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    John Skehan of Railroad Earth. He's a fantastic bluegrass picker and put out an album of mando duets composed by Emanuele Barbella

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    -Avi Avital
    -Chris Acquavella
    -Aaron Weinstein (though more well-known as a jazz fiddle player)
    -Andy Statman
    -Dominick Leslie
    -David Long
    -Mike Compton
    -David Benedict
    -Evan Marshall

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    All I can think of is a few players that may have been mentioned, Uncles Gene Johnson and Uncle Dick Smith. Ray Legere, Anthony Hannigan, Scott Pearson-one of many kinda unknown Winfield /other mandolin contest winners. Emory Lester, John Duffey, Buzz Busby, Red Rector, Jethro Burns, Dave Appalon, Ronnie and Dale Reno, All I can think of right now anyway I know there are others, others are too well known like the Dawg, Ronnie McCoury, Sam Bush etc...That list could go on and on!

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    Who exactly is doing these "ratings" ? Doyle and Gaudreau (and many others mentioned) underrated?.... that's "news" to me.

    Re Marty Stuart. Back when Skaggs did his mando extravaganza album, a concert was also filmed and aired on PBS. You can hunt up athread about the show on the MC archives though I don't recall how long ago it was, I added my own comment that from watching, the two guys who were far out ahead of everyone else on stage (on mandolin) were Vince Gill and "Big Hair" Marty Stuart. Yeah the others were good, but Vince and Marty were beyond.

    "Underappreciated" is something different from "underrated" especially if the players are from genres you are not that familiar with. There's nothing underrated about Dave Swarbrick, Andy Irvine, Martin Jenkins, etc. if you have any familiarity with UK/Irish folk. There have been numerous MC threads about "Ireland/UK: Who should I listen to?" if you want to dig up those lists of recommendations.

    OK, having thought about players who don't already have their talents widely acknowledged, there are only a few that come to mind that have really impressed me.

    One is the guy from Railroad Earth. Really liked what he did with the instrument.
    John Skehan of Railroad Earth. He's a fantastic bluegrass picker and put out an album of mando duets composed by Emanuele Barbella
    Another is Jarmo Romppanen from Finland. I taught for three or four days at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki way back in 1995, and Jarmo was one of a half dozen students (all could really play). He's become a really superb player, with control of dynamics, articulation, and nuance I find lacking in most players, including a lot of the pros. He has the BEST sounding 10-string mandolin-mandola I've heard. He is taking the instrument to the type of playing/technique I have pursued and will surely rattle a lot of cages if a Scandinavian player can become an international presence. Just watch the first tune of the medley below!



    Ale Möller
    , multi-instrumentalist from Sweden, has been a leading figure in Scandinavia for 30 years. To me, he's a Nordic "Andy Irvine-meets-Martin Carthy" on the trad stuff with his Swedish bouzouki. (but his playing goes far beyond Nordic genres into Balkan, and world fusion. There was a bone-chilling (pro video) of Möller and Aly Bain doing "The New Rigged Ship" but evidently it has been removed from youtube. Can't find an pro/TV fottage of Ale Möller as a duo with Aly Bain or with Bruce Molsky, just audience phone video with substandard video/audio. Here's an audio track from a (Swedish trio) Frifot CD.



    But Möller isn't "underrated" since he has been a monster player on the level of Swarbrick, Annbjørn Lien, Vince Gill, Tommy Peoples, Richard Thompson etc. etc. etc.

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    Andrew Marlin of Mandolin Orange. Not underrated, but criminally under-heralded.

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    Drew Emmitt.

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    How about Butch Baldassari.

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    Ronnie McCoury, my personal fave in terms of his style, along with Dawg...................
    Sarah Harris of Trinity River Band, quite a young player who can play circles around the Rhonda Vincent types.........
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    Marc MacGlashan...!

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    How about Harry Gilmore from the first Country Cooking album..

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    One more from Sweden: Erik Igelstrom! Smoking hot jazz player!
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    Herschel Sizemore has to be on the list. On the swing/jazz side, Johnny Gimble was a master. Paul Glasse is another.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mandocrucian View Post

    Another is Jarmo Romppanen from Finland. I taught for three or four days at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki way back in 1995, and Jarmo was one of a half dozen students (all could really play). He's become a really superb player, with control of dynamics, articulation, and nuance I find lacking in most players, including a lot of the pros. He has the BEST sounding 10-string mandolin-mandola I've heard.
    Romppanen cannot be recommended enough. I first heard of him last October, from an article here in the Cafe about his release of his album Nordic Mandolin. Really, his playing transcends mandolin and is just music.
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