Tag: Australia


Discover Some Great Mandolin Resources in Australia – Sheet…

I have recently discovered some great resources for the mandolin in Australia.

Federation of Australasian Mandolin Ensembles


On the website  of the Federation of Australasian Mandolin Ensembles you can find information about the mandolin orchestras in Australia.

Most interesting is the FAME newsletter “Plucked Strings” which is published quartely. All the newsletters beginning with the June 2008 edition are availbale as PDF files for download.In those newsletters you can find reports about mandolin orchestras, important events and concerts, but also an interesting article series by Keith Harris about the fingering on the mandolin.

Divertimento for Two Mandolins and Guitar – Robert Schulz

Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/marissamando

Italian Mandolins from catalog “A.P. Sykes : importer of all kinds of musical instruments”

National Library of Australia – Sheet Music for Mandolin

List of available sheetmusic and other documents relating the mandolin:


The National Library of Australia has a digital archive that contains sheet music for the mandolin and the banjo from the beginning of the 20th century. This collection does also contain two volumes of an early Australian mandolin method, Arkins Correspondence Lesson for the Mandolin.


The complete 5 volumes of this method are available in the Library, but only Part 2 and 3 have been digitised. I have just bought part 4 which contains special instructions for learning the tremolo.

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Samantha Muir – Impressive Guitar Player from Down Under

When I did a review of my post about Maria Linnemann I have found some video clips by Samantha Muir, a guitarist from Australia. Samantha Muir has also recorded several pieces by Maria Linnemann.

I have watched several clips from Samantha Muir’s youtube channel. Her current channel video is a video with two guitar pieces, a modern composition by Phillip Houghton and the well known Präludium from the lute suite BWV 1007 by J. S. Bach in an arrangement by Samantha Muir.

God of the Northern Forest + Bach BWV1007

Two contrasting pieces:

1. God of the Northern Forest by Australian composer Phillip Houghton.

2. Prelude BWV 1007 by JS Bach transcribed by me, Samantha Muir

This video is my audition for the Cape Town International Guitar Competition 2011 🙂

I can really recommend the youtube channel of Samantha Muir if you like to listen to some good guitar music.

This is another example, a composition by Maria Linnemann:

Murmures by Maria Linnemann

Additional Informationen

Webiste Samantha Muir: http://www.samanthamuir.com/

Youtube channel Samantha Muir: http://www.youtube.com/user/sammu5

my previous post about Maria Linnemann:


Stephen Lalor – Domra / Mandolin / Steve Lalor…

Stephen Lalor will attend the Eurofestival Zupfmusik in Juni in Bruchsal. Here is the only video with Stephen Lalor that I have found:

Mandolin Solo Domra Stephen Lalor “Kolo Kolo”

World music mandolin domra solo Russia Volatinsky Trio Australia

I have found some other Videos with a singer and guitarist named Steve Lalor – but obviously this is another person:

He Was A Friend Of Mine (Bob Dylan) – Steve Lalor & Paul Gillingham

Steve Lalor and Paul Gillingham sing Bob Dylan’s “He Was A Friend Of Mine” at the NW Folklife Festival (Seattle), Stan James Tribute Concert, May 24, 2009. Sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Folklore Society.

And finally a family video – no need to watch the pictures – but listen to the music: Song – “Auld Lang Syne” by Steve Lalor.

More information about Stephen Lalor can be found in my newer post:


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The adventures of the Duyfken: Suite for mandolin orchestra…

Recently I have found some videos of a new composition for mandolin orchestra and percussion by Australian composer Richard Charlton: The adventures of the Duyfken

The vessel Duyfken was a Dutch ship that was the first ship to reach Australia in 1606:

In 1606, the small Dutch ship Duyfken sailed from the Indonesian island of Banda in search of gold and trade opportunities on the fabled island of Nova Guinea.

Under the command of Willem Janszoon, Duyfken and her crew ventured south-east. They sailed beyond Os Papuas (Papua New Guinea) and explored and chartered part of the coast of Nova Guinea. They did not find gold – but they did find the northern coast of a huge continent: Australia. Captain Janszoon was the first European to map and record Australia in history so Duyfken‘s voyage marks the beginning of Australia’s recorded history.

Richard Charlton composed The adventures of the Duyfken in 2007:

“Commissioned by Geoffrey Barber with funds from the Australian Mandolin Music Association…”–P. i.

The first two videos show a performance by the dutch mandolin orchestra Eerste Schiedamse Mandolineorkest ONI:

The Adventures of the Duyfken – Richard Charlton, PART ONE

The Adventures of the Duyfken – Richard Charlton PART TWO

The next two videos were played by the West Australian Mandolin Orchestra conducted by Robert Schulz. The WAMO announces on its homepage that it will travel to France and Germany in June 2010 – I guess that the orchestra will also play at the big Eurofestival in Bruchsal.

The Adventures of the Duyfken – R. Charlton PART ONE

The Adventures of the Duyfken – R. Charlton PART TWO

Finally another video with one movement of this suite played by the British group Fretful Federation:

The Fretful Federation play Charlton’s Duyfken Arafura Sea

Additional information:

The original Duyfken: http://www.duyfken.com/original/

Website of the Eerste Schiedamse Mandolineorkest ONI: http://www.mandolineorkestoni.nl/

Website of the WAMO: http://www.wamo.com.au/

Youtube chanel of the WAMO: http://www.youtube.com/user/wamandolinorchestra

Website of the Fretful Federation: http://www.fretful-federation.co.uk/