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The latest on what's happening at
Frank's Violins, around Indianapolis and more...
The third annual Midwest Mandolin Festival will be held
in Indianapolis at Eagle Creek Park on Saturday, June, 2, 2007.
here for all the information!
Hedgehog Music Showcase
opened in Arcadia, IN, Friday, November 3rd with Bleu D'jango
(fantastic gypsy jazz), the 4th with Richard Smith (guitarist
extraordinaire) and the 5th with Bahler-Graber. This is a
new non-smoking music venue in the hometown of the Hoosier
Hotshots. Shows will continue every Friday, Saturday and
Sunday. Call for the latest schedule at 317-984-3560.
Congratulations to Indiana fiddler Julane Lund for
winning the Indiana State Fair fiddle competition. See the
article from the
Click here to learn more about
Julane and her appearances here in Indiana. Julane will be
teaching at our store beginning in mid-February so call to
schedule a lesson today!
Mandolinist David Grisman brings his 30th year musical
celebration tour to Indiana at Perdue on November 12th, 2006!
Click here for information!
Chris Thile and the How to Grow a Band performed here in Indianapolis
at the Music Mill on October 25th, 2006 and amazed everyone who
Click here to see a photo from
the show and for the link to their webpage.
Sofia Violins, an Indianapolis based company, has been
featured in this
Indianapolis Business Journal article.
Sofia Violins was applauded for their forward thinking global
business decisions and it's dedication to fine quality hand
crafted instruments. We are honored to carry Sofia's fine
instruments here at our store. We have a number of Sofia
violins and violas in stock so please stop in at our store and
play one and see what a difference quality can make!
Computer model to delve into
Swedish scientists hope to un-lock the secret of the finest
violins in the world.
I was fortunate to attend
Mark O'Connor's Hot Swing Live
tour in Louisville, KY, the first date of the tour in the wake
of the Sept. 27, 2005 release of his third Hot Swing Jazz CD,
Mark OíConnorís Hot Swing Trio Live in New York.
OíConnorís 26-city Hot Swing Live Tour which commenced Oct. 1,
2005 in Louisville, Ky. to support the release of the album with
an all-star ensemble that includes: bassist
Jon Burr (an original member of
the Hot Swing Trio and former bassist for Stephane Grappelli),
Bryan Sutton, guitarist
Howard Alden and vocalist
Roberta Gambarini. What really caught my eye and ear was
Jon Burr's bass made by
Hannah Mayne, a gamba style
bass with great tone and style. Here's a
video clip I found about Ms.
Mayne. Our hats off to her and her basses...fantastic!
What's that??? The hardanger fiddle is an 8-9 stringed,
highly ornamented Norwegian folk instrument. Learn more
about the instrument from Indiana artist Julane Lund.
Click here to learn more about
Julane and her appearances here in Indiana.
A marriage of music and art! See the
Painted Violins of the Carmel
Symphony Orchestra that raised money at a recent auction for the
educational programs and outreach of the CSO and the CSO League.
Mandolin Cafe News
updates are now available on our site!
Click here for the latest in
mandolin headlines and news!
Beyond bluegrass! The new Nickel Creek CD "Why
should the fire die?" is out!
Click here to link to their
video, "When In Rome". Sara Watkins' fiddle just
soars and Chris Thile sure tears up that mandolin! If you
have never heard Chris play the mandolin check out his solo CD "Not
all who wander are lost". Fantastic stuff with a cast
include Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Jerry Douglas, Jeff Coffin (of
the Flecktones), Stuart Duncan, Bryan Sutton, and Byron House,
as well as fellow Nickel Creek members Sean and Sara Watkins.
Antonio Stradivari - His Life and Work
W. Henry Hill, Arthur F. Hill & Alfred E. Hill
Originally Published in 1902, Cello Heaven has this internet
edition available on-line.
Click here to learn more.
legendary fiddler passed away. He will be missed by all!
A quote from
Vassar's web page - "On
August 16th 2005 at 8:25 am Nashville time, the angels in heaven
stopped singing for a moment, as they heard the most beautiful
music approaching from a distance - the high lonesome sound of
Vassar Clements' fiddle."
Eastman Mandolins introduces a
2 point A style
mandolin at the summer NAMM show in Indianapolis.
Mandolin Players Unite! Become a member of the
Mandolin Society of Central Indiana! It's Free and
Click here to find out more
about "Mandolindy" and MSCI!
If you happen to find yourself
in Madison, WI don't miss The Randall Harrison
Trio. For more info and other dates see their his web
Randall's violin playing soars!
Here's a great link from
ThinkQuest to learn more about the violin!
We are happy to add Lori Honer to our teaching staff
and she is now instructing cello students here at Frank's
Violins. Call for more information!
The Republic" newspaper in Columbus, IN features Jeri
Cannon and her painted dolphin named "Doo Wop" -
Columbus artist Jeri Cannon is one of 20 Hoosier artists
whose work is featured in the Indianapolis Zooís Dolphins By
Frank's Violins welcomes
Byron Plexico, the former concertmaster of the Carmel
Symphony Orchestra of 15 years, to our teaching staff. He
now has limited openings available for violin and viola students
here at Frank's Violins.
A 16 1/4 inch viola,
circa 2004, is currently available from our own maker
Benjamin Parrott. Beautifully antiqued with a
wonderful deep sound and rich tone. Call for details.
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