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More Italian Folk Songs for Mandolin – Free Download

Years ago I have scanned parts 3 and 4 of a collection of Italian folk songs “Celebri Canti Popolari Itaiani” published around 1900 by Schmidl & Co. in Italy. Now recently I have got part 1 of this collection of Italian folk songs and have made it also available on my website MandoIsland.

You can find all 3 parts on the following page: Celebri Canti Pololari Italiani

I hope that I can get the missing part 2 some time and make it available too. I have collected videos of some of the songs in this first part of the collection.

No. 1 – Addio del Giusti / Addio all’Italia

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Valzer per un Amore – A Great Song by…

Valzer per un Amore – I have discovered this song years ago, and every now and than I need to search for it again. Now I have compiled a post about this song to find it better next time.

The song has been written by Fabrizio de André who is one of the most important singers and composer of songs in Italy. You can find the most important information about Fabrizi de André in the Wikipedia.

The melody of this song is based on a composition by the Italian composer Gino MarinuziValzer Campestre. This is a recording of the Valzer Campestre played by the Banda dell’Arma dei Carabinieri

Valzer Campestre, dalla Suite Siciliana di Gino Marinuzzi.
Qui è eseguito dalla Banda dell’Arma dei Carabinieri.
Una celebre versione è quella di Fabrizio De Andre nel disco Nuvole Barocche.

Il paesaggio che si vede è quello delle campagne fra Aidone (Enna) e Raddusa (Catania)

The song has been published by Fabrizio de André on his album nuvole barocche in 1969, there are many videos with this recording on youtube:

I have found many videos with versions by other artists. I have compiled the best videos in my playlist below. In this playlist you can also find several videos with the original Valzer Campestre by Gino Marinuzzi.

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Bonnie Sims – Great Songs with Mandolin Accompaniment

The mandolin is not as often used for accompaniment of songs as the ukulele. So I am always happy when I find examples for a mandolin used by singers for accompaniment.

Bonnie Sims has made a set of videos where she sings and accompanies herself with the mandolin.

You can also find a set of videos of Bonnie’s band  Bonnie & the Clydes where she plays the guitar and also the mandolin.

Have fun with  Bonnie Sims!

“Pumped Up Kicks” Acoustic Mandolin Cover

For my bestbestie in the whole world, Jamie. Learned it because I heard it in her car and this song is awesome and so catchy.

Pretty Fair Maid

A song I love to play on the mandolin, that my good friend and fellow Bonnie, Bonnie Hancock, asked me to make a video of like 100 years ago. So I finally did! Thanks for watching 🙂 T-shirt is compliments of Idlewhile, another local Longmont band you should totally google and check out!!

Bonnie & The Clydes • Bohemian Nights • Fort Collins, CO • August 13, 2011 • NewW

Bonnie & The Clydes perform at Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest on Saturday, August 13, 2011 on the Mountain Avenue Stage.

Bonnie & Taylor Sims, “Take Me Home”

Bonnie and Taylor Sims play “Take Me Home” at the Second Story Garage in Boulder, Colorado.

Additional information

youtube channel Bonnie Sims: https://www.youtube.com/user/bonniesims443

Bonnie & The Clydes

Bonnie & the Clydes is a brand new six piece country band exploding on to the Colorado Front Range scene. Fronted by Bonnie Sims, one of Colorado’s best up and coming singer/songwriters, and backed by a unit of musicians with more than 80 years of combined musical experience, this band is shaping a new sound of Colorado country.



The Huron Carol – An Ancient Christmas Carol from…

In my latest post I have written about the Christmas Dinner with Dala concert of the CBC. In this concert I have discovered the Huron Carol, an ancient Christmas carol that is very popular in Canada. I have found many youtube videos of this song, unfortunately the version by Dala is not available as a video. You can find the link to the Dala concert in my previous post.

In the following video the Huron Carol is sung in the native Inidan language, in French and finally in English.

The Huron Carol

The “Huron Carol” (or “‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime”) is a Christmas hymn, written in 1643 by Jean de Brébeuf, a Christian missionary at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons in Canada. Brébeuf wrote the lyrics in the native language of the Huron/Wendat people; the song’s original Huron title is “Jesous Ahatonhia” (“Jesus, he is born”). The song’s melody is a traditional French folk song, “Une Jeune Pucelle” (“A Young Maid”). The well known English lyrics were written in 1926 by Jesse Edgar Middleton.

This version performed by Heather Dale, and sung in Wendat (Huron), French and English.

Huron Carol – Gitarre

My arrangement of teh Huron Carol for classical guitar:

A version played on the native American flute:

Huron Carol – Native American flute – Cornell Kinderknecht & Julie Bonk

Finaly a version that tries to get close to the original Indian version:

Iesus Ahatonyah (“The Huron Carol”) – Michael “Medicine Crow” Iott

Iesus Ahatonyah was written in 1643 by Jean de Brébeuf, a Jesuit missionary at Sainte-Marie among the Wendat (“Huron”) people of Upper Canada. It was written in the Wendat language and is also known as “The Huron Carol”. There are several (poor) English translations in circulation. I have attempted what I think is a more culturally accurate rendition into English. If I were to record this over again I would replace “angel choirs” in the first verse with “Sky People”, a more accurate rendering from Wendat. That is how I perform it now. This was originally released in 2006 as a part of the Illegible Records Christmas compilation: “An Illegible Records Christmas: Shelter In The Night”. The images are mostly by Fr. John Guilliani, S.J. and available through Bridge Building Images: http://www.bridgebuilding.com/

Sheet Music

guitar  TABs: http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/session-guitar-tab/huron_carol.htm

A simple version for guitar: http://www.guitarlincs.com/christmastunes.htm

A version for flute an piano – and many more Christmas carols: http://www.janwolters.nl/jwfree5-uk.html

A version for a choir with oragn: http://imslp.org/wiki/The_Huron_Carol_%28Oczko,_Michael_John%29

for native American flute: http://www.flutopedia.com/song_huron_carol.htm

more christmas carol for flute: http://www.flutetunes.com/categories.php?id=64

playlist of the Huron Carol with many versions: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9A1393FF9DF65592