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  1. Mandolin Mondays #385 w/ Special Guest Guđmundur Atli Pétursson

    This week on Mandolin Mondays we're joined by Icelandic mandolinist Guđmundur Atli Pétursson of the band Brek playing an original untitled composition on his 2010 Andrew Mowry mandolin.

    Guđmundur has worked with the bluegrass band Illgresi, as well as participating in various projects such as playing musical instruments on recordings and concerts with Baggalút, Brother Grass, Krumma and others. Now he plays with the new Icelandic ...
  2. Mandolin Mondays #384 w/ Special Guest Andy Leftwich

    Returning to Mandolin Mondays this week, we're joined by multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Andy Leftwich and his Gilchrist mandolin to share an original tune called "Kimper County" from his brand new solo album.

    Four-time GRAMMY-winning instrumentalist Andy Leftwich began playing the fiddle at the age of six, entering his first contest at seven and winning the National Championship for Beginners ...
  3. Mandolin Mondays #383 w/ Special Guest Emory Lester

    Returning to Mandolin Mondays this week, we have the incredible Emory Lester playing an original tune called "Kings Quest" on his Heiden Heritage Model.

    EMORY LESTER is one of this day's foremost exponents of the acoustic mandolin. The power and attach of his mandolin playing are unmatched, and his sound is infectious. His landmark mandolin-featured recording projects have placed him among the elite mandolinists ...
  4. A History of The Birth of Choro

    Elisa Meyer Ferreira

    Oi amigos do Mandolin Cafe!

    April 23 we celebrated National Choro Day in Brazil. So, taking the suggestion of my "newsroom" (haha), I decided to write about the beginnings of this genre of music I love. I took the opportunity to invite someone to help me with the subject, who, in my opinion, is one of the people who has the deepest knowledge about Choro history. Fortunately, it happens to be my sister, Corina Meyer Ferreira!

    Updated May-02-2023 at 6:56am by Mandolin Cafe

  5. Mandolin Mondays #382 w/ Special Guest Abbey Thomas

    This week on Mandolin Mondays we're joined by UK mandolinist Abbey Thomas of the band Blue Lass playing a beautiful original tune called "End of the Night Waltz" on her Capek F5 mandolin.

    Growing up in the far corner of Cornwall, Abbey Thomas had to travel far and wide to find the music she loved. She soon bought a mandolin and began to focus on American folk genres including bluegrass and old-time music, and now ...
  6. Mandolin Mondays #381 w/ Special Guest Charlotte Kaiser

    This week on Mandolin Mondays we're joined by classical mandolinist Charlotte Kaiser from Saarbrücken, Germany playing a stuning performance of the Jiro Nakano Fantasia no.2 Op.43.

    Charlotte discovered the mandolin at the age of five and made music the center of her life ever since. In 2023 she completed her artistic master’s degree with Juan Carlos Muńoz at the Saar University of Music with distinction. She is the winner ...
  7. Mandolin Mondays #380 w/ Special Guest Andrew Small

    This week on Mandolin Mondays we're joined by Virginia multi-instrumentalist Andrew Small of Watkins and Small playing this burning original tune called "Bent Mountain Blues" on his 2014 model A built by Hugh Hansen.

    Andrew Small is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and composer who makes his home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia. Holding a master's degree in music performance ...
  8. Mandolin Mondays #379 w/ Special Guest Michael Prewitt

    This week on Mandolin Mondays we're joined by Special Consensus mandolinist Michael Prewitt playing a killer version of the Bill Monroe tune "Tombstone Junction" on this Pava #498 F5 mandolin.

    International Bluegrass Music Association award nominee Michael Prewitt was born and raised in the foothills of the Cumberland Mountains in rural Whitley County, Kentucky, outside of the town of Williamsburg. ...
  9. Mandolin Monday #378 w/ Special Guest Alan Epstein

    Returning to Mandolin Mondays this week, we have Alan Epstein with us playing the old classic "Soldier's Joy" on his brand new Gilchrist Model 4 #841 mandolin.

    Alan appeared on Mandolin Mondays 6 years ago to the day, and since then he's been busy teaching and playing the mandolin, and cooking! In June of 2021, after 25 years of being an active mandolin teacher, Alan took a 1 year break to go to Culinary School ...
  10. Mandolin Mondays w/ Special Guest Elisa Meyer Ferreira

    Returning to Mandolin Mondays this week we have Elisa Meyer Ferreira of Choro das 3 with a very special performance of Jacob do Bandolim's tune “Primas e Bordőes” on her late mentor Paulo Fasanaro's mandolin.

    The youngest sister of Choro das 3, Elisa started studying music at 8 years old, diving straight into learning choro. She studied the bandolim at the Tatui Conservatory under professor Altino Tolodo, ...
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