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  1. Mandolin Mondays #176 w/ Special Guest Simon Mayor

    British humorist and mandolin luminary Simon Mayor, brings us a very special Mandolin Mondays video this week with his beautiful teardrop mandolin built by Mike Vanden. Hear him play the sweetest Irish Air that's ever been played on the mandolin.



    Simon has been at the forefront of the UK acoustic scene since the release of his 1990 debut release The Mandolin Album. His virtuosic and eclectic playing style ...
  2. Mandolin Mondays #154 w/ Special Guest Luke Plumb

    This week on Mandolin Mondays, Australian Celtic mandolin master Luke Plumb brings us a set of lively reels played on his sweet 1999 Gilchrist mandolin.



    Luke has been at the forefront of the Australian acoustic music for the past 2 decades. Since a stretch of time playing and touring with the popular Scottish fusion band Shooglenifty, Luke has returned to Melbourne to pursue his solo career as producer ...
  3. Mandolin Mondays #134 w/ Special Guest Dan Beimborn

    Owner and administrator of the Mandolin Archive website, Dan Beimborn sends us some jigs all the way from Norfolk, England played on his one-of-a-kind 1909 Gibson F4.



    Dan has been a huge contributor to the online mandolin community for the past 15 years. His site http://www.mandolinarchive.com/ is the premier online database for vintage and boutique mandolins. period. But sadly not as many people know Dan for his incredible ...

    Updated Jul-24-2018 at 4:20pm by Mandolin Cafe

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  4. Mandolin Mondays #89 w/ Special Guest Andrew Collins

    This week, Toronto-based, award-winning mandolinist Andrew Collins brings us an imaginative arrangement of the Celtic classic "Banish Misfortune" on his lovely Heiden F5 mandolin.



    Andrew has been a fixture in the Canadian folk music scene for over a decade. Through the years, he's been awarded numerous Juno and Canadian Folk Music Awards for his expansive recorded work.

    I first ...
  5. Mandolin Mondays #43 - Bear Island Reel

    I've never been, but Bear Island must be a pretty awesome place if this tune has anything to say about it. Exploring some nonconventional variations on this epic Irish reel.



    Thanks so much for watching! If you liked the video, I'd appreciate it if you'd share it with your friends on social media. Also, I've written out the tab/notation for how I played through the tune in this video. I'd love to connect with you and send ...

    Updated Oct-24-2016 at 9:30am by dbmandolin

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  6. New Year's Eve and a Bodhran

    I had accepted an invitation to play mandolin and join in the fun at the monthly Contra Dance in Sonora at Aronos Hall, so I felt obligated to go. Still I could not find a way out of the doldrums. Nothing seemed worth doing except sitting in my apartment with my cat and a movie...

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  7. Weber Bridger changes

    Quote Originally Posted by Mary Weber View Post
    Just saw this and 'What Brett said'. It's funny this came up about the same time as the Hyalite thread. The Bridgers' & Hyalite tops and backs are carved/shaped totally differently than our other A-style instruments- we call it our Celtic carving, and consider these the supremo celtic instruments.
    You'll notice the molas, OM's & mandocello Bridgers still have the integral fingerboard (which gives more space in the sound chamber) and the D-hole but same carving, but Bruce liked the
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