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  1. Mandolin Mondays #426 w/ Special Guest Janos Koolen

    This week on Mandolin Mondays we're joined by Dutch mandolinist Janos Koolen playing a beautiful medley of original tunes on his Collings MTO mandolin.



    Janos Koolen (1981) is a Dutch multi-instrumentalist with a particular love for the mandolin. Among other groups he currently plays with Bertolf & Bluefinger. Besides bluegrass Janos likes to explore all different kinds of genres and use the mandolin together with instruments like the ...
  2. Carl Jones & Erynn Marshall Online Classes Return Mar 11-May 8

    by , Mar-02-2024 at 1:27pm (Carl Jones Mandolin Workshop: Concert Window Jan 6, 1 PM EST)
    Hey everyone!
    Hope you are well and picking lots.
    I encourage you to make up your own musical mando exercises often. Combining moveable chord shapes or right hand pick patterns w/ various string combinations might be a start.
    Then repetition... Your exercise noodle might turn into a nifty tune ... you never know!

    I'd like you to also encourage you to join Erynn and I as we are are offering one more Zoom music class this spring before we take a break for the ...
  3. Mandolin Mondays #425 w/ Special guest Scott Risner

    This week on Mandolin Mondays, we're joined by Northern-Kentucky mandolinist of the band Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle, Scott Risner, playing an original tune called "Lullaby for Sam" on his 2007 Duff mandolin.



    If you're new to Scott's music, here's his incredible story in his own words, "The first real and steady gigs were with a bluegrass band named Spur of the Moment. We played the Ground Round restaurants almost ...
  4. Mandolin Mondays #424 w/ Special Guest Richard Kriehn

    This week on Mandolin Mondays we're joined by the impressive Minnesota Mandolinist and multi-instrumentalist Richard Kriehn and his Ellis A5 to play a chord melody arrangement of the Lennon and McCartney classic "Here, There, & Everywhere."



    Minnesota-based multi-instrumentalist Richard Kriehn played with the “Guys All-Star Shoe Band” and the “House Band” on A Prairie Home Companion from June of 2010 until the host, Garrison ...
  5. Mandolin Mondays #423 w/ Special Guest Mickey Abraham

    This week on Mandolin Mondays, we're joined by Lessons with Marcel multi-instrumentalist instructor and performer Mickey Abraham, playing a chord melody arrangement of the Pat Ballard classic "Mr. Sandman" on his Gibson A9 mandolin.



    Mickey is a phenomenal guitarist and mandolinist in Florida. He’s written articles and arrangements for Bluegrass Unlimited and Flatpicking Guitar Magazine. He’s a Suncoast Emmy Award winner and regularly ...
  6. Mandolin Cafe Ball Caps make a return

    Mandolin Cafe Ball Cap

    This week look for us to return to offering Mandolin Cafe branded ball caps like the one pictured above. It's been a hot minute since we've offered these and recently ordered up a modest batch for availability which are now in house.

    This is an identical offering in black to previous orders, a soft, unstructured ball cap with Cafe logo and mandolincafe.com stitched across the back above where adjustments to the size are made. If we sell out of these ...
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  7. Luperce Miranda - Brazil's Paganini of the Mandolin - Part 3

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    Oi pessoal, Tudo bem? ("Hi guys, how are you?")

    Here I am again to share more of the beautiful journey of Luperce Miranda, the most virtuosic Brazilian mandolinist of all. As I do a bit of reading from his biography, every single window of our motorhome is a vibrant blue. We are leaving Florida Keys, heading in the direction of Burton, Texas. The ocean never disappoints, it is an inspiring view. I can't avoid imagining Luperce sharing ...

    Updated Feb-07-2024 at 10:45am by Mandolin Cafe

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  8. Swannanoa Old Time Week Staff & Early Registration Ends Tonight

    by , Feb-05-2024 at 5:57pm (Carl Jones Mandolin Workshop: Concert Window Jan 6, 1 PM EST)
    I am excited to be back at Swannanoa Old time and Dance Week teaching Guitar and Uke this time around with fellow guitar teachers Chas Justus, Rina Rossi & Phil Jamison.
    Teaching the old time mandolin / finger picked banjo is Reed Stutz; a wonderful player.
    TODAY is the last day to early-register for Swannanoa Old-Time & Dance Week (July 21-26, 2024). Early registration ends Mon, Feb 5th at 11pm ET. Those who early-register get the 1st opportunity to register for their favorite ...
  9. Mandolin Mondays #422 w/ Special Guest Jesse Appelman

    This week on Mandolin Mondays we're joined by California mandolinist Jesse Appelman and his 2007 Nugget A5 for a moving rendition of the Hank Williams classic "Cold, Cold Heart."



    Oakland, CA-based mandolinist Jesse Appelman began learning bluegrass mandolin at age 12. He is an in-demand sideman in the Northern California bluegrass scene, and co-founded the Lonely Bird Band with guitarist Scott Nygaard and violinist Alisa Rose. ...
  10. Mandolin Mondays #421 w/ Special Guest Gabe Zinser

    This week on Mandolin Mondays we're joined by Belmont mandolin student Gabe Zinser playing the old time tune "The Lambs Wool Rag" on his 2004 Sullivan mandolin.



    Gabe is from Nantucket, Massachusetts and he has been playing mandolin since he was 5. Along the way he has also picked up the guitar and other instruments. Currently he is in his freshman year of college at Belmont University in Nashville, studying commercial music with ...
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