Category: mandolin and guitar


The Louvin Brothers – Charlie and Ira Louvin –…

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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Mandolin and Guitar – The Duo Vivesco plays Irish…

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

Additional Information

Homepage Duo Vivesco:

Homepage Elke Limbach:

youtube Channel Elke Limbach:

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The Duo Andante from Japan – Mandolin and Guitar…

It is some time ago that I have discovered the videos of the Duo Andante from Japan. The duo plays some nice tunes with mandolin and guitar, including pieces by Bach, Scott Joplin and arrangements of popular Japanese enka-songs.

This is the famous ragtime The Entertainer by Scott Joplin played by the Duo Andante:

The Entertainer

The next video shows the version for mandolin and guitar of the popular enka song  I’m Falling in Love with You Again? This is one of the most successfull enka songs by Fuyumi Sakamoto. I think that the version for mandolin and guitar sounds very good.

wikipedia about this song: The song “Mata Kimi ni Koishiteru” (また君に恋してる, I’m Falling in Love with You Again?) rose to the number-one spot on the RIAJ Digital Track Chart between March 31 and April 6, 2010.[6] On July 13, 2010, Sakamoto’s album Love Songs: Mata Kimi ni Koishiteru (Love Songs〜また君に恋してる〜, Love Songs: I’m Falling in Love with You Again?) has sold a total of 202,000 copies since its release in October 2009, making her the first female enka singer to have an album reach 200,000 in sales since Teresa Teng in 1989.[7]

また君に恋してる~坂本冬美ヴァージョン – Mata Kimi ni Koishiteru

I have compiled more versions of Mata Kimi ni Koishiteru with guitar, ukulele, marimbaphone, guitar and koto and also with a wind orchestra in my playlist:

Playlist Duo Andante – Mandolin and Guitar

Aditional Information:

youtube channel of the Duo Andante with duets and more music by plucked instruments:

Wikipedia about Fuyumi Sakamoto:

free sheet music for  The Entertainer:

free sheet music for  The Entertainer at IMSLP:,_Scott%29

Mandolin Cafe thread about The Entertainer (with sheet music for the mandoline):

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The Duo TnT – Steffen Trekel and Michael Tröster…

The Duo Steffen Trekel (mandolin) and Michael Tröster (guitar) ist definitivly one of the most importand duos for mandolin and guitar in Germany and all over the world.

When they travelled to Japan and Korea in 2009 a set of videos has been recorded showing the most importand pieces the duo plays. This includes several compositions that have been composed for the duo.

Enjoy the duo TnT – Steffen Trekel – mandolin – and Michael Tröster – guitar.

Playlist Duo Trekel-Tröster

Additional information

youtube channel DuoTnT04:

Homepage Steffen Trekel:

Homepage Michael Tröster: