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Dan James – On Tour with his Mandocello

Dan James is a singer who uses his mandocello or cittern to accompany his songs. He also uses a 7-string guitar.

This is an introduction about Dan James taken from http://www.bbc.co.uk/herefordandworcester/content/articles/2008/06/24/dan_james_group.shtml

Dan James has been a full time professional musician since 1997. When he’s not writing music or gigging he does this and that (mostly that!).

Dan writes stories about people and their visceral struggle for existence – the hardships of fishermen, farmers and miners and the injustices of their lives.

He derives much inspiration from the landscape – he loves the bleak post industrial landscape of Blaenavon and being high up in the mountains, as it’s a great place to think and be creative.

There’s also the great widescreen skies of Lincolnshire and the bleak fenland, mudflats and misty shorelines, not to mention the old parts of Worcester city centre and Rainbow Hill.

He’s been a wide range of bands, mostly very obscure, encompassing psychadelic, jazz punk, green agit pop, blues, modern jazz (be-bop), Hot Club jazz, folk rock and folk.

Here are two videos with Dan James – you can find many more videos in his youtube channel:

Dan James and Eric Porter – Got my Mojo Working

Filmed for BRFM at the Retreat in Ledbury, edited by Rob of the Fylthe – Mandocello and guitar

Dan James and Clare Lindley – John Henry

Filmed, mixed and edited by Rob/Fylthe at the Pig Inn, Gloucester 16/05/2010 Dan James of Be bop dA Jig & Firebrand on mandocello & Clare Lindley of Stackridge on fiddle “John Henry” Folk Fiddle Blues, playing at the excellent real ale & cider pub in westgate street gloucester!

Youtube channel of Dan James: http://www.youtube.com/user/bebopdajig

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/Mandocello

Be Bop dA Jig Tour May 2010: http://thepurbeckgazette.com/news/info.aspx?f=41


Show of Hands – Steve Knightley and Phil Beer…

I have a very old mandolin record by Phil Beer that I have bought many years ago, but I did not hear anything about Phil Beer since I bought this record.

Now a just found a note about Show of Hands who are touring through the north of Germany, and found out, that Show of Hands is composed of Phil Beer and Steve Knightley. So I was very curious to find out how Show of Hands sounds – and I was not disappointed.

From the Show of Hands homepage:

Steve Knightley and Phil Beer are widely acknowledged as the finest acoustic roots duo in England. Knightley, who writes most of their inspired material and Beer, a dazzling multi instrumentalist, have built up a huge following which has seen them sell out the Royal Albert Hall three times, headline major festivals from Glastonbury to WOMAD and playing all over the world, from Europe to America, Australia and India. Voted Best Live Act by the public at the 2004 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, the jury is still out on just what kind of music they play. A genre defying mix of rock, roots, blues, country and trad, and often influenced by the music of other countries, it is played out on an array of instruments from slide guitar to fiddle, mandolin to South American cuatro.

Here are three videos with Show of Hands:

Show of Hands “Roots”

Show of Hands – Santiago

Haunting song – written by Steve Knightley – tells the tale of exploitation in South America. Thanks to SOH for permission. Check www.showofhands.co.uk for more.

Show of Hands – Country Life

More information about Show of Hands

Website Show of Hands: http://www.showofhands.co.uk

Videos with Show of Hands: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%22show+of+hands%22&aq=f

Videos with Phil Beer: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_type=videos&search_query=%22phil+beer%22&search_sort=video_avg_rating&suggested_categories=10&uni=3

Show of Hands at Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2018
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Mandolin Ensemble “Eight Strings Studio” – Japan

Yesterday I have found four videos with a mandolin ensemble from Kumamoto, Japan – the “Eight Strings Studio“. There is not much information about this group, but the quality of the videos is excellent. The group is composed of two mandolins, mandola and mandoloncello. A guitar is added for some pieces.

This is the information that can be found with the videos:

This is the performance by Mandolin quartet Eight strings studio.
The Mandolin Consert by Eight Strings Studio in Kumamoto, Japan. We were formed in 2008 and this is first regular concert.


  • Bach – Bwv1067 Orchestral Suite NO.2 Rondeau
  • Mozart – Eine kleine Nachtmusik
  • Russian folk music
  • Medley of Russain melodies

Watch all videos by this mandolin ensemble in my playlist:

Playlist Mandolin Ensemble Eight Strings Studio

My favorite tuner for guitar and mandolin (Amazon partnerlink):

TC Electronic PolyTune Clip