Some time ago I have compiled a playlist with my favorite versions of the Italian folk song Vieni sul mar. This song has been popular for a long time, there are historical recordings from the early 20th century, Oscar Aleman recorded a great Jazz version of this song, and Andre Rieu played this for thousands of listeners in an open air TV show.
This is a great folk song to play on the mandolin, mandolin with guitar or with a complete mandolin ensemble. The song was also very popular in the Netherlands as Twee ogen zo blauw. And this song is also very popular in Japan.
There is another song closely related to Vieni sul mar, in English it’s titled Two lovely black eyes. This song has a different first part, but uses the same chorus.
Playlist Vieni sul Mar / Twee ogen zo blauw / Two lovely black eyes
Sheet music “Vieni sul Mar”
A discussion about the origin of this song in the Mandolin Cafe, including free sheet music for mandolin ensemble:
Roman Gurochkin is a cameraman and photographer from St. Petersburg, Russia, and his wife is a classical guitarist. Roman has produced several high quality music videos, including two videos with domra and guitar.
The domra is a plucked instrument from Russia similar to a mandolin. It has 3 or 4 single stings tuned in fifths. You can find more information about the domra in the wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domra or in the Atlas of plucked instruments http://www.atlasofpluckedinstruments.com/europe2.htm
The first piece is a Russian folk song arranged for domra and guitar by M. Sheinkman. In the second piece you can see and hear the domra playing a piece in flamenco style.
Domra-Maya Mikhailova,classical guitar-Marina Gurochkina.
Domra-Maya Mikhailova, classical guitar- Marina Gurochkina.Russkaya folk song arr. M. Sheinkman “monotonous greatest sound the bell”, arrangement for guitar Marina Gurochkina.
Domra, Maya Mikhailova, classical guitar, Marina Gurochkina. Kozlov “piece in the style of flamenco.
Roman Gurochkin has two blogs with some other videos. He has recently made several videos from the earlymusic festival in St. Petersburg. Those include a video by Jose Miguel Moreno on the vihuela and a video of a woman playing the Chinese Pi-pa: http://roman-gurochkin.livejournal.com/ and http://romagurochkin.blogspot.com/
Youtube channel of Roman Gurochkin with more videos with pieces for the guitar by Roland Dyens, Carlo Domeniconi and John Downland: http://www.youtube.com/user/Gurochkin
Music For Peasants and Princes (amazon partnerlink)