Had an excellent time jamming at the Swannanoa Gathering last night. Got to see some old friends, meet some folks who read this blog (That was fun!). Before I knew it, I looked at the clock and it was 12:58 in the morning!
Stu (octave and mandolin player) pulled out Devanney’s Goat, which I learned with him in David Surrette’s class two years ago (and promptly forgot the week after). He’s inspired me to learn it and commit it to memory this time. I’ll have it for next year Stu!
Anyway, looking forward to more playing with new and old friends this week. In the meantime, here is a recording of two tunes that are great paired together. It’s just the octave mandolin and a metronome. Enjoy!
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A few months ago I was asked to play at a benefit for the AB Tech Culinary School in Asheville at the end of April. I arranged a trio, of myself on mandolin, a flautist (Will) and a banjo/bazouki player (Doug). All decked out in our suits and ties, we played two hours of irish music amidst the aroma of some of the best locally inspired recipes in the world.
One of the sets Doug had suggested was Bunker Hill with Trip to Durrow. It worked out nicely, and you can see the tab, standard notation, and chords below:
After the great show at Firestorm Cafe, here in Asheville, the following day a tune popped out. It’s nice driving tune, I’ve called “The Stone Smith”, in honor of one of my good friends, who happens to be a stone smith. This guy here —> http://www.artisanbuilderscollective.org/bio-matthew.html (If you need any stone work done, he’s the man for it.)
Last night we had an energetic, inspiring and moving evening of music at the Firestorm Cafe Imbolc Celebration.
The following recordings are from the performance. Some of the photos are from the performance. Others are from sessions throughout the year. The Rose in the Heather Set has photos from last night, for the most part.
I am definitely inspired to get back to learning new tunes, and perfecting technique!
Led Zeppelin - John Paul Jones, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Bonham
My first introduction to mandolin came through Led Zeppelin 4, namely the tracks Going to California andThe Battle of Evermore. Then I discovered many more mandolin tunes peppered throughout the Led Zeppelin catalog. I picked up the mandolin from time to time through out high school and college, namely to play those Zeppelin tunes, but never really got hooked on it until I gave my playing over to Celtic from Rock. However, I owe a great deal to Page, Plant, Bonham and Jones, for turning me on to this lovely instrument.
One of my favorite guitar instrumentals to play was Bron Yr Aur, from the second disc of Physical Graffiti. I always thought that it would make a great mandolin arrangement. After fiddling (mandolining?) with the key, I came up with (what I think is) a lovely arrangement of the tune on mandolin. This one is for you, Mr. Page, and your three friends that inspired me in many ways throughout my young adult life.
In the Mandolin II class at Celtic week, with David Surette, we learned a few tunes by ear, a few by tab, and also focused on how to make accompaniment with the mandolin interesting. I had to leave “the gathering” earlier today, to visit the in-laws, and so have had some time in the car to tab a few of the tunes for you. Click on the links below for the mandolin tablature for the irish tunes of (reel) Devanney’s Goat, (reel) Poor Old Woman, and (slip jig) Hardiman the fiddler.
Dorm Room at Celtic Week 2011 - Guitar, Mandolins and Kettlebells, what else do you need?