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Italian

Michael Guggino and Barrett Smith – Mia Dolce Farfalla…

Michael Guggino is well known as the mandolin player with the Steep Canyon Rangers. But his Italian-American background has led him to play traditional Italian music on the mandolin. Barret Smith has spent a lot of time in Italy teaching guitar, but also experiencing the musical tradition with folk songs, tarantellas and mandolins.

For years they have played together for Italian Nights and other occasions. For some time they played as “Trio Guggino” with Nicky Sanders on the violin.

Trio Guggino Speranze Perdute

In the following video of an Italian Night Mike Guggino and Barret Smith give some information about their background.

Micheal Guggino and Barrett Smith of the Grammy award winning Bluegrass Band @The Steep Canyon Rangers preform classic Italian Folk songs at “Italian Night” at the Jordan Street Cafe in Brevard NC.

Michael Guggino and Barret Smith have used to make a recording of their favorite Italian tunes, “Mia Dolce Farfalla”. The CD is available at Spotify and youtube.

Mike and Barrett have been performing traditional Italian folk music on the mandolin and guitar for nearly two decades. The duo first met in college, while both were studying jazz and classical music but also getting their feet wet in bluegrass and American folk music. When Mike and Barrett aren’t touring with the band, they host “Italian Night” performances at local restaurants, music venues, and house concerts. Over the years, these widely popular events have provided them the perfect setting to develop their own unique musical expression of these exotic, Italian folk songs. The pandemic allowed them the time to finally record some of these songs.

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More Italian Folk Songs for Mandolin – Free Download

Years ago I have scanned parts 3 and 4 of a collection of Italian folk songs “Celebri Canti Popolari Itaiani” published around 1900 by Schmidl & Co. in Italy. Now recently I have got part 1 of this collection of Italian folk songs and have made it also available on my website MandoIsland.

You can find all 3 parts on the following page: Celebri Canti Pololari Italiani

I hope that I can get the missing part 2 some time and make it available too. I have collected videos of some of the songs in this first part of the collection.

No. 1 – Addio del Giusti / Addio all’Italia

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Rudy Cipolla – An American Original

I am currently preparing a program with Italian mandolin music. On my search for more music I have found some tunes by Rudy Cipolla and started listening to music by Rudy Cipolla.

The music from the CD Rudy Cipolla – Portrait of an American Original (Acoustic Disc) is available as youtube playlist and also on Spotify.

Playlist Rudy Cipolly – Portrait of an American Original

Spotify Playlist – Rudy Cipolla – Portrait of an American Original

One of my favorite tunes is the Study for two mandolins played by Radim Zenkl, a beautiful little duet.

I have made my own transcription of this duet and now have my own video:

This is another study for two mandolins – this one was recorded by Carlo Aonzo, David Grisman and Beppe Gambetta on the album “Traversata”

In the Mandolin Cafe you can find additional information in a discussion with pictures and also a link to a shared Dropbox folder by Sheri Mignano-Crawford with recordings from the Rudy Cipolla Memorial Tribute Concert and sheet music transcriptions of many Rudy Cipolla compositions.

Additional information

Discussion in the Mandolin Cafe with link to a collection of recordings and sheet music by Rudy Cipolla

Bio (Acoustic Disc)

Portrait of an American Original (Acoustic Disc)

Rudy Cipolla – Portrai of an American Original (discogs) with detailed information about all the tracks

LP – The World of Rudy Cipolla (Discogs)