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    Registered User Mement0o's Avatar
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    I like that mood!

    Le bonjour from a Parisian mandolin lover

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    That was a lot of fun! Any idea what the event they were playing at was? This mandolin orchestra seems to be part of a bigger festival of some sort. I got a kick out of the gentleman with the beard off to the right of our screen at a couple of points in the video. Doesn't he look like Charles Darwin?
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    Wow! Very enthusiastic audience response.
    Playing that would have been quite a statement in 1968 following on from the events of May and June.
    Facinating insight

    Here’s another appearance in March 1974


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    I just can’t figure out what the two three guys in the back with the red scarfs we’re doing. Were they percussionists or vocalists at rest?

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    For what it's worth, the "Mandoline Club de Paris" was an orchestra founded, run and conducted by Jeanne Ricarda-Mathorez (1887-1980). This would be the lady seen to conduct the orchestra in the video -- she was 81 years in 1968!

    The Mandoline Club recorded extensively on the Festival label. A quick look on Ebay gave at least seven albums on sale second hand, including "A travers la Russie" which contains this tune.

    The Club's line-up was:

    "14 mandolines (solo, a,b,c)
    5 Mandoles
    6 guitares
    1 luth
    1 violoncelle
    1 flûte
    1 contrebasse
    1 piano
    1 batterie et accessoires
    En certaines occasions il a su s'adjoindre la harpe et la guitare hawaïenne.

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    The melody is definitly Russian, as well as the (backstage?) dancing. "World music" of the sixties in Paris? I like it!

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