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London 2013 – Melange – World Music from the…

During our hilidays in London we have visited two free concerts in the National Portrait Gallery. The second concert was given by a group named Melange.

Melange was  founded by the cellist Shirley Smart.

She has spent many years in Israel and has become acquainted with the music of the East. Melange is playing a mix of World Music from different regions of the world, using instruments like the cello of Shirley Smart, the Arabian oud or the saxophone.

The concert in the National Portrait Gallery was given by a trio with cello, accordion and percussion. The program contained a mix of pieces from the Middle East and from Africa.

I have found some videos with the group Melange from London:

Lamma bada – Melange

Melange live at Hootananny

Melange is also playing the music of South America, including Argentinian tango and Brazilian choro. I have found the following video of a performance that includen Anselmo Netto playing the bandolim, they play a version of the Czardas by V. Monti in a more Brazilian style:

Anselmo Netto Quintet @ The Gallery Cafe : Czardas

Anselmo Netto Quintet perform live at the Gallery Cafe on 24th June 2011

Anselmo Netto ; Bandolim
Netto Pio : Guitar
Shirley Smart : Cello
Matheus Nova : Bass
Kleyton Macedo : Drums

Playlist Melange + Shirley Smart


youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/shirlsmart/videos

Website Melange: http://www.melangecollective.com/

Melange (reverbnation): http://www.reverbnation.com/melangecollective

London Mandolin Ensemble mandolin ensemble

London 2013 – A Rehearsal with the London Mandolin…

The London Mandolin Ensemble was founded in 2012. In previous years existed an earlier London Mandolin Ensemble, but for many years there was not much mandolin ensemble music in London.

London Mandolin Ensemble is a small chamber orchestra of around a dozen musicians and conductor. Our members are keen plucked string players from London and the surrounding areas.

We are pleased to have revived, in name at least, the original London Mandolin Ensemble,
which first met in Petit France and then Pimlico, London, in the early 1970s. Members of this group included Paul Marquis, who studied and worked with virtuoso mandolinist Hugo D’Alton at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and the British composer Eileen Packenham.

Our repertoire covers a wide range of classical music, from early music to contemporary works. Instrumentation is based on the Romantic quartet tradition of mandolin 1, mandolin 2, octave mandola and guitar.

On Tuesday we have visited the rehearsal of the London Mandolin Ensemble. We rehearsed the mandolin concerto by Hasse, the Canon by Pachelbl and started with a piece by Eileen Packenham with a lot of chromatic scales. The rehearsal was conducted by Travis Finch who has studied with Alison Stephens. Travis does also organize a regular workshop for the mandolin players in London.

In recent years the London Mandolin Festival has been organized every year. There are some videos from the performances of the London Mandolin Festival at youtube:

Playlist London Mandolin Festival

Back in 1955 and 1949

The BMG has organized Banjo and Mandolin Festivals in the 1940s and 1950s, British Pathe has two short videos about the festivals of 1949 and 1955 – you can see many anjo players, but also some mandolins:

Plenty of Pluck (1951)

Musicians of Britain’s Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar Clubs are arriving at Red Lion Square with instruments. An orchestra plays ‘Mind the Guns’ conducted by Phil Barker.

Music Festival on Strings (1949)

Participants are arriving, later a big Orchestra is playling.

Back in 1903

In 1903 a big mandolin orchestra has played in Queen’s Hall and in the Crystal Pallace. The following postcard shows”The Largest Mandoline Band in the World”


Worlds Largest Mandoline Band 1903
Worlds Largest Mandoline Band 1903

Additional Information

On the website of the London Mandolin Ensemble you can find additional information about the members and the conductor of the ensemble, about the rehearsals and a lot of more interesting information about the mandolin.

Website: http://www.londonmandolinensemble.org.uk/

Youtube Channel Travis Finch: http://www.youtube.com/user/ttamsivart/videos

About  Travis Finch: http://www.chadlingtonfestival.org.uk/artists/finch/

Website of the BMG: http://www.banjomandolinguitar.org/




Laura-Beth Salter (Mandolin) – New CD “Breathe” – Jenn…

On tumblr I have found the announcement of a new CD by Laura-Beth Salter. Laura-Beth Salter sings and plays the mandolin. She performs together with Jenn Butterworth as a duo, but mainly she is a member of the band Shee, a band composed of five women. The new album Breathe will be published on July 1st, the first song from this album Carry Me is available at bandcamp already.

Laura-Beth Salter’s debut album ‘Breathe’ will be released on the 1st of July 2013. You can pre-order now and download a free track at http://laurabethsalter.bandcamp.com/album/breathe

The style of Laura-Beth Salter is influenced by the Celtic tradition of her country, but also by American root music, blues, oldtime and bluegrass. The recordings that I have found made me curious for the coming CD.

In my playlist I have also added recordings with The Shee. This band with fiddle, guitar, accordion, harp, flute, singing and also step dance has very successfully played at folk festivals in the UK, and some great videos can be found at youtube.

Let’s start with a great video with Jenn Butterworth and Laura-Beth Salter:

Jenn Butterworth & Laura-Beth Salter – ‘Come to Jesus’

A great performace of  The Shee – Troubles:

The Shee – Troubles – Live Crawley Folk Festival 2010

Playlist Jenn Butterworth & Laura-Beth Salter / The Shee

Additional Information

Website Laura-Beth Salter: http://laurabethsalter.com/

Laura-Beth is a mandolin player and vocalist from Lincolnshire who is now based in Glasgow. Her background is in the Blues, Oldtime and Bluegrass music that her parents play, but after studying the Traditional Music Degree in Newcastle she became heavily involved in the folk scene and met her fellow members of of ‘The Shee.’

Website Laura-Beth Salter and Jenn Butterworth: http://www.jennandlb.com/

Jenn Butterworth (vocals / guitar) and Laura-Beth Salter (vocals / mandolin) hail from award winning female super-groups The Anna Massie Band and The Shee.

On this page you can find anothe rgreat video aith Laura-Beth Salter and Jenn Butterworth recorded by the BBC.

Website The Shee: http://theshee.com/

Recordings by Laura-Beth Salter at Bandcamp: http://laurabethsalter.bandcamp.com/album/breathe

Recordings by Jenn Butterworth at soundcloud, including some recordings with Laura-Beth Salter: https://soundcloud.com/jennbutterworth

pop and rock

The Noisettes – Shingai Shoniwa and Dan Smith –…

A picture with a mandolin – Dan The Mandolin Man! – shared with twitter led me to the new album by The Noisettes.

The Noisettes will release their new album Contact tomorrow on Aug. 27th. The album was available as streaming audio for the last days at graziadaily.co.uk. I think this is a great album and Shingai Shoniwa is a great singer.

I have listened to the album and was curious when I would hear the mandolin – and finally the track Ragtop Car was the song which is accompanied by Dan Smith on his mandolin.

I have found the song in the following video from a performance during the Olympics in London – the song Ragtop Car starts after 8:37 – but this complete performance was great:

Here’s another performance of the same song:

Additional Information

Website The Noisettes: http://www.noisettes.co.uk/

My playlist with some other videos of Ragtop Car – The Noisettes:

Noisettes at Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/noisettes-official

Review The Noisettes, Hyde Park, London: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/the-noisettes-hyde-park-london-8009531.html

Wikipedia about The Noisettes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noisettes

Noisettes (occasionally written as NOISEttes to mark the difference in pronunciation from noisette – meaning hazelnut in French) are an English indie rock band from London, currently composed of singer and bassist Shingai Shoniwa and guitarist Dan Smith. The band first achieved commercial success and nationwide recognition with the second single of their second album, “Don’t Upset the Rhythm (Go Baby Go)” which reached number two on the UK Singles Chart in Spring 2009.