MANdolinMAN from ‘Old Tunes’ to ‘Bossa Nova’
MANdolinMAN, Belgium's finest mandolin quartet, plays traditional Flemish tunes. Founded in the summer of 2011, the foursome has since toured in Belgium, Holland, Canada, Brasil and Scotland.
Their first album, ‘Old Tunes, Dusted Down’, is a musical tribute to the unique fieldwork of Hubert Boone (°1940). Just like Alan Lomax followed in his father's footsteps, Hubert's son Andries Boone (mandolin) started the MANdolinMAN project. Together with three kindred spirits - Maarten Decombel (mandocello), Dirk Naessens (mandolin) and Peter-Jan Daems (mandola) - Andries' father's notations were brought back to life.
Being played on a very well-known instrument as the mandolin, the ‘local’ melodies from the small villages from Flanders become timeless and universal. Even a trained ear will find it difficult to locate some of the origins.
On their second album, ‘MANdolinMAN plays Bossa Nova’ the foursome perform well-known Bossa Nova standards as well as self-composed Bossa Nova style tunes. A unique take on the sound of Brasil.
Both albums were recorded and mixed by the superb technician Luc Weytjens. ARC Music, indisputably a folk and world music top label, re-released the first MANdolinMAN album ‘Old Tunes, Dusted Down’ worldwide.