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  1. Mandolin Mondays #150 w/ Special Guest Johnny Staats

    West Virginia mandolin sensation Johnny Staats is with us this week on Mandolin Mondays playing this lovely original tune on his Lee Chapman Aleyas Instruments mandolin.

    Since his acclaimed 2000 mandolin release Wires and Wood, Johnny Staats has stayed busy in the bluegrass scene while still keeping his day job as a UPS delivery man. He has been featured on NBC's Today Show, in People Magazine, on the CBS Evening News and ...
  2. How to play Shadow Ridge by Chris Thile

    I have been transcribing tunes and solos from my favorite mandolin players as long as I can remember. But recently someone suggested that I start to share a few on web for other mandolin players to learn. So that's what I've started doing! This is my first video lesson (with tab and sheet music), %100 free, and hopefully easy to learn!

    If you'd like the tab and sheet music, send me an email at:

    Here's a link to the video. Enjoy!
  3. Mandolin Mondays w/ Special Guest Rainy Miatke

    Meet the amazing Rainy Miatke from Ashland, Oregon. She's here on Mandolin Mondays to play a killer original tune on her Weber Bitterroot.

    Though only 15 years old, Rainy has already appeared on stage with such notable performers as Laurie Lewis, John Reischman, Alice Gerrard, Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, Väsen, Tony Trischka, Sean Watkins, and The Bee Eaters. At the age of 8 she formed the family band Rainy and the Rattlesnakes, ...
  4. Life with a Mandolin

    I have so many wonderful contacts and friends that I associate with here on the Mandolin Cafe! Thank you Scott and to all for making this platform what it is. The fact is, it is the means by which I have become a serous student of the mandolin and thus my life has been greatly enhanced.

    I am a retired fellow, though at 63, I am a bit young to be so. I am disabled due to a neurodegenerative brain disease and the mandolin is a great friend, comfort and therapy. I have been able ...

    Updated Nov-02-2018 at 5:57pm by lflngpicker

  5. Mandolin Mondays #148 w/ Special Guest Kyle Ledson

    California mando wiz-kid Kyle Ledson joins us on Mandolin Mondays for a twisty Jethro Burns tune played on his Collings MT2 mandolin that he won on the Mandolin Cafe.

    16 year old Kyle is an up and coming mandolinist to keep an eye on. He has a new single out and an older EP featuring members of Hot Buttered Rum, Molly Tuttle and the T sisters. Check them out here: ...
  6. Mandolin Mondays #147 w/ Special Guest Dave Goldenberg

    Brooklyn-based mandolinist Dave Goldenberg stops by Mandolin Mondays to play us a traditional Jewish folk tune performed on this Hugh Hansen A-style mandolin.

    Dave was one of the first ever mandolin graduates of the Berklee College of music, and he has gone on to become a winner of the Utah State Mandolin Contest, the Telluride Bluegrass Band Contest, Rockygrass Mandolin Contest, and the 2015 Winfield National Mandolin Contest. ...
  7. Indentify

    Hello fellow music lovers! I've been playing guitar for 20+ years and have a natural talent for drums, keyboard and singing. I've recently picked up a mandolin and I'm wanting to identify this beautiful piece as the inner label is missing. I'm looking for any advice or professional insight on what it could be?
    My email is please if their are any helpful competent people please send me and email and I can load photos of the piece!
    I also have a you-tube channel ...
  8. Mandolin Mondays #146 w/ Special Guest Bernard Minari

    This week on Mandolin Mondays, French mandolinist Bernard Minari sends us a lovely original tune played on his brand new mandolin built by French luthier Jean Marc Perrin.

    Bernard plays with Mandolin Mondays expat Daniel Portalès in the project Mando Duo. They have a new album out that features a collection of compelling music ranging from Ragtime to Brazilian Choro, to Irish, to bluegrass. Check it out here: ...
  9. Mandolin Mondays #145 w/ Special Guest Jake Jolliff

    The incredible Jake Jolliff of Yonder Mountain String Band sends us his inimitable take on this jazz classic played on his recent 2017 x-braced Gilchrist mandolin.

    Originally from Newberg, OR, Jake has basically done it all with the mandolin. While attending the Berklee College of Music, he joined the roots and bluegrass band Joy Kills Sorrow. He won the Winfield National Mandolin Contest in 2012, and now plays with the ...
  10. Mandolin Mondays #144 w/ Special Guest Caleb Klauder

    This week country music and old time mandolinist extraordinaire Caleb Klauder picks a traditional tune for us on his trusty John Sullivan F5 mandolin.

    Caleb represents the best of the Northwest music scene and his music has inspired many people across the globe. He has been touring nationally and internationally for over 20 years. First Caleb toured with acclaimed folk-rock band Calobo, and now he has ...
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