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    Famous Irish bouzouki players (GDAD) we have a-plenty, but how about OM players? I can only think of John McGann and Tim O'Brien, but there must be others?

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    Sierra Hull
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    Darol Anger. Don Julin. Jim Richter!

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    Kevin Macleod and Dagger Gordon, of this parish... Both play Sobell OMs.

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    Okay, thanks. I should have remembered Sierra Hull and Sarah Jarosz. Some of the others I've heard of, but didn't know they played OM. Eg I think of Darol Anger as a fiddler, and David Surrette as mandolin/guitar. I'll start looking for recordings.

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    Roger Landes and Gerald Trimble. I'm taking "octave mandolin" to mean melody playing more than scale length or tuning.
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    Not sure how famous he is (but famous to me once I started seeking out great OM players and videos) but Collin Botts is pretty great.

    Check out his Drunken Sailor Hornpipe.


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    Ale Mφller is a wonderful player of the Latmandola or "Swedish Mandola," which has some similarities to an OM with added bass strings. His backing style seems a bit more counter-melody OM style than zouk-based, so I thought I'd add his name here. A great example of his playing is on the two albums of Shetland tunes he did with fiddler Aly Bain -- "Fully Rigged" and "Beyond the Stacks."

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    Danny Carnahan
    David Tiller
    Marvin Etzioni
    Lief Sorbye
    Colin Meloy of the Decemberists
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    Post #14 in this thread...http://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/sh...ield-beautiful

    Emory plays an OM on several of his CDs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrmando View Post
    Danny Carnahan
    David Tiller
    Marvin Etzioni
    Lief Sorbye
    Colin Meloy of the Decemberists
    All of these are playing an OM, tuned GDAE? Okay, cool. More vids to look up. I did find a rather nice Skip Gorman YouTube. He was singing and accompanying himself on an OM.

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    Taarka's latest CD is great. David Tiller plays mostly mandolin on it, I think. He does play octave mandolin and tenor guitar more live and on other CDs. I recently saw Taarka and they were fantastic. They are currently my favorite band.

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    Pat Kilbride's Rock and More Roses?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jvkelly View Post
    Pat Kilbride's Rock and More Roses?
    That originally came out as a vinyl LP called Rock and Roses. They added some more stuff for the CD.
    I always enjoyed that record - although I think he might have been playing a 10 string cittern rather than OM? Not completely sure.

    He did a really nice guitar version of Si Bheag Si Mhor on that - a bit hackneyed I know, but it's worth hearing.
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    That originally came out as a vinyl LP called Rock and Roses. They added some more stuff for the CD.
    I always enjoyed that record - although I think he might have been playing a 10 string cittern rather than OM? Not completely sure.

    He did a really nice guitar version of Si Bheag Si Mhor on that - a bit hackneyed I know, but it's worth hearing.
    Your're quite right as to the cittern, Dagger. From Pat Kilbride's website:

    Kilbride's cittern is a Stefan Sobell (www.sobellinstruments.com) spruce-and-rosewood five-course, tuned D A D A D (gauges .012, .017, .032, .042, .052) and fitted with a Fishman pickup. His 1979 ten-string bouzouki was made by Peter Abnett (DAbnett@aol.com); it's fitted with a DiMarzio magnetic humbucking pickup in the soundhole, which he runs into a Trace Elliot preamp pedal. Kilbride uses Elixir strings on all his instruments.

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    He is not famous as an OM player per se, but this clip by Swiss multi-instrumentalist Uldry Olivier is an amazing and creative use of the instrument, so it's "famous" for me. I really would love to be able to do stuff like this.


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    Yeah, he is nice to watch too.

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    The words famous and mandolin don't appear very often together in the same sentence even before you start throwing in "octave".

    The distinction between an octave and a bouzouki is not just scale length if you consider a typical zouk tuning to be GDAD, a really effective tool for melody playing for those who can pull it off. Don't know who this bloke is but this is a great example.


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    Default Re: Famous Octave Mandolin players

    James - Yes, I know "famous" is relative in this case. I asked specifically about octave mandolin, intending to mean GDAE. I know there are a good number of players effectively using GDAD, especially in Irish trad music. As that's my focus, I was hoping to get some suggestions of "famous" musicians using GDAE for Irish trad. Partly looking for inspiration.

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    Michael Kang, String Cheese Incident (jam band) doesn't play a lead guitar, but a lead 5-string electric mandolin. Not the usual rock genre instrumentation, not the usual genre for OM.

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    John Reischman played Octave Mandolin on the very rare Todd Phillips album "Released"- close enough for me
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    Steve Goodman -
    plays Flatiron octave mandolin on his Affordable Art album he is holding it on album's cover photo and there is a picture of him playing it on the back.

    Steve Earle - there is a YouTube video of him playing a Weber Sage.

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