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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.


Oproep aan alle fanfares en harmonieën in Vlaams-Brabant

In het kader van de opnames voor hun derde cd, is het mandolinekwartet MANdolinMAN op zoek naar nog niet ontdekte, verloren gewaande melodieën uit de oude fanfare traditie. Heeft uw fanfare een muzikaal archief met verborgen pareltjes of speelt jouw harmonie nog polka's, mazurka's, walsen, schottischen en redowa's uit eigen streek? Neem dan als de bliksem contact op met MANdolinMAN en blaas het oude fanfarerepertoire nieuw leven in. Bedoeling is niet alleen dat deze nummers worden opgenomen door het mandolinekwartet, maar dat er zowiezo live wordt samengewerkt met jouw fanfare of harmonie!

Upcoming events

  • 22-23/07/2016: Warwick Folk Festival
    Warwick, UK
  • 31/07/2016: Zilleghem Folk Festival
    Zilleghem, BE
  • 17/12/2016: Vuurfestival Dendermonde
    Dendermonde, BE
  • 26/03/2017: Bretagne
    Bretagne, FR

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