This morning I have listened to a radio show with a Charlie Louvin interview at NPR – World Cafe Looks Back: Country And Bluegrass. The Louvin Brothers were very popular between 1955 and 1963, Ira Louvin played mandolin and Charlie played the guitar. The harmony singing of this duo was great.
The interview was recorded in 2007 when Charlie Louvin had published a new CD with songs in the classical Louvin Brothers style. One of the most popular song of the Louvin Brothers is Knoxville Girls that can be heard in the NPR broadcast with Charlie Louvin.
I have selected three great early videos with the Louvin Brothers from youtube. Ira Louvin did obviously prefer the Gibson A model mandolins with an oval soundhole as can be seen in those videos and on the picture on the NPR site.
Louvin Brothers – I Don’t Believe You’ve Met My Baby (1956)
Louvin Brothers I Can’t Keep You in Love with Me
The Louvin Brothers Love Thy Neighbor
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Elke Limbach is mandolin player and teacher who teaches mandolin and guitar in her own music school in Hennef-Sieg / Westerhausen which is close to Bonn, the former capital of Germany. Her students were very successfull in the German youth competition “Jugend Musiziert”. She is also conducting several mandolin orchestras.
Together with the guitarist Kanaho Debinski she has founded the Duo Vivesco. This duo plays an interesting program by composers like Astor Piazzolla, Egberto Gismonti, Jaime M.Zenamon, Heitor Villa Lobos, Domenico Scarlatti, Johann Sebastian Bach, Raffaele Calace, Louis Lunazzi, Stanley Myers, Giacomo Puccini or Turlough O`Carolan
Elke Limbach has added 3 videos from a recent concert of the Duo Vivesco with two great performances of Irish folk tunes. I enjoyed listening to their performance very much:
Irische Suite, Turlough o´Carolan, Mandoline und Gitarre
Duo Vivesco, Elke Limbach und Kanaho Debinski. Konzert April 2011
The water is wide, Mandoline und Gitarre
Homepage Duo Vivesco: http://www.duo-vivesco.de/
Homepage Elke Limbach: http://www.elke-limbach.de/html/index.html
youtube Channel Elke Limbach: http://www.youtube.com/user/Zupfinstrumententv