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  1. Mandolin Mondays #350 w/ Special Guest Matt Norman

    This week on Mandolin Mondays we've got UK classical mandolinist Matt Norman with us to share a compelling performance of the classic Raffaele Calace piece "Piccola Gavota."



    Matt is a multi-instrumentalist and singer best know for his mandolin playing. He regularly performs in the folk scene with his band Gadarene, at Ceilidhs and social dances as well as Matt's own classical mandolin performances. This past May, ...
  2. Mandolin Mondays #349 w/ Special Guest Danny Knicely

    Returning to Mandolin Mondays we have Danny Knicely with us, this time with a vintage Kalamazoo Mandocello paying tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II with a beautiful performance of the Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn composition "Single Petal of a Rose" that was composed in honor of the Queen.



    If you're new to his amazing music, Danny is a multi-talented musician and music producer from the Shenandoah valley ...
  3. Mandolin Mondays #348 w/ Special Guest Frank Solivan

    Returning to Mandolin Mondays this week, we have the great Frank Solivan and his 2001 Michael Lewis mandolin with us to play this blazing tune "Scorchin' the Gravy" off of his brand new Dirty Kitchen record Hold On.




    Frank is a mandolinist who needs no introduction here. His contributions to the mandolin and bluegrass communities as a player, singer, and band leader have resulted in such acclaim as multiple ...
  4. Mandolin Mondays #347 w/ Special Guest Avery Merritt

    This week on Mandolin Mondays we're joined by Nashville multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Avery Merritt playing this fun F major tune "Chirps and Williams" on a borrowed axe--Sterling Abernathy's Gilchrist F5 mandolin.



    Avery Merritt is a Nashville based fiddler and multi-instrumentalist. He is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, and has won awards such as Berklee’s Fletcher Bright Scholarship, a California ...
  5. Mandolin Mondays #346 /// "Shady Grove"

    This new Octolindo octave mandolin from KR Strings has helped bring some new life to a bunch of old tunes I play like this classic bluegrass number "Shady Grove." Hope you folks enjoy!



    For folks interested, I'm playing with the tuning GDAD down tuned a half step and capoed up one fret--a trick I've picked up from some tenor banjo players who do this for a slightly smaller scale length and tonal nuance.
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    Updated Aug-22-2022 at 7:25am by dbmandolin

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  6. Mandolin Mondays #345 w/ Special Guest Lorraine Duisit

    This week on Mandolin Mondays we have Virginia singer-songwriter and mandolinist Lorraine Duisit with us to perform her original song "Diamond Willow" on her 1924 H4 Gibson Mandola.



    Lorraine is a former member of the band Trapezoid, and over the years has made appearances on Prairie Home Companion, Voice of America, All Things Considered
    and more. Washington Post writes of Lorraine, “an enchanting singer ...
  7. Mandolin Mondays #344 w/ Special Guest Karolina Jastrzębska

    This week on Mandolin Mondays we're joined by Polish mandolinist Karolina Jastrzębska of the bands Caroline & the Lucky Ones and Stacja Folk to play this compelling original composition "The Ant's Path" on her powerhouse Polish-made Bulas mandolin.



    Karolina encountered music at an early age in Poland. Growing up the group T. Band would often rehearse in her home--her father, Paweł Jastrzębski, played ...
  8. Mandolin Mondays #343 w/ Special Guest Alon Sariel

    Returning to Mandolin Mondays this week we have classical mandolinist Alon Sariel with us to play this gorgeous original prelude from a recent partita he composed for mandolin. Joined by his cat and his Mintu Biswas mandolin, Alon's video is one you'll not want to miss.



    If you're new to Alon's music, he's an award-winning mandolinist and lutenist originally from Beersheba, at the southern part of Israel. Now living in Hanover, ...
  9. Mandolin Mondays #342 w/ Special Guest Wyatt Ellis

    Returning to Mandolin Mondays this week we have 13 year old Wyatt Ellis from Maryville, TN near the foothills of the Smokey Mountains playing an original tune called "Whites Creek" on his Gibson mandolin.



    Bluegrass music is known for nurturing young musicians, so it is relatively common to spot the early rising stars of the genre. However, the sudden success of Wyatt Ellis, during the pandemic, was quite unexpected. ...

    Updated Jul-25-2022 at 8:37am by dbmandolin

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  10. Mandolin Mondays #341

    I just recently became an uncle 3 times over, and it reminded me of this tune I wrote and recorded a while back from my niece. Had fun dusting this off again--hope ya'll enjoy!



    I first recorded this tune on a duo record with a guitarist friend called Each by Side--you can check out the original recording here: https://open.spotify.com/album/7taWw...Su6YXccVSsYHmQ

    And for those out there interested ...
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