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  1. KrittMoore's Avatar
    What a beautiful piece. Really enjoyed that.
  2. wildpikr's Avatar
  3. Alfons's Avatar
    Beautiful tune! Great tone and articulation. I was also very happy that the camera was positioned so well to let us see your fine finger work.
  4. Jeff Mando's Avatar
    Nice work. I enjoyed your playing very much.
  5. darylcrisp's Avatar
    that was wonderful!
    thank you for sharing this with us.
  6. Caleb's Avatar
    Wow, so very beautiful! Nice work.
  7. greenwdse's Avatar
    A southpaw to inspire us other southpaws! Lovely!
  8. gfury's Avatar
    Beautiful !!!!
  9. Mandolin Cafe's Avatar
    Welcome, Jefferson! Beautiful composition, great tone from your Northfield.
  10. sgarrity's Avatar
    Jimmy is a great picker. And Orrin was a friend of mine. Got to play that Rose A5 on a handful of occasions. A really fine mandolin! Happy to see Orrin being honored.
  11. Jesper's Avatar
    What a nice tune. - Love it !!!!!!!!!!
  12. EvanElk's Avatar
    Great tune, wonderful tone and chops!
  13. Denny Gies's Avatar
    What a great way to begin the day, thanks.
  14. ccravens's Avatar
    What a treat and a pleasure.

    Many thanks.
  15. robbif's Avatar
    Thanks for spreading the news. Jimmy asked me also.

    I'm thriiled Jimmy's dedicating his tune to Orrin, who was also a friend of mine...

    May he Rest in Peace.

    I met Orrin when I recorded him in 1975...
    Updated Mar-11-2019 at 7:41pm by robbif (Add recording link)
  16. re simmers's Avatar
    1980, I think, was the last big festival at Indian Springs, MD. Spectrum played Friday night. Part of their show was JAG playing a good instrumental while Shatz clogged. No other instruments. It’s been too long, but I think he was playing Blackberry Rag. It was my first festival and JAG was the first mandolin picker I remember.
    I have become a big fan of his steel guitar licks on mandolin. What a picker.
    Bob Simmers
  17. RichieK's Avatar
    Great to see JAG again! Excellent picking and tune.
  18. Bud Barnwell's Avatar
    Absolutely beautiful tune Jimmy. I've been a fan of you for years. Thanks so much for sharing with us.
  19. Alfons's Avatar
    Nice playing, nice tune - I hope Ilias appreciates it as much as I do! Love your work.
  20. Bill Foss's Avatar
    So great to hear Mr. Gaudreau again! Thanks David!
  21. grassrootphilosopher's Avatar
    I remember fondly a concert of Bennet/Auldridge/Gaudreau in Switzerland in 1999 and the ensuing workshop. Despite Jimmy Gaudreauīs pencil grip of the pick I can credit him for my change from using the round side of the pick to using the pointy side of a teardrop shaped pick to attack the strings. I was also advised that you cannot drive a band with a mandolin. I still think about that from time to time. Yet I think that there may be ways around it. There was also a woman in that workshop (sitting next to me) who described her problem to JG. She had problems fingering the closed position G chord. JG said that she had to stretch a bit. But alas, her fingers were so short, she indeed couldnīt stretch her fingers to grip the closed position G chord. It left JG shaking his head (me too). Fond memories... and the music.
  22. Mandolin Cafe's Avatar
    Welcome, Jimmy! Beautiful song and tribute to Orrin, someone we miss seeing around here.
  23. BBarton's Avatar
    Sweet! Monaghan is such a great tune, especially on the mandolin. Your playing really makes the tune work!
  24. Steve-o's Avatar
    Lovely playing! I like the pull-off ornamentation and dynamics. I usually play the four part version. Wish I could play half as good as Eva.
  25. tbaum's Avatar
    I started playing Irish tunes on the mandolin a few years ago, and even though I will never be able to play a tenth this good, Eva Holbrook's playing of this jig re-convinces me I'm playing the right music on the right instrument. Thank you so much for this recording. Sublime.
  26. phelou's Avatar
    nice! sounds kinda like The Butterfly, which I think is a modern type tune.
  27. John Soper's Avatar
  28. Jim Garber's Avatar
    Beautiful playing of a hypnotic tune.
  29. ccravens's Avatar
    Very nice!
  30. Bernie Daniel's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by DougC
    "The Monaghan Jig" A great tune Eva.

  31. Jill McAuley's Avatar
    Great stuff altogether!
  32. DougC's Avatar
    "The Monaghan Jig" A great tune Eva.

  33. V70416's Avatar
    thank you,johnny statts.
    sure crossed off alll the t's there. just as clean and tasteful at johnny rocket tempo.

    i think
    maybe he drives his practice room to work. makes me want to pick inside an empty ups truck.
  34. Bernie Daniel's Avatar
    Nice! But what is the name of the tune -- or did I miss it?
  35. William Smith's Avatar
    Well played, very nice tune!
  36. Mandolin Cafe's Avatar
    Eva, great to see you on the Cafe again. Enjoying following SHEL and your new project on Instagram. Nicely played!
  37. darylcrisp's Avatar
    that was neat!
  38. chasray's Avatar
    Creative. Fun. Thanks!
  39. Mandolin Cafe's Avatar
    Great version, Eli. Welcome!
  40. William Smith's Avatar
    Nice, I should be on a Mando Monday LoL! Well why not, I haven't heard of most of these great pickers? Just a thought. Thanks again David B.
  41. Andy Hatfield's Avatar
    Really comfortable sense of time and groove. Reminds me a lot of Dan Tyminski's drive.
  42. Loar Player's Avatar
    This is probably the best rendition of Dangerfield I have ever heard.
  43. darylcrisp's Avatar
    loved this!
    mandolin sounded mighty fine!
    thanks Troy
  44. EvanElk's Avatar
    Great picking and super nice tone on that Prucha!
  45. oliverkollar's Avatar

    Thanks for that Troy!
  46. William Smith's Avatar
    Nice take on a modern classic!
  47. Mandolin Cafe's Avatar
    That was very fine Mr. Troy Boone. Nicely played!
  48. bbcee's Avatar
    Wow, was that tasty!! Thank you, Ray (and David).
  49. tkdboyd's Avatar
    Interesting timing. Just saw a YTube video of this guy playing Temperance Reel, & was really impressed. Some how he has never been on my play list. Certainly is now!
  50. mandoglobal's Avatar
    Well, gonna be a busy week learning every...single...note Ray just played. Better get started. Gonna have to use some “sick days” to get out of work.
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