There are not so many documentations about Bluegrass available. This is a high quality 24 minute video about Bluegrass in Washington, D. C.
Washington D.C., The Bluegrass Capitol – The Story of Bluegrass in Washington, D.C.
I created this video when I was in graduate school pursuing an MFA in film. I have been working on a feature length documentary on The Seldom Scene for several years (I submitted a cut of it as my MFA thesis project) and for this project I interviewed Mike Auldridge (again), Dudley Connell (again), George McCeney, and Len Holslcaw. I will be uploading a few clips from my Seldom Scene documentary in progress over the next few days. With the recent passing of Mike Auldridge, I remembered countless conversations with Mike over the last twenty years or so and the three times I interviewed him on camera. I shot this interview with Mike in April 2004 and it is my favorite interview with Mike. He truly was what everyone has said he was– a true gentleman and a class act all the way. And thanks to Dudley Connell, Len Holsclaw and George McCeney as well.
More videos about Bluegrass History
The French ukulele site ukulele.fr pointed me today to British Pathé.
British Pathé is one of the oldest media companies, the founder of the company – Charles Pathé – began already in the 1890s to work with moving images.
They produced weekly movies with the events and news of the week for the cinamas and by this have collected a huge archive of movies from between 1900 and 1970 when they stopped producing the cinema newsreel.
The movies are now freely available for viewing on their website British Pathé
You can search for words like mandolin, ukulele or banjo to find movies with those instruments.
Einige interessante Videos mit Mandoline habe ich hier einmal zusammengestellt:
Dyke’s Romany Mandolin Band (1938)
This video shows some nice mandolins, obviously Calace models, and also a big mandoloncello. There are also some other videos with groups of mandolins and guitars.
Dieses Video zeigt die Spieler des Ensembles, die teilweise schöne Calace Mandolinen spielen, ausserdem ist ein großes Mandoloncello zu sehen. Es gibt noch einige andere Videos mit Ensembles mit Mandolinen.
Gaston Palmer (1937)
Gaston Palmer is using a mandolin with a small bowl and juggels with it, and at the end plays some notes on this mandolin.
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