Page 7 of 7 FirstFirst ... 34567
Results 151 to 163 of 163

Thread: Random mandolin sightings

  1. #151
    The Amateur Mandolinist Mark Gunter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Location
    Sweetwater, Texas
    Posts
    3,199

    Default Re: Random mandolin sightings

    Spotted this 1973 photo of Stephen Stills today

    Name:  stills_mandolin.jpg
Views: 467
Size:  26.3 KB
    Technique, theory and fun, fun, fun. I love playing, studying and sharing MUSIC.
    "Life is short. Play hard." - AlanN
    ------------------------
    HEY! The Cafe has Social Groups, check 'em out. I'm in these groups:
    Newbies Social Group | The Song-A-Week Social
    The Woodshed Study Group | Collings Mandolins | MandoCymru
    - Advice For Mandolin Beginners
    - YouTube Stuff

  2. The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to Mark Gunter For This Useful Post:


  3. #152
    Professional Dreamer journeybear's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Key West
    Posts
    11,834
    Blog Entries
    2

    Default Re: Random mandolin sightings

    Not a G chord! Kind of a D7sus, perhaps

    Hey Steve! If you're not sure what to do with with that fine if somewhat worn instrument, I'll be glad to give it a whirl.
    But that's just my opinion. I could be wrong. - Dennis Miller

    Furthering Mandolin Consciousness

    Blues Mando Social Group
    Gibson Mandolins Social Group
    North Florida Mandolin Players Social Group

    The big blowhard in his conch shell blowing championship form

  4. #153
    Professional Dreamer journeybear's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Key West
    Posts
    11,834
    Blog Entries
    2

    Default Re: Random mandolin sightings

    This may not be an entirely random sighting, all things considered. But a few aspects of this experience, notably the performance, were a bit unusual.

    The Martin Barre Band played at our local theater last night. I didn't know what to expect, but Jethro Tull was one of my favorite bands back in the day (there was a time my Big Three were, The Band, Jethro Tull, and Traffic, even with so much other suiff going on, Hendrix and Cream included), so I wasn't going to miss this. I volunteer as an usher there, so I made sure to sign up for this show. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the evening's entertainment was going to feature all Jethro Tull songs. This was due to Martin celebrating Jethro Tull's 50th Anniversary, or perhaps his 50th year since joining the band, even though he doesn't play with Ian Anderson anymore. Also, Clive Bunker, the original drummer, was in the lineup. (And yes, he took a ride on "Dharma For One.")

    Before we opened the doors, I did what I often do - went to look at the stage setup. Along with the guitars to stage left was an F-style mandolin on a stand. I couldn't quite see what make it was.

    Someone came out from the wings and began tuning the guitars - an elderly man with longish white hair breezing back from a receding hairline, a wee wisp of a goatee, and glasses. When he was in between instruments I asked him what make of mandolin that was. He said "Aria." I said something polite but there might have been a slight tone in my voice that may have conveyed disappointment. He said, "I didn't want to risk bringing my good one from England just for one song. This does quite well." A light went on in my head - this was Martin Barre himself doing the guitar teching.

    We chatted some about mandolins and such. He has a 1917 Gibson F-4 with an oval hole. I said I have an A model, oval hole, same age. I like how it has a fuller low end. He nodded his assent. I commented on him doing his own guitar teching. He said, "I don't trust anyone else with it." That does seem a practical approach. I appreciated his downright, forthright demeanor in talking with me. Very cool, indeed. And also, as I think back on it now - I believe he was not using a tuner. This always impresses me. Those are some good ears.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	20190502_203407 (2).jpg 
Views:	19 
Size:	687.8 KB 
ID:	176439

    After rocking their way through the repertoire in fairly chronological order for over an hour - and let me tell you, they were putting a lot of punch into the songs without the distraction of that fussy flighty flautist hogging the limelight they switched over to acoustic mode for about twenty minutes, The last song of the set featured Martin on mandolin, the bass player switching over to Irish bouzouki, and one of the backup singers playing washboard and singing lead. I had been thinking they might do "Fat Man," that being perhaps the most well-known instance of mandolin in Jethro Tull's oeuvre. But then again, I believe that was Ian playing mandolin, so what Martin would play ... well, that could have been anyone's guess. The selection was "Locomotive Breath." The classic rock riff was barely even suggested from time to time. Instead the driving force was provided by a descending minor scale motif doubled by mandolin and bouzouki. The overall effect was a sort of Olde English minstrel sound, quite refreshing in its innovation.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	20190502_212825 (2).jpg 
Views:	24 
Size:	350.0 KB 
ID:	176438 Click image for larger version. 

Name:	20190502_211411.jpg 
Views:	14 
Size:	297.8 KB 
ID:	176437

    There was an intermission, then another 45-50 minute set, with an encore of the classic rock version of "Locomotive Breath." Afterwards, contrary to the reportedly cancelled meet-and greet due to the late hour and loomimg 5-6-hour drive to the next show, Martin Barre was kind enough to delay leaving and meet fans. I was fortunate enough for him to grant my wish and pose for a picture with me. It was so kind of him, and a thrill for me to meet, however briefly, one of my all-time favorite guitarists. But the real thrill for me was the brief chat before the show. It's always pleasing to learn how unassuming and down-tp-earth and just bloody pleasant many of these extremely talented and fairly famous people can be.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	20190502_225841.jpg 
Views:	27 
Size:	399.4 KB 
ID:	176441
    Attached Files Attached Files
    Last edited by journeybear; May-03-2019 at 10:43am. Reason: a bit out of practice with this stuff
    But that's just my opinion. I could be wrong. - Dennis Miller

    Furthering Mandolin Consciousness

    Blues Mando Social Group
    Gibson Mandolins Social Group
    North Florida Mandolin Players Social Group

    The big blowhard in his conch shell blowing championship form

  5. The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to journeybear For This Useful Post:


  6. #154
    Professional Dreamer journeybear's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Key West
    Posts
    11,834
    Blog Entries
    2

    Default Re: Random mandolin sightings

    This is possibly the highest profile for mandolins in a commercial ever! And it's really cool, with some nice-looking and -sounding mandolins.


  7. The following members say thank you to journeybear for this post:


  8. #155

    Default Re: Random mandolin sightings

    Quote Originally Posted by journeybear View Post
    ... seeing a mandolin unexpectedly ...
    Today I was surprised to see a mandolin/mandola/pear-shaped instrument in a giant two-story-tall mural painted on the side of a building in Aberdeen WA. At first I couldn't tell what the mandolin was, initially it almost looked like a weapon or something (that's what caught my eye while waiting at the traffic light, I was like "Huh? What's that?" but after peering at it for a moment, it looked more like a mandolin. A mandolin? Really? Huh. I went back around the block and got a picture of it so I could study it in more detail. You can see in the mural's upper left, there's a guy playing a mandolin-like instrument, and a lady playing a bass fiddle or something similar. Note the bicycles below the mural at the bottom left of the pic, to get an idea of the mural's size. Cellphone pics: (click each pic several times to make 'em big enough to see)

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	mandolin-mural.jpg 
Views:	38 
Size:	916.5 KB 
ID:	179029

    Close-up/zoomed view of just the two musicians and instruments:

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	mandolin-mural-zoom.jpg 
Views:	27 
Size:	424.1 KB 
ID:	179030

    Apparently that particular mural was painted in 2016 by Jenny Fisher who lives in the region.

    The mural features industries that were hugely important in earlier years of the region, including shipbuilding, fishing, logging etc. About all that's left of those industries is a little bit of logging but not nearly as much as in past years.

    Incidentally, some possible more mandolin content: I've heard from various people that, in earlier years, plenty of old-growth spruce (for instance, tonewood for musical instrument tops) passed through Aberdeen and Hoquiam, on its way from the Olympic National Forest etc to (among other destinations) various musical instrument makers. Wait, lemme Google it... ok I found the following article about the town of Hoquiam which is about 4 miles (6.4 km) away from where the mural is:

    Gibson and Martin guitars made from Hoquiam spruce wood.
    Posey Manufacturing was producing 500,000 guitar tops annually at its height in the 1960s.

    ... all the major names like Gibson and Martin guitars were getting the Sitka spruce wood for guitar tops from Hoquiam.

    "It's almost certain that Posey guitar soundboards were in guitars used by Bob Dylan, Elvis, the absolute cream of the crop of musicians," ...

    Posey was producing 500,000 guitar tops annually for guitar companies at its height in the 1960s, according to former Posey Manager Frank Johnson.

    Because the supply of spruce trees in the Adirondack Mountains was running out in the 1930s, guitar companies looked to the West Coast for spruce, and Posey was the first major distributor of thin Sitka spruce boards that were glued together and sent to guitar companies to be cut into the shape for the front face of acoustic guitars....

    There were other companies selling spruce in the Pacific Northwest later on, but [Professor Chris Gibson] said Posey was the earliest and most important distributor between the 1930s and 60s. ...

    "Posey was truly a sleeper industry here," said [Hoquiam's Polson Museum Director John Larson]. "They quietly went along, no one paid attention to them, yet they were doing this worldwide distribution of a very specialized product, that was very precise."

    The Posey Manufacturing Co. has a long list of impressive products it made in the 1900s, from wooden spars used in the plane Charles Lindbergh flew for the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to piano soundboards for major piano companies such as Yamaha and Kimball, and other things like backgammon boards and bowls.

    The piano soundboards were one of the primary products for Posey, and former workers said they recall Steinway Pianos sending its soundboards to them for repairs on occasion.

    So... nevermind Dylan and Elvis guitar tops and piano soundboards, I wanna know if any of the Loar/etc mandolins were made with wood from the region. The article quoted above, doesn't specifically mention mandolins, but one would think if that Hoquiam wood-supplier company was producing 500,000 guitar tops per year, there must have been a few mandolin tops in there too.

    Guessing here, the old spruce soundboard producer in Hoquiam might have some bearing on why the mural's creator included two musical instruments in the painting. The focus of the mural seems to be on the area's immigrants and their jobs, and the sawmills definitely provided plenty of employment (not the safest line of work, but work nonetheless).

    Anyway, I was definitely surprised to see that mandolin/pear-shaped instrument painted there on the side of the building. I've seen the mural before but had not noticed that particular feature until today. (The mural is on Heron Street a few blocks down from Safeway before you get to Walmart, or another landmark would be that it's across the street from the touristy Billy's bar. I don't know the exact address or cross-street, and I'm too lazy to look it up on a map right now.)

  9. #156
    Registered User Bob Clark's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Beautiful Salem County, NJ
    Posts
    1,518

    Default Re: Random mandolin sightings

    What a great mural. Thanks for posting it and the explanation.
    Purr more, hiss less.

  10. The following members say thank you to Bob Clark for this post:

    JL277z 

  11. #157
    Registered User William Smith's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Sugar Grove,PA
    Posts
    2,583
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default Re: Random mandolin sightings

    I watched Rocky III last night and ya know the part where Rocky is training in "Style" to fight Clubber-Mr. T the house band has a mandolin player, looks like an Ibanez F-5!

  12. #158

    Default Re: Random mandolin sightings

    This ad was on the second page of National Geographic this month.
    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	adwithmando.jpg 
Views:	66 
Size:	7.25 MB 
ID:	179041

  13. The following members say thank you to CarlM for this post:

    JL277z 

  14. #159

    Default Re: Random mandolin sightings

    The Loars were earlier

  15. The following members say thank you to mandohat for this post:

    JL277z 

  16. #160

    Default Re: Random mandolin sightings

    Quote Originally Posted by journeybear View Post
    ...seeing a mandolin unexpectedly...
    This surprised me even more than my earlier mandolin mural sighting - I found this today on Michel Loiselle's "Gargoyles on Parliament Hill" webpage...

    The official Canadian Parliament Peace Tower in Ottawa Canada, has a gargoyle playing a mando or lute type of thing:

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	ottawa-mando.jpg 
Views:	10 
Size:	57.8 KB 
ID:	179115

    Nearby on the same Parliament clock tower, a concertina:

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	ottawa-concertina.jpg 
Views:	6 
Size:	65.4 KB 
ID:	179116

    Well, why not. Kinda cool!

    Fair Use, cropped versions - the little pics above are low-res cropped zoomed-in views; whereas the original pics are much larger.

  17. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to JL277z For This Useful Post:


  18. #161
    Registered User Ranald's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Location
    Ottawa, Canada
    Posts
    435

    Default Re: Random mandolin sightings

    Yes, they're role models to us mandolin and accordion players in Ottawa. Maybe I'll start a group called "The Gargoyles.'
    Robert Johnson's mother, describing blues musicians:
    "I never did have no trouble with him until he got big enough to be round with bigger boys and off from home. Then he used to follow all these harp blowers, mandoleen (sic) and guitar players."
    Lomax, Alan, The Land where The Blues Began, NY: Pantheon, 1993, p.14.

  19. The following members say thank you to Ranald for this post:

    JL277z 

  20. #162

    Default Re: Random mandolin sightings

    Quote Originally Posted by Ranald View Post
    Yes, they're role models to us mandolin and accordion players in Ottawa. Maybe I'll start a group called "The Gargoyles.'
    Sounds like a cool name!

  21. The following members say thank you to JL277z for this post:

    Ranald 

  22. #163
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Bend, OR
    Posts
    655

    Default Re: Random mandolin sightings

    Only went through the first 5 pages so if it was posted later-sorry. Was watching Milagro Beanfield War for the concertina and noted about 2 seconds of mandolin (Harmony/Kay?) during the harvest party......
    Thanks

Similar Threads

  1. Random mandolin sighting
    By Snakebeard Jackson in forum General Mandolin Discussions
    Replies: 1
    Last: Feb-11-2008, 1:00pm
  2. Random Sam Bush Video
    By skippy in forum Bluegrass, Newgrass, Country, Gospel Variants
    Replies: 0
    Last: Aug-03-2006, 9:26pm
  3. Non-traditional Mandolin Sightings
    By John Flynn in forum Bluegrass, Newgrass, Country, Gospel Variants
    Replies: 12
    Last: Mar-21-2006, 1:45pm
  4. random hippie sanding?
    By bluegrassplayer in forum Builders and Repair
    Replies: 1
    Last: Jan-01-2006, 10:18pm
  5. random hippie sanding?
    By Dave Cowles in forum Builders and Repair
    Replies: 13
    Last: Dec-20-2005, 11:14pm

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •