative newcomers Sierra Hull and Trey Hensley team up with stalwarts Stuart Duncan and Todd Phillips on grass’d up versions of Paint Your Wagon’s “They Call The Wind Maria” and the Bee Gees’ “I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You.” The never before recorded Darrell Scott song “Kentucky Morning,” featuring Rob Ickes, gives a nod to Bobby’s heritage while the cover of “Make the World Go Away” with the lush twin fiddles of Buddy Spicher and Matt Combs evokes Music Row circa 1962. Bobby’s touring band the Rocky Top X-Press, with sons Wynn, Robby and Bobby Osborne Jr., deliver an updated version of the Osborne Brothers’ classic “Pathway of Teardrops” while Ronnie and Robbie McCoury, together with Josh Williams and Missy Raines, collaborate on a version of the obscure Mel Tillis song “Goodbye Wheeling.” Additional performers include Sam Bush, Vince Gill, Jim Lauderdale, Del McCoury, Darrell Scott, David Mayfield, Molly Tuttle, Bryan McDowell, and Kenny Malone.

For the recording Bobby Osborne made his very first music video, a great video that presents all the other artists of this project.

Playliste Bobby Osborne – Original – Konzerte

Additional Information

You can stream the album  “Original” by Bobby Osborne on the website The Bluegrass Situation:

Now 85, Bobby Osborne recently shot a music video — his first — for “Message,” the album’s lead single. In the video, he’s dressed in a pinstripe suit and strumming his mandolin while flanked by an all-star band of bluegrass musicians who played on the song, including Brown, Sierra Hull, Stuart Duncan, Trey Hensley, Claire Lynch, Todd Phillips and Rob Ickes.

You can buy the album from Amazon (Partnerlink)

Original – Bobby Osborne