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Frank Turner: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert – With…

Frank Turner has givebn the following Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR. Matt Nasir who is mainly the piano player in Frank Turners band started to play the mandolin recently and he plays the mandolin in this concert. Three beautiful songs, with mandolin and guitar.

Frank Turner: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

The U.K. singer-songwriter and a bandmate are just two men with unplugged instruments, but they still convey the bawdy rowdiness of a full band. Performing three songs in the NPR Music offices, Turner shines in what may well be the most brightly lit performance space he’s ever graced.

For his Tiny Desk close-up, the U.K. singer-songwriter isn’t actually alone — he brings along the pianist in his band The Sleeping Souls, Matt Nasir, who joins in on mandolin — but Turner still does plenty to convey the bawdy rowdiness of a full band on his own. Opening with the terrifically anthemic, rehab-themed first single from his new album Tape Deck Heart (sample line: “On the first night we met, you said, ‘Well, darling, let’s make a deal/If anybody ever asks us, let’s just tell them that we met in jail'”), Turner shines in what may well be the most brightly lit performance space he’s ever graced. –STEPHEN THOMPSON

Set List

“Recovery”
“The Way I Tend To Be”
“Photosynthesis”

The same video on the NPR site in better quality: http://www.npr.org/event/music/198794929/frank-turner-tiny-desk-concert

You can find an interview with Frank Turner in  World Cafe by NR:

Frank Turner On World Cafe

On this installment of World Cafe, Turner talks about everything from songwriting to politics — and even a little bit about his tattoos.

http://www.npr.org/2013/08/29/201090478/frank-turner-on-world-cafe

Frank Turner: A Punk Poet With A Confessional Streak

On a visit to NPR’s Washington D.C. office that also included an acoustic Tiny Desk Concert, Frank Turner spoke with Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin about his music, performing at the London Olympics and attending the same school as Prince William. Click the audio link to hear more of their conversation.

http://www.npr.org/2013/07/14/201122744/frank-turner-a-punk-poet-with-a-confessional-streak

Frank Turner, Live At The Newport Folk Festival,…

http://castroller.com/podcasts/NprLiveConcerts/3670856

Additional Information

Website Frank Turner

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Lydia & Bettina – A German Duet with Mandolin…

Some time ago I have found an announcement for a concert with the Duo Lydia and Bettina. I had previously heard about this duo with mandolin and guitar, and so I searched for information about Lydia and Bettina.

This is how the duo presents itself on their website:

Wir sind Lydia Rombach und Bettina Lehmann. Wir, das sind eine Mandoline, eine Gitarre und eine gefühlvolle, einprägsame Stimme. Musik begleitet uns schon unser ganzes Leben. Seit über 10 Jahren gehen wir diesen Weg gemeinsam.

Ein Abend mit uns ist eine musikalische Zeitreise vom 16. Jhd. bis in die Gegenwart. Stilistisch legen wir uns dabei nicht fest: Rock, Pop, Klassik – gespielt wird, was gefällt. Ohne großes technisches Equipment und auf unsere eigene, unbekümmerte Art und Weise.

Translation: We are Lydia Rombach and Bettina Lehmann. We, that is a mandolin, a guitar and a soulful, impressing voice. Music has accompnied us for our whole life. For more than 10 years we are going this way together.

An evening with us is a musical travel from the 16th century until today. We are not fixed to a single style: rock, pop, classical – we play what we like to play. Without much technical equipment and in our own, easygoing way.

Both have played in a local mandolin orchestra. So they decided to use mandolin and guitar as well for their Duo.

I like the arrangements by Lydia and Bettina, the mandolin is used to make the arrangements brilliant and interesting, with single notes, tremolo or chords.

 

I hope that I will be able to visit one of the next concerts of this duo.

I have found four videos in the youtube Channel Lydik :

Wayfaring Stranger (Lydia und Bettina)

Robbie Williams Angels (Lydia und Bettina)

Mit diesem Video haben wir uns für das Triberger Weihnachtstalent beworben und haben dann nach einem Live Casting auch tatsächlich gewonnen.
Bettina an der Gitarre und mit Gesang und Lydia an der Mandoline.
Bitte entschuldigt die nicht unbedingt professionelle Aufnahme.

We are looking forward to your comments!

Playlist Lydia and Bettina

Additional Information

Website Lydia und Bettina: http://www.lydiaundbettina.de/

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Eric und Suzy Thompson – Bluegrass, Blues, Cajun &…

Some days ago I have downloaded a piece played by Eric Thompson from the Acoustic Oasis site.

This made me curious about Eric Thompson and I have searched for more music. I found many videos with Eric Thompson playing guitar and also an old Gibson F4 mandolin.

Suzy and Eric Thompson SHORTENIN’ BREAD.mp4

The next piece is a great waltz in Cajun style:

Suzy and Eric Thompson Balfa Waltz Lake Arthur Stomp

In the next video you can hear and see Eric Thompson play a Puertorican cuatro:

Suzy and Eric Thompson IN THE PINES.mp4

Later I have found two complete sets of videos from concerts given during the Portland Old-time Music Gathering this year and two years ago, with Eric and Suzy Thompson.

Portland Old-time Music Gathering in Portland, Oregon on 1/14/2012

Portland Oregon Oldtime Gathering on 1/16/2010:

Eric plays guitar or mandolin, while Suzy plays fiddle or guitar – a great mix of blues, bluegrass, oldtime, cajun that I like very much.

On the website of Eric and Suzy Thompson you can read:

About Eric & Suzy Thompson: These virtuoso roots musicians specialize in the down-home sounds of the American South. Their musical palette includes Appalachian story-songs and bluegrass breakdowns, classic country blues, Louisiana Cajun dance music, and paso dobles from Puerto Rico. Eric’s flatpicking on guitar and mandolin is exceptional for its purity of tone, speed, and soulfulness; Suzy is a powerful singer, an award-winning fiddler and Cajun accordion player who has apprenticed with older generation Louisiana Cajun musicians under an NEA Fellowship. Founding members of many influential roots music groups including the Black Mountain Boys, Any Old Time, the Klezmorim, and the California Cajun Orchestra, Eric and Suzy have also worked with Jerry Garcia, Maria Muldaur, David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Darol Anger, Laurie Lewis, the Savoy Doucet Cajun Trio, and many other fine musicians.

Playlist Suzy and Eric Thompson

Enjoy the concerts with Eric und Suzy Thompson!

Additional Information

Homepage Eric and Suzy Thompson: http://ericandsuzy.com/

Report about the Portland Old-time Music Gathering:

13th Annual Portland Old Time Music Gathering – ‘Fiddles, Banjos and Cloggers – Oh My!’

Festival website: http://www.bubbaguitar.com/festival/

A free download every day at: http://acousticoasis.com/welcome.html

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Montuno – The New CD of the Duo Recuerda…

Montuno ist the second CD by the Duo ReCuerda with Jeannette and Vicente Mozos del Campo.

The CD contains compositions for mandolin and guitar by Luca Mereu, Burkhard Wolters and Hartmut Klug as well as transcriptions of compositions by George Gershwin and Astor Piazzolla. Most of those pieces have probably been recorded for the first time, which makes this CD very interesting.

Montuno is a very calm and soft CD, the lyrical pieces are very impressing by the tastefull interpretations of the duo. Jeannette Mozos del Campo is a master of the tremolo and knows how to shape the melodies. Both play perfectly together.

Montuno is a great CD that I will listen too again in the future, and I can recommend it to everyone who likes the music of plucked instruments.

Jeannette Mozos del Campo has studied mandolin in Wuppertal with Marga Wilden-Hüsgen and Caterina Lichtenberg. Vicente Mozoz del Campo has studied classical guitar in Wuppertal and has got his master degree at the Conservatorio in Maastricht. Both are active as soloists, teachers and also as publishers of music for mandolin and guitar. A more detailed biography can be found on the website of the Duo ReCuerda.

Composers and Works

Luca Mereu

The CD begins with two pieces by the Italian composer Luca MereuMusica a Due with the movements Girovagando and Immagini.

Girovagando (rambling ) is a charming, lyrical movement with a lively, more rhythmical middle part – one of my favorite pieces on this CD.

The second movement Immagini has parts with rhythmical, distinctive guitar playing, but also and sweet, and dreamy melodies by the mandolin.

Luca Mereu writes about his compositions:

The bond between mandolin and guitar is deeply rooted in the history of both instruments, both in classical and traditional music, and is here represented in DANZA and MUSICA A DUE. In Danza there is a strictly interwoven dialogue between the mandolin and the guitar alternating rapid light movements to sudden bursts, like a real dance. In Musica a Due the mandolin’s bright phrases penetrate like light beams into the harmonic space of the guitar, awaking a quiet impressionism-like memory of a dream.

Burkhard Wolters

Burkhard Wolters has composed the Suite für Mandoline und Gitarre Op. 40 for the Duo ReCuerda. Five very different movements, including Prelude, Allemande and Gigue like in a baroque suite.

The first movement, the the lively Prelude Montuno is inspired by elements from Latin-American music. Jazz elements can be heard in the Jazzy-Waltz, soft guitar chords, a smooth tremolo and ringing harmonics are used in the beautiful Lamento. The final Gigue has again more rhythmically elements played by the guitar, but also sweet melodies in the mandolin.

Astor Piazzolla

Three compositions by Astor Piazzolla – Dernier Lamento, Détresse und Tango Choc – have been arrangend for violin and guitar by Ian Murphy. Those melodies – initially composed for the bandoneon – are also great on mandolin. Jeannette Mozos del Campo knows how to form those melodies and plays them with great musical sense.

George Gershwin

The world of Gershwins Rhapsodie in Blue can be found in a smaller scale in the Three Preludes. The guitarist T. Müller Pering has arranged those pieces for mandolin and guitar

My favorite movement is the second prelude, a kind of slow blues. The introduction by the guitar creates a very special mood, the  melody is enriched with many great tone colors and special picking techniques. The 1st and 3rd prelude are more dominated by rhythmical and percussive elements and allow to be played with more power and energy.

The Duo ReCuerdo has made two videos with the 2nd and 3rd prelude by Gershwin:

G. Gershwin – Prelude 2

G. Gershwin – Prelude 3

Hartmut Klug

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