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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.

composer

Silvio Ranieri – Souvenir de Varsovie

S. Ranieri – Souvenir de Varsovie

Silvio Ranieri is best known for his mandolin method in four parts, and for his recordings from the early 20th century.

But he is also a composer of some interesting pieces for the mandolin. His compositions are not played very often.

I have found a beautiful video of “Souvenir de Varsovie” played by the Japanese mandolin player Katsu Chikako (勝千賀子).

Sivio Ranieri (vintage postcard)

Playlist Silvio Ranieri

I have collected more videos of this composition by Sivio Ranieri in my playlist.

concert

Julien Martineau and Thibaut Garcia

Video – Live Concert Julien Martieau et Thibaut Garcia

Julien Martineau and Thibaut Garcia have given an online concert in January 2021. The complete concert is available as a youtube video.

Programme

Carlo Munier: Capriccio spagnuolo

Niccolò PAGANINI: Cantabile MS 109 / Sonata per Rovene MS 14 / Romanza MS 3 / Serenata MS 16

Raffaele CALACE: Rapsodia napoletana op. 66 / Mazurka VI op. 141 / Bolero op. 26

Astor PIAZZOLLA: Bordel 1900 (Histoire du Tango) / Nightclub 1960 (Histoire du Tango)

bluegrass

John Reischman – New Time & Old Acoustic

John Reischman has published his new CD “New Time & Old Acoustic” recently.

John Reischman has always impressed me with his soft and clear sound. On his new album John has compiled a set of new original compositions together with covers of traditional tunes.

Youtube playlist:

You can also listen to the CD and buy the CD or a digital download at bandcamp.com.

John Reischman gave an interview to the Mandolin Cafe