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Mandolin Mondays #388 w/ Special Guest Jack Dwyer

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Back on Mandolin Mondays this week, we're joined by Pacific Northwest mandolinist Jack Dwyer and his Pomeroy mandolin, playing an original composition called "Downtown Rondo" from his brand new album Rondos Vol. 1.

Northwest songslinger and strum-for-hire, Jack Dwyer, has pursued a wide-ranging career as a songwriter, singer, bandleader, multi-instrumentalist side & studio musician, teacher, recording engineer and producer. Jack began working as a professional backing musician in his early teens, and has performed at festivals and clubs all over the U.S. with the likes of Peter Rowan, Bill Keith, Darol Anger, Scott Law, Tony Furtado, Caleb Klauder & Reeb Wilms, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, The Mammals, Don Stiernberg, and others.

His brand new album, Rondos Vol. I, is the first installment in an original collection of fiddle tunes written by Jack Dwyer and features demonstration recordings of fifteen tunes on mandolin and guitar, with complete notation and an introductory chapter on the origins and structure of the rondo. It is now available for digital download at, with CD and print versions to come. Be sure to check it out here:

Here's a word from Jack about this video, "The rondo form originated in European Baroque and Classical music and entered folk traditions around the world. The rondo is primarily instrumental and is characterized by a main refrain that alternates between two or more novel themes. (If the rondo were a song, each verse would have a new melody and chords unique from the previous). The rondos in this volume generally follow an AA BB A CC A form. This particular rondo form is perhaps the most common outside of classical music and is known both as the "French waltz form" and the "choro-rondo" form."

Be sure to connect with Jack at the links below for more info about his music:

And as always, tune in next week for more Mandolin Mondays! Until then...

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  1. cayuga red's Avatar
    Enjoyable tune and playing. The new mandolin sounds great.
  2. Alfons's Avatar
    Just like downtown Nice Playing and tone, and a fun composition.
  3. Fiddledust's Avatar
    Very nice. Thanks for sharing.