Tag: mandolin

Mandolin iBook from Adam Tanner

| August 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Old time fiddler and mandolinist Adam Tanner has put together a mandolin tune book for Apple’s iBook format. It combines audio files with standard notation and tablature for on-screen display, in what should be a very convenient learning system for anyone with an iPad, iPhone, […]


Vintage Mandolin Quartet tackles Gounod Funeral March

| August 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

What do you call four old guys, playing old music on old instruments? In Nashville they’re called The Vintage Mandolin Quartet and, as the name suggests, they perform on rare and valuable mandolin family instruments from the early parts of the 20th century. Specifically, they are […]


The Mandolin – A History

| August 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Graham McDonald, Australian builder of fine mandolins, mandocellos, and bouzoukis, is doing a valiant service for the 8 string community with his upcoming book, The Mandolin – a history. Using a focus on individual builders as a theme, McDonald’s book follows the development of the instrument […]


Mandolin record makes the news

| August 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

The projected new Guinness Book World Record for Largest Mandolin Ensemble, set yesterday at the Old Fiddler’s Convention at Felt’s Park in Galax, VA, was celebrated by WSLS television, the NBC affiliate station in Roanoke, about 2.5 hours away. A crush of local media was on […]


They did it – congratulations Galax!

| August 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

Well done Old Fiddler’s Convention attendees in Galax, VA! This afternoon they once again set the Guinness World Record for Largest Mandolin Ensemble with 491 musicians. At this point, the count is still unofficial but organizer Tara Linhardt tells us that they handily beat the existing […]


Mandolin record attempt next week at Galax

| July 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

This year at the Old Fiddler’s Convention in Galax, VA we will be attempting to take back the Guinness Book World’s record for the Largest Mandolin Ensemble in the history of the world to Team USA on Tuesday, August 4th on the bleachers of the Galax […]


Vince Combs passes

| July 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Vince Combs, a near-legendary Monroe-style mandolinist from Kentucky, has passed away after a four year struggle with bone marrow cancer. He was 81 years of age, and died on Saturday night (7/25). Though born and raised in Eastern Kentucky, his life was divided between his work for General […]


Acoustic Disc releases Dawg Jazz book

| June 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

A third edition in their Book Of The Dawg series, Dawg Jazz, has been released by Acoustic Disc, David Grisman’s record label. Like its previous volumes, Dawg Roots and Dawg Grass, this third book collects 20 Grisman compositions in a jazzy vein from his many recordings this […]


A Reminder – Mandolin record attempt at Galax

| June 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

Our friend (and occasional correspondent) Tara Linhardt has asked us to remind everyone about the Guinness World Record attempt for Largest Mandolin Ensemble, set to be held during the Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax, VA in August. Regular readers may recall that Tara organized an […]


Exploring Classical Mandolin by August Watters

| June 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

It’s a long way from Bean Blossom to Boston, but that’s the exact route August Watters’ life has taken. Growing up in Unionville, IN, just ten miles from the famous festival put on by Bill Monroe, Watters never imagined that his boyhood impressions of Big Mon […]