I am currently reviewing a list of songs and tunes that I have collected for my band Blackberry Jam. A beautiful instrumental for the mandolin is A Prairie Jewel by John Reischman. John Reischman is one of the best sounding mandolin players that I know. His album North of the Border belongs to my all time favorite mandolin albums.
John Reischman : A Prairie Jewel
“A Prairie Jewel” is from John Reischman’s exquisite 2013 release, “Walk Along John”. His website is http://www.johnreischman.com “One of the most tasteful and accomplished mandolinists anywhere.” – Acoustic Musician
A live video of A Prairie Jewel can be found on the website of Peghead Nation:
My version as a Mandolin & Guitar duet:
I have not found any TABs for this tune, but as it is a slow tune it is easy to learn from the videos.
Buy John Reischman – Walk Along John (Amazon partnerlink)
Another great album by John Reischman – one of my favorite albums:
North of the Border
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.
My Version of The Valley of Malgum by Hendrik Luurtsema
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