Tag: mandola

Australia

Chloe and Jason Roweth – Folk Music and Poetry…

Chloe and Jason Roweth are two Australian musicians. I first discovered a video where they played an instrumental version of the old tune Just as the sun went down when I did some research about the composer Lyn Udall.

They are playing many interesting traditional tunes from Australia with mandolin, mandola and guitar. Sometimes they are joined by Bill Browne who adds some percussion to the songs, sometimes they play with a bigger band including other instruments like accordion, double bass and concertina.

Jason is a great storyteller, I love the combination of telling stories with mandolin & guitar in the background, this reminds me to the shows of the Prairie Home Companion with Garrison  Keillor.

I have compiled some of my favorite videos with Chloe and Jason Roweth in this playlist:

Playlist Chloe and Jason Roweth – Folk and Poetry from

Additional Information

Website Chloe & Jason Roweth

The Roweths bring cutting edge arrangements of Australian traditional music and poetry to the big stage. They work with new and old ballads, work songs, early country music, original music, poetry, yarns, and dance tunes, drawing explicit thematic connections between pieces to tell a larger story. These are the songs of the kitchen, verandah, shearers’ huts, the local, and the campfire in all their warmth, and ornery vitality. This is Australian entertainment with the hair still on it!

youtube channel Jason Roweth

Prairie Home Companion

 

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Azzurro by Daigo Marumoto (Japan) – Compositions for Mandolin…

Recently I have listened to videos of the composition Azzurro for solo mandolin by Daigo Marumoto. This is a nice, dreamy composition for the mandolin, and so there are quite some videos of this composition played by the best Japanese mandolin players.

My favorite video besides the version by Masataka Hori at the beginning of the playlist is the following – with some reverb added to the sound which makes it sound like played in a big hall – and you can see the right hand of the player very well:

There is also a video where this piece is played on a mandola. The mandolin solo version by Tatiana Cro – one of the few mandolin players not from Japan in this playlist – is also very good, but the sound is very noisy, so it is not much fun to listen to it with headphones…

Daigo Marumoto has also composed two versions of Azzurro for mandolin orchestra. This is the fantastic, incredible version with the Japanese mandolin orchestra Arte Mandolinistica conducted by Yasunobo Inoue:

丸本大悟 / AZZURRO /ARTE MANDOLINISTICA+ARTE TOKYO

You can find the mandolin orchestra versions also in my playlist, including the video played by the GCEA mandolin orchestra from Madeira which plays only the second part.

Playlist Azzurro by Daigo Marumoto

Additional Information

There is a short discussion about this piece in the Mandolin Cafe Message Board: Daigo Marumoto

The sheet music for this piece is only available in Japan – unfortunately…

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Harrison Kennedy – Mandola-Blues

I have recently found a concert with Harrison Kennedy on the CBC Concerts on Demand site. Harrison Kennedy plays mandolin, guitar, banjo, harmonica and he sings.

During the 60s Harrison was a member of The Chairman of the Board and he was very successful:

In 1968 the Detroit POP GROUP “The Chairmen of the Board.” played all the top venues including JOHNNY CARSON’S TONIGHT SHOW, SOUL TRAIN and AMERICAN BANDSTAND and ENGLAND’S “TOP-OF-THE-POPS’, doing our hit, “Gimme Me Just A Little More Time.” C.O.T.B. had performances with B.B. KING, JAMES BROWN, SMOKEY ROBINSON, STEVIE WONDER, FUNKADELICS and more. C.O.T.B. also performed many times at NewYorks Famous HARLEM’S APOLLO THEATRE.

During the last years Harrison Kennedy has mainly sticked to the blues and he has recorde three CDs.

In the beginning Harrison used mainly the guitar or slide guitar to accompany himself, but recently he has discovered the mandolin, banjo and octave mandolin.

Here are some videos with Harrison Kennedy and his octave mandolin:

Harrison Kennedy – Tell the truth and shame the devil

Harrison Kennedy – Real Deal

Harrison Kennedy – Noonday Train

Playlist Harrison Kennedy

Additional Information

Wikipedia about Chairman of the Board: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chairmen_of_the_Board

Homepage Electro-Fi records: http://www.electrofi.com/

Review “Voice Story” 2005: http://www.bluesbox.de/html/reviews/reviews_k/reviews_kennedy.htm

Review “High Country Blues”: http://indangerousrhythm.blogspot.com/2008/03/harrison-kennedy-high-country-blues.html

Review “Shame the Devil” (2012): http://blueshamilton.blogspot.com/2012/01/new-harrison-kennedy-cd.html

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The Nordic Sound: Pettersson & Fredriksson – Nyckelharpa &…

Pettersson & Fredriksson – nyckelharpa and mandola (octave mandolin) – a great duo with a great nordic sound.

Daniel Fredriksson was part of a project that I have just recently written about in this blog – the Magic Lute Project from the TFF Rudolstadt in 2009.

Daniel Fredriksson plays the nordic mandola, an instrument that was conceived in the 1980s by Ale Möller in cooperation with two luthiers:

The history of the nordic mandola is rather short – it was developed by swedish multi-musician Ale Möller and luthiers Christer Ådin and Anders Ekvall in the 80s.

The nordic mandola is a a 10-string, 5 chorus instrument. The lowest two strings are longer than the other strings and tuned down which can produce a real bassy sound. You will hear this in songs of the new album Sotali very well.

Most nordic mandolas have 5 choruses, with octaves on the C and G string.

But here’s the little peculiarity with this instrument. As Ale and Ådin/Ekvall developed the instrument, they found a need to be able to have different drones in the base. This led to the invention of something called “pin point capos”. The pin point capo is a little screw with a rubber packing on it which goes into holes drilled in the fretboard. This allows for shortening of single strings, and thus being able to change the base notes – without changing the tuning.  The base strings are usually elongated/theorbed so the lowest string goes down to A, and the second goes to F.

The nordic mandola is able to produce sounds from very low to very high, it gives a lot of possibilities – I think this is a great instrument as a solo instrument and as an instrument in a duo like Pettersson & Fredriksson. And the possibility to tune the lowest two strings to other notes very easily makes this a very flexible instrument.

Daniel Pettersson plays the nyckelharpa, another great nordic instrument with an incredible sound.

You can see Daniel Pettersson and Daniel Fredriksson and both instruments in the following video that was made in 2008:

Pettersson and Fredriksson

Another video from the same concert: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5pGvHMvocQ

New album Sotali

This summer the duo released its third album, Sotali – a great album that is available on the following site: http://petfred.bandcamp.com/

You can listen to the complete Album for free! And if you like it you can buy it as a digital download or as a special unique custom digipack.

Pettersson & Fredriksson: Brand

In the following video you can see the making of Sotali in the studio:

UPSWEDENTV – Pettersson & Fredriksson

Another example from the new CD:

Pettersson & Fredriksson – Stjarnan

Playlist Pettersson & Fredriksson

Additional information

Blog by Daniel Fredriksson about the nordic mandola: http://silkwoodmusic.wordpress.com/2010/03/25/the-nordic-mandola-its-not-a-banjo/

Buy the latest album Sotali or listen to the complete album (free streaming audio): http://petfred.bandcamp.com/

Homepage: http://petfred.freehostia.com/

myspace Pettersson & Fredriksson : http://www.myspace.com/petfred

youtube channel of Daniel Fredriksson: http://www.youtube.com/user/danielfre

youtube channel with more videos with Pettersson & Fredriksson: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheStringway/videos?view=0