A spellbinding journey through the history of the mandolin, fusing classical and folk, from world-class mandolinists
“The best mandolinists on the planet”, she from the classical world, he from folk, fuse both traditions as they take you on a journey through the history of the mandolin from 16th century Europe to the new world of the Americas, picking up strains of melodies from each new place and the many musical hands that it has touched. Caterina performs solo pieces on her Neapolitan bowl back mandolin and Mike may play a Bach cello suite on his Mandocello or an American traditional tune. From there they go to the mandolin’s heartland, Italy. As the Italians travelled the world they brought their mandolins with them, and we now have a long history for the instrument in the British Isles and the Americas that is rich with styles built on the idea of musicians finding common ground. Whether it’s old-time Bluegrass, Jazz, Brazilian, or Venezuelan, the mandolin has been a part of our musical heritage.