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  1. Here is what's tripping my trigger this morning...

    I've been working up a version of "Goin' Across the Sea" for the Song of the Week Mandolin Cafe social group. It looks as if the tune is going to lose to a Bob Marley song in the voting. (!) However, this is the one I'm working up. I've found a couple of contemporary versions in B. I started to score John Reishman's excellent (of course) version, in C. But I stumbled onto this Bill Monroe version this morning, in A, and this clearly does it for me. The audio is weak so you'll have to turn ...
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  2. My new mandolin (02.24.20)

    Iím just playing around. I forgot there was a blog feature here. Iím going to try to include a video of me tonight playing my latest MAS addition. See if this works. Hey, it does! Huzzah!

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  3. Mandolin Mondays #216 w/ Special Guest Adam Wright

    The incredible Adam Wright of the Alabama acoustic super group Act of Congress brings us a tasty original tune played on his 2008 Collings MF for this week's Mandolin Mondays.



    Since forming the band Act of Congress in 2008, Adam has toured with the group in Thailand, Oman, Palau, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Philippines, Timor Leste, Bali, Liberia, Jordan, as well as the greater USA. AOC has backed up country music star, Sara Evans ...
  4. Mandolin Mondays #215 w/ Special Guest Johanna Buggay

    This week Johanna Buggay from The Band Jubilee brings some Celtic fire to Mandolin Mondays with her Loar 700 Model.



    Johanna is from Woodstock, Georgia where she grew up playing music with her parents, older brother and twin sister. The music they made in their living room was soon brought to the stage with the formation of their family group The Band Jubilee. This ensemble features a unique blend of instruments and styles ...
  5. St Anne's Reel



    I've been working on this tune recently and thought I'd run a few takes for the internet. Hope you guys enjoy!
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  7. Mandolin Mondays #214 w/ Special Guest Daniel Patrick

    Mandolins and Beer podcast host Daniel Patrick brings an original cross-tuned composition to Mandolin Mondays with his trusty Gibson F5G axe in tow.



    Daniel is a full-time mandolinist from Charleston, SC. Recently, he started the successful podcast, Mandolins and Beer, which features thoughtful interviews with mandolin players such as Mike Marshall, John Reischman, Doyle Lawson and many others. There's a wealth of insight ...
  8. Mandolin Mondays #213 w/ Special Guest Radim Zenkl

    Make way for the Czech Republic Mandolin Legend Radim Zenkl! Check out this jaw dropping original composition played on his Custom Capek wide-neck F5 mandolin. Radim uses his own unique technique here, the "Zenkl style," in which he uses two fingerpicks, enabling him to play both the tremolo melody and crosspicking accompaniment. Hard to believe all that sound is coming from one guy!



    Radim comes ...
  9. Mandolin Mondays #212 w/ Special Guest John Cloyd Miller

    This week on Mandolin Mondays John Cloyd Miller of the NC, duo Zoe & Cloyd brings us a bit of klezmer-grass played on his The Bluegrass mandolin.



    John, a twelfth generation North Carolinian and grandson of pioneering bluegrass fiddler, Jim Shumate, is a 1st place winner of the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest as well as an Artist Fellowship recipient for songwriting from the North Carolina ...
  10. Mandolin Mondays #211 w/ Special Guest Darren Nicholson

    Darren Nicholson of the NC, bluegrass band Balsam Range stops by Mandolin Mondays this week for a spin on this Judy Garland classic with his lovely Duff A-style.



    Darren Nicholson is a Grammy-nominated musician from Western North Carolina. He's been with Balsam Range since their formation in 2007. Since then they've gone on to bring their music to some of the biggest audiences in bluegrass music around the world--not to mention ...
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