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  1. Mandolin Mondays #205 w/ Special Guest Ekaterina Skliar

    This week on Mandolin Mondays, Russian mandolinist and dormist phenom Ekaterina Skliar treats us to a piece by the great Victor Kioulaphides played on her Gibson A-9.



    Winner of the 2019 Astral Auditions, Ekaterina Skliar debuted with the Russian Folk Instrument Orchestra of the Buryatia Republic at age 11 and went on to perform with numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles in her native Russia. A prizewinner of many international ...
  2. Mandolin Mondays #204 w/ Special Guest Jesper Rübner-Petersen

    This week on Mandolin Mondays, Mel Bay Mandolin Author and European Mandolin guru Jesper Rübner-Petersen gives us a unique take on some fiddle tune classics played with his Bruce Weber signed 1996 F5L Gibson mandolin.



    Jesper Rübner-Petersen was born in Aarhus, Denmark, where he grew up with bluegrass and acoustic music from his banjo-playing father. At the age of 12 Jesper began playing the guitar and very soon was playing ...
  3. Mandolin Mondays #203 w/ Special Guest Sierra Hull

    3-time IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year and all around Mandolin Queen, Sierra Hull, makes a very special appearance on Mandolin Mondays this week with an original Celtic-inspired tune on her trusty Gibson axe.



    Based in Nashville, TN, Sierra is a mandolinist who's name precedes herself. Starting at a very young age, she began making onstage appearances with such artists as Sam Bush, Alison Krauss & Union Station, and others. ...
  4. Mandolin Mondays #202 w/ Special Guest Andy Leftwich

    This week on Mandolin Mondays, the amazing Andy Leftwich, formerly from Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, plays the heck out of this Texas-style fiddle tune on his 1999 Gilchrist mandolin.



    Andy is a 4-time Grammy-winning multi-instrumentalist from Tennessee. Although primarily known for his fiddle playing, Andy has carved out a space for himself in the mandolin world as well. In addition to his 15-year tenure playing fiddle ...

    Updated Nov-12-2019 at 7:55am by Mandolin Cafe

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  5. Mandolin Mondays #201 w/ Special Guest Caleb Edwards

    Nashville-based mandolinist Caleb Edwards of the bands Lateral Blue and Runa joins us on Mandolin Mondays this week for a tasty original tune played on his 2017 Northfield Big Mon mandolin.



    Caleb got his start in music growing up in Metamora, Indiana. He first found the mandolin at age twelve and went on to graduate from the Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music in 2014. He then moved to Nashville to join the ...
  6. Mandolin Mondays #200 /// "Russian Rag"

    Today marks two hundred consecutive weeks of Mandolin Mondays! To celebrate this momentous occasion, I worked up this special solo arrangement of the "Russian Rag" for your amusement. Enjoy!



    This tune first entered the mandolin world with the 1932 Dave Apollon mandolin orchestra version. In the years that followed, additional reprises of this ensemble arrangement surfaced from Sam Bush, the Modern Mandolin Quartet, ...
  7. Mandolin Mondays #199 w/ Special Guest Solly Burton

    3-time Winfield Mandolin Champion Solly Burton brings us a swinging arrangement of this baseball classic played beautifully on his 2018 Pava F5.



    Solly is an unassuming jet ski mechanic and farmer from Indiana, but he's been impressing many with his mandolin prowess since a young age. He won his first Winfield Walnut Valley National Mandolin Championship at the age of 16 and has gone on to win two other ...
  8. Mandolin Mondays #198 w/ Special Guest Chris Acquavella

    The incredible Germany-based classical mandolinist Chris Acquavella brings us a beautiful original composition played on his 2019 Soloist Mandolin “Classico” built by Alfred Woll.



    Chris Acquavella is a mandolinist, composer and educator from San Diego, CA, who currently lives in Mainz, Germany. He graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatory of Music and Dance in London, England. Chris studied mandolin performance ...
  9. Mandolin Monday #197 w/ Special Guest Abigail Hartley

    Arkansas mandolin wiz Abigail Hartley joins us on Mandolin Mondays this week for a spin on "Goodbye Liza Jane" on her 2012 Northfield F5M.



    Abigail is from Arkadelphia, Arkansas, where she grew up playing mandolin with her family band, The Hartley Family. She's also talented multi-instrumentalist, with deadly chops on guitar, vocals and more. Recently she's been playing bass with the Texas sister ...
  10. Mandolin Mondays #196 w/ Special Guest Paul Van Vlodrop

    Amsterdam's resident bluegrass master Paul Van Vlodrop stops by Mandolin Mondays this week to play this Bill Monroe classic on his UK made Vanden mandolin.



    Paul has been a fixture in the Netherlands bluegrass scene since the early 70's. He made a career playing with NL award-winning band 4 Wheel Drive for nearly 20 years. Since then, Paul has shared the stage with artists such as Byron Berline, Vince Gill, Bill Keith, and ...
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