Mando Madness http://redriverradio.org en Savannah Music Festival: Mando Madness Part Two http://redriverradio.org/post/savannah-music-festival-mando-madness-part-two <div><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Airs Thursday, May 1 at 8 p.</span>m.&nbsp;</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What do you get when you put five of the best </span>mandolinists<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> from the United States together on one stage? We weren't sure until the spring of 2005 when we hired David </span>Grisman<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Don </span>Stiernberg<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Mike Marshall, Tony Williamson, and Sam Bush for an evening of musical fireworks. Fri, 02 May 2014 01:00:00 +0000 43478 at http://redriverradio.org Savannah Music Festival: Mando Madness Part Two Savannah Music Festival: Mando Madness Part One http://redriverradio.org/post/savannah-music-festival-mando-madness-part-one <div><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Airs Thursday, April 24 at 8&nbsp;</span>p.m. &nbsp;</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The eight-stringed instrument that looks like a small lute and was played throughout Europe for several centuries is now known everywhere as the mandolin. This unique sounding instrument first entered popular American culture in the mid </span>19th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> century, when it was primarily used as a novelty instrument. By the year 1900 however, mandolin ensembles were touring the vaudeville circuit and mandolin orchestras were forming in schools and colleges. &nbsp;The ensuing 40 years saw the proliferation of mandolins across the south and a handful of American virtuosos performed, recorded, composed, and arranged for the mandolin in a variety of musical idioms. In this episode, we listen to David </span>Grisman<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Don </span>Stiernberg<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Sam Bush, Tony Williamson, and &nbsp;performing in a one-of-a-kind mandolin summit at the Savannah Music Festival.</span></div><p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 01:00:00 +0000 43134 at http://redriverradio.org Savannah Music Festival: Mando Madness Part One