Bluegrass mandolin

Mandolins in the Bluegrass Family

Mandolins in the Bluegrass Family

The rather small, eight stringed mandolin with its fairly  poor stage projection seems an unlikely source of  modern Bluegrass music. Yet this magical instrument has become one of the best markers of Bluegrass.

While Bluegrass is largely an American form of music, it is also derived from Irish and Scottish music.  In the early portion of the twentieth century, in the Appalachian mountains, people of  a wide variety of nationalities found entertainment and comfort playing the music of their homelands.  Many of these people were tenant farmers and relatively recently freed slaves. READ MORE »

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