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  1. Mandolin Mondays #159 - D'Addario String Comparison

    Mandolin Mondays #159: This week on Mandolin Mondays we have a very special video sponsored by D'Addario Strings. Listen to an in depth comparison of 3 different D'Addario mandolin string styles played back to back to back on my Apitius Vanguard F5 mandolin.



    For this video, I used medium gauge sets (.011, .015, .026, .040) of Phosphor Bronze, Nickel Bronze, and Monel strings. Check out the links below for more details. ...

    Updated Jan-14-2019 at 10:22am by Mandolin Cafe

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  2. Mandolin Mondays #158 w/ Special Guest Massimo Gatti

    Italian mandolin innovator and founder of the oldest bluegrass band in Italy, Bluegrass Stuff, Massimo Gatti joins us on Mandolin Mondays to play an beautiful original tune on his custom Giacomel J5 mandolin.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPLgSD22CKM

    Massimo has had his hand in the Italian acoustic music scene for over 40 years. Since the start of his band Bluegrass Stuff in 1977, he's gone on to pioneer many other musical ...
  3. Mandolin Mondays #157 w/ Special Guest Olga Egorova

    Moscow mandolin sensation Olga Egorova plays this Dutch made octave mandolin like no other! This week on Mandolin Mondays she brings us a set of Russian and Ukrainian tunes that will put you at the edge of your seat.



    Olga is a professional Russian mandolinist who can be seen collaborating with many artists around the country. She performs regularly with guitarist Roman Palmov in the exciting acoustic ...
  4. Mandolin Mondays #156 w/ Special Guest CJ Lewandowski

    This week on Mandolin Mondays, CJ Lewandowski of The Po Ramblin Boys plays us an original tune on his trusty McClanahan F5 mandolin "Orch."



    Just in the past few years, CJ and The Po Ramblin Boys have made big waves in the traditional bluegrass scene. After two full length studio albums, they've signed with Rounder Records and won the 2018 IBMA Emerging Artist Award.

    CJ also has recently released a ...
  5. Mandolin Mondays #155 w/ Special Guest Roberto Cubero

    Spanish mandolin guru Roberto Cubero effortlessly combines the ancient music of Spain with the tradition of Bill Monroe with this beautifully rhythmic traditional piece played on his Gibson F5-G.



    Originally from Guadalajara, Roberto now lives in Barcelona where he plays music with his brother in the mandolin guitar duo Los Hermanos Cubero. They've receive accolades including the Premio Europeo de Nueva Creación de Folklore ...
  6. 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 ...
  7. Mandolin Mondays #153 w/ Special Guest Roland White

    Bluegrass mandolin legend Roland White is here on Mandolin Mondays this week with this classic tune done right on his custom 2004 Gibson F5.



    Roland has perhaps one of the most impressive resumes in bluegrass history. Over the years, he’s contributed to such bands as The Kentucky Colonels, Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys, Lester Flatt and The Nashville Grass, The Country Gazette, The Nashville Bluegrass Band, and more. ...
  8. Mandolin Mondays #152 w/ Special Guest Andrew Marlin

    Chapel Hill's Andrew Marlin of Mandolin Orange graces Mandolin Mondays this week with an original tune played on his 2000 Tone Bar Gilchrist.



    In addition to his well known work as a singer and songwriter for the acclaimed North Carolina acoustic folk duo Mandolin Orange, Andrew also has a distinct artistic voice on the mandolin. Just recently he released a tasteful new album of all original mandolin instrumentals called Buried ...
  9. Mandolin Mondays #151 w/ Special Guest Mike Giverin

    This week on Mandolin Mondays British mandolinist Mike Giverin aka "Mando Mike" brings us this amazing original waltz played on his Czech made Kristufek A style mandolin.



    Mike has been touring the UK for 10 years with Americana/Bluegrass trio Jaywalkers and they have just released their 4th studio album Time to Save the World back on the 5th of November. The Record contains 10 originals, including ...
  10. 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 ...
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