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historical recordings

Historical Recordings with Mandolin (Antique Phonograph Music Program)

Beside the Cylinder Preservation Project about which I have recently written in my blog I have found some other historical recordings. A radio staion in New York has a weekly feature with historical recordings played from Edison-cylinders and other old recordings on the original devices.

I have found the following recordings with mandolin. Those broadcasts are availabe as streaming audio. Some of the tunes are also available in the Cylinder Preservation Project, but there are some additional tunes that can be found here.

You can use the playlists to locate the tunes with mandolin, I have added the time of the beginning of the titles in some cases.

Cacliz MarchAthenian Mandolin QuartetVictor 18057 Disc 1916

http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/shows/28078 (ca. 22:30)


http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/shows/22073 (second title)

Hungarian SerenadeAlessio’s Mandolin QuartetEdison BA 2863 4-minute cylinder 1916

http://wfmu.org/playlists/shows/37230 (11th title, ca. 35:10)

Allegro VivoWilliam Place Mandolin QuartetteColumbia A1656 Disc 1914

http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/shows/35836 (10. Stück, ca. 39:30)

Demetrius C. Dounis – mandolinSouvenirAmberol cylinder 4M-10441912

http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/shows/22002 (with a historic picture of  Demetrius C. Dounis; 12th title)

Trio Instrumental ArriagaJessey – polcaBlue Amberol cylinder 22028 (.5)1913

A comment to this broadcast about the Trio Arriaga:

By the way, i found information about the Trio Arriaga some days ago in the internet :

“The Trio Instrumental Arriaga was a very popular musical ensamble (originally a duet) created by mandolin player Joaquin J. Arriaga, and guitarist Octaviano Yanez, which sucess lead them to record some ballroom pieces in the early 1900’s for the Edison Phonographic Company in blue amberol cylinders, most of the pieces were writen by mexican composer Carlos Curti.


Samuel Siegal – mandolin, M. Lloyd Wolfe – guitarAn autumn eveningGold Moulded cylinder 90141905


RemembrancePlace Mandolin QuartetteColumbia A 1656 Disc 1914 

http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/shows/36364 (3rd piece, ca. 8:40)

See also the following discussion in the Mandolin Cafe:


My article about recordings of the Cylinder Preservation Projects:

Historical recordings with Mandolin – Cylinder Preservation Project

Additional information

Playlists and Archives for Thomas Edison’s Attic: http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/TE

Antique Phonograph Music Program with MAC: http://wfmu.org/playlists/AP

more articles about historical recordings: http://www.mandoisland.com/?tag=historical-recordings

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Historical recordings with Mandolin – Cylinder Preservation Project

The first recordings on Edison-cylindars were made bythe end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century.

To preserve the old recordings the Cylinder Preservation Project is digitising those old recordings


The following recordings with mandolin are available:

Search for “mandolin”:


Search for “Arriaga”:



Mario de Pietro (Mandolin / Banjo) – Historic Movies…

Mario de Pietro was a mandolin and banjo player who was very popular in the 1930 in the UK. Several movies have been preserved in the archives of British Pathe. The videos are also available on youtube.


Schön Rosmarin (Kreidler) /Lollipops (8.9.1930)


Additional information

The mandolin method by Mario de PietroThe First Step how to play the Mandoline – is available on my website:

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Roots of American Fiddle Music – A Great Archive…

I am just listening to examples from a site dedicated to American Oldtime Music:

ROOTS OF AMERICAN FIDDLE MUSIC – Old Time Music Recordings, Photos, And Information


On this homepage you can read:

Early recorded country music of the 1920’s and 1930’s, particulary of the southeastern states, is what is commonly referred to as “old time music”. The stringband tradition composed often of banjos, fiddles, and guitars flourished for a brief time as the recording industry cashed in on the many country musicians eager to strut their stuff in the recording studio. The industry went on to make millions as the vast majority of these recording artists received very little return for their efforts.

At the moment 120 free mp3 of oldtime tunes are available for free download. This is a great opportunity to learn oldtime music from the original recordings!

There are even some videos with rare shootings of oldtime music. Those can be found in the youtube chanel of  OldTimeMusic.

Here are two very interesting examples:

Fiddlin’ Arthur Smith plays TURKEY IN THE STRAW -1948

Here is another Jimmy Wakely B western with the great Fiddlin’ Arthur Smith doing his thing. This time its the classic fiddle tune Turkey in the Straw and a great version it is. This video is from 1948.

Orange Blossom Special by Fiddlin’ Arthur Smith

Fiddlin’ Arthur Smith was a key figure in the transition from the 1920’s string band style to the more daring and improvisational techniques employed by all bluegrass fiddlers to this day.

This video I believe to be the first airing of this clip of Artur Smith playing and singing the now famous Orange Blossom Special. This clip is from the original 1945 Lonesome Trail cowboy B western starring Jimmy Wakely.

Several more clips of Arthur Smith from original movies made between 1945-1948 will follow.

Another youtube channel has several recording from the 1920s with Charlie Bowman:

Charlie Bowman and His Brothers

Charlie and the boys perform Money in both Pockets, Boys my moneys all gone in the comedic Moonshiner and His Money. Columbia Records 1st mountain music/country music genre recording.


youtube channel of OldTimeMusic: http://www.youtube.com/user/OldTimeMusic

youtube channel of cabinbowman: http://www.youtube.com/user/cabinbowman