Tag: mandolin

Bluegrass championships at the Sydney Country Music Festival

| September 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Attention young bluegrass pickers in New South Wales and Australia proper. The 2015 Sydney Country Music Festival will host Australia’s National Bluegrass Championships, October 31 and November 1. The festival, which is primarily a celebration of Australia’s burgeoning country music scene, will also feature a bluegrass […]


Mandolin Symposium taking a break

| September 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

David Grisman and Mike Marshall, two legends of American mandolin music, have announced they are discontinuing their Mandolin Symposium which had been held annually at UC Santa Cruz this past twelve years. Dozens of top eight-stringers from around the world have taught there over the past decade […]


Full video from Galax mando record

| September 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Thanks to the folks at the Mountain Music Project, we have this video of the performance of Angeline The Baker featuring 491 mandolins at last month’s Old Fiddler’s Convention in Galax. It is believed that the group has set the new Guinness Worlds Record for largest […]


The Ryan and Marty mando jam

| September 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

How long does it take to establish a bluegrass tradition? I mean if something happens more than once at a festival, when do we start expecting it every time? Well… during last weekend’s Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival, Ryan Paisley made his second appearance as a […]


Video documentary of successful Guinness Record attempt

| August 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

The US mandolin world rejoiced on August 4 when a group of 491 mandolinists assembled at the Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax, VA to re-establish the Guinness World Record for largest mandolin ensemble. Organizer Tara Linhardt is still awaiting final confirmation from Guinness that they […]


A major award for Buddy Merriam

| August 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Buddy Merriam, who has spent the past 35 years performing traditional and original bluegrass music with his band, Back Roads, has been selected by the Long Island Music Hall of Fame as a recipient of their Long Island Sound award, also known as a LISA. These awards are […]


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 […]