Dave Apollon was one of the most successful mandolin players in the 1930s. He produced many shows, and luckily some of his performances were also filmed and survived until today. So it is now possible to watch this great mandolin player. I have compiled some recent resources with films and music by Dave Apollon.
Dave Apollon – The Wishing Stone
Short film in good quality
7 Short Films
Compilation of 7 short films – poor image quality, but the sound is good.
Today I read a long post about Tony Williamson. He just received the North Carolina Heritage Award.
Announced as a 2018 North Carolina Heritage Award recipient, Williamson, from Chatham County, is described as “a visionary musician, composer, musical instrument expert, teacher and mentor.” He blends multiple genres but still remains rooted in bluegrass.
The following video is a presentation of Tony Williamson.
2018 North Carolina Heritage Awardee Tony Williamson
Music is the backdrop of his life. Enjoy filmmaker Rodrigo Dorfman’s short documentary on 2018 North Carolina Heritage Awardee Tony Williamson.
Tone is a real expert for vintage instruments. He can tell many stories about the instruments and their history. He has given many presentations with vintage instruments and has recorded some great albums.
You can watch Tony Williamson and some great old mandolins in my playlist. The first four videos are from a presentation in the North Carolina Museum of History, Tony Williamson shows and plays a Gibson F5 mandolins, an F4 mandolin and a K2 mandocello.
Valerie Smith and her Band Liberty Pike have played in Germany for several times. Valerie Smith has written several great Bluegrass songs, and she has played with many great Bluegrass musicians. Her discography lists currently 14 albums, the latest album “Small Town Heroes” will be published soon.
This year she played again at the IBMA convention.
I have compiled a Playlist with a selection of older and newer videos.
For the forth edition of Ciao Philadelphia a big mandolin orchestra played a concert dedicated to the music of classic Italian films. Videos form this concert are now available at youtube.
The following video is a compilation of the best melodies from the concert:
Members from 10 mandolin and guitar orchestras from across Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, and Washington DC gathered to form the 60-piece Ciao Philadelphia Mandolin Orchestra. The ensemble prepared and performed a program of music from classic Italian films. On Nov. 5, 2017, the orchestra, under the direction of Mark Linkins, performed to a packed house at the Rotwitt Theater on the campus of Rosemont College in Rosemont, PA. The orchestra shared the program with renown Italian mandolinist Carlo Aonzo and his trio (including Lorenzo Piccone, guitar, and Luciano Puppo, bass). They performed works from their CD “A Mandolin Journey.” Photo credits: Chris Swisher.
Greater Philadelphia boasts one of the largest, and most accomplished, Italian-American communities in the United States. The birthplace of the United States of America, Philadelphia is a city deeply connected to Italian values and the Italian way of life, exemplified by the rich universities, museums, art centers, and neighborhoods and contributions of Italian Heritage. I am proud to announce that the Consulate General of Italy – in partnership with area civic, academic, cultural and business leaders – is launching the fourth edition of Ciao Philadelphia in October 2017 after the success of its previous editions in 2016, 2015, and 2014.