Vieni sul mar (Neapolitan song)

  1. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    This is the way we play this famous Neapolitan song with our mandolin group -- I am not sure who arranged it for us, but I suspect it was the late (and much missed) Tony Judge. I am using a "quartetto romantico" line-up, i.e. a quartet of two mandolins, mandola in G and guitar (tenor guitar in my case). Played on a vintage Italian bowlback mandolin, made in Naples in the golden age of Neapolitan song.

    I posted a PDF scan of our arrangement on the Cafe a few years ago (link).

    1890s Umberto Ceccherini mandolin (x2)
    Mid-Missouri M-111 octave mandolin (mandola in G)
    Vintage Viaten tenor guitar

  2. Brian560
    Nice playing Martin !
  3. John Kelly
    John Kelly
    Great arrangement and performance on this one Martin. The bowlback really cuts through here.
  4. Simon DS
    Simon DS
    Nice one Martin, reminds me of surfing for some reason, maybe it’s the bowl back. Well done.
  5. Christian DP
    Christian DP
    Nice arrangement and playing on your Golden age bowlback Martin!
    I recorded a simple version of this song four years ago. Must have
    been on my first bowlback, a Suzuki that I bought used. For accompaniment
    purposes, I strummed an ukulele. Somewhere in the future, I want to record
    a more elaborate version...
  6. Frithjof
    Great playing of a complex arrangement, Martin.
    Nice playing on your Suzuki, Christian.
  7. John Kelly
    John Kelly
    Nice version, Christian. Interesting blend of the uke and mandolin; they sound good together.
    I realised, listening to your and Martin's versions, that the refrain that appears in notation around the 50 second mark on your video is the tune used in an old English Music Hall comic song entitled Two Lovely Black Eyes! It was written by a performer called Charles Coborn. The lyrics include: "Two Lovely black eyes/Oh, what a surprise/and only for telling a man he was wrong/I got two lovely black eyes!" Come now, altogether let's hear you all.
  8. Gelsenbury
    Two very good performances reminding us of the versatility of the mandolin! The tremolo skills in both videos are impressive.
  9. Simon DS
    Simon DS
    Fine playing Christian, nice how the instruments weave together.
  10. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    Thanks, all! Very nice playing, Christian, I like the focus on the pure melody of the song.

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