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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 #175 w/ Special Guest Yura Lytkin

    Meet Yura Lytkin a singer songwriter/scientist from Novosibirsk, Russia who happens to be an expert on Renaissance and Baroque adaptations for the mandolin. This week on Mandolin Mondays hear him play an original arrangement of this lute composition by John Dowland performed on Yura's beautiful Jade mandolin.



    It's evident by Yura's beautifully curated youtube channel that his talents and interests are ...
  3. Mandolin Mondays #174 w/ Special Guest Mike Guggino

    Steep Canyon Rangers resident mandolin powerhouse Mike Guggino slays this original tune on his incredible Lloyd Loar.



    Mike has been tearing up the scene with the Rangers for over a decade now. Perhaps best known for their work with comedian Steve Martin, they've also won Entertainer of the Year from IBMA in 2011 and earned widespread critical acclaim. Read more about Mike's career with the Rangers at this Mandolin Cafe interview ...
  4. Mandolin Mondays #173 w/ Special Guest Ondra Kozák

    Czech Republic mandolin virtuoso Ondra Kozák brings the heat on an original tune this week on Mandolin Mondays. Another amazing Krishot mandolin here made by Czech luthier Eduard Krištůfek.



    Ondra is a true gem of the European bluegrass scene. He's 5-time winner of the Czech Bluegrass Music Association Guitar Player of the Year Award, and has won numerous other awards with the many bands he's played with over the years. His ...
  5. Mandolin Mondays #172 w/ Special Guest Jack Pearson

    Allman Brothers Band member and all around guitar legend Jack Pearson also slays the mandolin. Hear him play a soulful, original blues on his Silverangel axe for this week's Mandolin Mondays.



    Though Jack may be best known for this work with Gregg Allman and the ABB, Jack has played with just about everyone--from Chet Atkins to Jerry Douglas and beyond. These days he's highly sought after as a studio musician and instructor,, ...
  6. Mile Twelve City on a Hill /// "Rialto" Transcription and Video

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    The new Mile Twelve record City on a Hill is officially out! We recorded this album down in Nashville, TN, back in December with Bryan Sutton in the producer's chair. So happy to now have this music out there.

    Wanted to share with you all a free transcription of my tune "Rialto" off of the album along with a video breakdown. On this video I play through the melody and solo up tempo and a bit slower so you can catch all the details. ...

    Updated Apr-12-2019 at 5:43pm by Mandolin Cafe

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  7. Mandolin Mondays #171 w/ Special Guest David Harvey

    This week on Mandolin Mondays Gibson master luthier David Harvey brings us an original cross-tuned piece performed on this incredible Gibson Hall Of Fame Mon F-5 prototype he helped to pioneer.



    David cut his teeth as a 14 year-old kid touring with the legendary Red Allen. Over the years, he made a name for himself as a performer, playing with Larry Sparks, Claire Lynch and a number of others. Now, David continues to play ...
  8. Mandolin Mondays #169 w/ Special Guest Erik Igelström

    Stockholm, Sweden's very own mandolin monster Erik Igelström brings us some amazing traditional style Swedish music played on his Thomas Fredholm F5 mandolin.



    Erik can masterfully cross genres in the blink of an eye. Whether you hear him play Bluegrass music with the incredible Swedish Bluegrass band G2, or jazz music with the highly acclaimed guitar player Emil Ernebro, Erik displays an effortless authenticity and mastery. ...
  9. Mandolin Mondays #168 w/ Special Guest Jefferson Louvat

    Belgium mandolin master Jefferson Louvat stops by Mandolin Mondays this week to play this gorgeous original tune on his custom lefty Northfield mandolin.



    Brussels resident, Jefferson has traveled to perform at many legendary rooms and events including the Grand Ole Opry, The Station Inn, the IBMA as well as various festivals throughout the U.S. and most of Europe. In 2010 he signed with prestigious German record label, Acoustic ...
  10. Mandolin Mondays #167 w/ Special Guest Jimmy Gaudreau

    We have a very special guest this week on Mandolin Mondays--the renowned Jimmy Gaudreau brings us an original tune performed on his Rose A Model Mandolin that was formerly owned by the late Orrin Star.



    This month marks the 50th anniversary of Jimmy's professional career in music. In March 1969, he was a virtually unknown player when he moved to the DC area from his Rhode Island home to join The Country Gentlemen after the ...
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