• Rules change snares Galax mando record attempt

    Tara Linhardt, the driving force behind the two recent Guinness Book of World Record attempts for the largest mandolin ensemble during recent Old Fiddlers Conventions in Galax, VA, has released a forlorn statement on their most recent quest. It seems that a

  • They did it – congratulations Galax!

    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

  • A Reminder – Mandolin record attempt at Galax

    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

  • In which Tara journeys north to Joe Val

    This first-timer's overview of the 2013 Joe Val festival is a contribution from Tara Linhardt, noted mandolinist, instructor, filmmaker and Guinness World Record holder. Tara also took the many photos which accompany this piece. I decided to broaden my horizons and

  • Tell Tale Heart video from Cold Chocolate

    The Boston area’s prime bluegrass event, The Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, is coming up in a few weeks and a lot of folks in the northeast are making preparations to attend. We'll have a correspondent/photographer there for the first time

  • Galax mandolin record confirmed

    We have learned from Tara Linhardt that the attempt to break the record for the largest mandolin ensemble at the 2012 Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax has been certified by Guinness as the new world mark. On August 7, 2012 she

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