Mandolinking began in 1997 with the aim of linking mandolin players with resources available on the internet.

Since then, the internet has grown exponentially and, with it, the volume of information for both new and experienced mandolin payers. Mandolinking retains its enthusiasm for sharing this information and promoting the mandolin, by linking to the best of the resources we can find.



Mandolin acquisition syndrome

Mandolin Magic

I found a really inspiring mandolin video last week featuring Mike Marshall in a panel discussion called “Mandolin Magic”. It’s 90 minutes long, so sit down with a coffee or a beer, mandolin in hand, and enjoy the fascinating exploration of  tips and techniques and some tremendous duet plating offered by Mike. It’s certainly given me some areas to work on!

On the subject of videos, Mandolessons is currently posting a weekly tune to learn - a phrase at at time - with tabs/music provided on their website. Here’s an example: “The Wren”.


Hexham Heydays

At the end of last year I spent some time in company with other local song-writers interpreting some of the archives uncovered by  Hexham Heydays - a lottery-funded community project. One of the results of the project, an e-book, has now been published and is available, free of charge, for i-pad and i-phone users. It takes the form of a walk around Hexham, pointing out buildings of  historic interest and illustrated by stories and songs about the characters who lived in Hexham between 1688-1838. Get your copy here and learn more about historic Hexham

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We’ll be home tonight by the light of the silvery moon. And my heart’s a-thumpin’ like a mandolin a-plunkin’ a tune.

Fain/Webster - the Deadwood Stage
My two favourite pastimes are drinking wine and playing the mandolin, but most of my friends would rather hear me drink wine.
after Mark Twain