David Benedict


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  • Mandolin Mondays #68 /// Dave Matthews Band Mandolin Medley

    April 17, 2017: So… I may or may not have been obsessed with the Dave Matthews Band as a kid… Here’s a mandolin mashup of a few of my DMB favorites: “Grace is Gone,” “Tripping Billies,” “Rapunzel,” and “Ants Marching.”

    Thanks so much for watching and sharing these videos with your friends! Also, I’ve written out the tab/notation for how I played through the tunes in this video. I’d love to connect with you and send you a free copy. Just contact me through my website: http://davidbenedictmusic.com/contact/

    And, on a totally unrelated note, I’m getting ready to hit the road with Mile Twelve for our Spring East Coast Tour! Would love to see some mandolin friends at any of these dates below. Check out our website for more details: http://www.miletwelvebluegrass.com/

    4/18 – Bourbon & Branch – Philadelphia, PA

    4/20 – Germano’s Piattini – Baltimore, MD

    4/21 – The Down Home – Johnson City, TN

    4/22 – The Violin Shop – Nashville, TN

    4/23 – The Grey Eagle w/ Zoe and Cloyd – Asheville, NC

    4/24 – House Concert – Oakboro, NC

    4/25 – Clemson UMC Church – Clemson, SC

    4/26 – Bill’s Pickin’ Parlor – West Columbia, SC

    4/27 – Roasting Room – Bluffton, SC

    4/28 – The Sandy Spring Museum – Sandy Spring, MD

    4/29 – BSP Lounge w/ Old Salt Union – Kingston, NY

    4/30 – The Parlor Room w/ Old Salt Union – Northampton, MA

    5/4 – Empire w/ Old Salt Union – Portland, ME

    5/5 – The Burren Backroom w/ Old Salt Union – Somerville, MA

    5/7 – The Knitting Factory w/ Old Salt Union – Brooklyn, NY

    Happy Picking!


  • Mandolin Mondays #67 w/ Special Guest Marla Fibish /// “The Rocky Road” and “Comb Your Hair”

    April 10, 2017: Excited to have the great Marla Fibish with us this week playing a couple of favorite hop jigs on her trusty 1922 Gibson oval hole mandolin.

    Based in San Fransisco, Marla Fibish is a vanguard of the modern day Irish mandolin. Over the years, she has helped establish the mandolin’s place in the Irish music tradition through her innovative approach to stylistic embellishments, right hand technique, and tone production. Now, she teaches at some of the most prestigious workshops across the nation, and performs regularly with her own project entitled Noctambule. Check out their most recent recording here: https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/noctambule

    Here, Marla gives us the inside scoop on the tunes: “It’s an honor to be invited to submit a video for Mandolin Mondays! To prepare for this heady assignment, I checked out some of the earlier installments to get a feel for the deal. I saw that Adam Tanner had posted an Old Time tune called ‘The Rocky Road to Dublin.’ That caught my eye, as ‘The Rocky Road to Dublin’ is a well-known melody in my world–the world of Irish Music–where it’s played both as a song and as a tune. I was hoping to hear the old Irish tune deep in the Old Time tune and cleverly show how it sounded before it morphed and changed after crossing the Atlantic. The truth is, I could not hear the old melody in Adam’s great playing of the Old Time tune—perhaps you can–or perhaps there is no connection between them!

    A bit more about the Irish Rocky Road:

    According to Wikipedia, the words to the song were written by D.K. Gavan, ‘The Galway Poet’, for the English music hall performer Harry Clifton (1824–1872), who popularized the song. I suspect the melody was already around and got cleverly repurposed for the song. You may recognize the chorus:

    ‘One two three four five, hunt the hare and turn her down the rocky road and all the way to Dublin, whack-fol-la-de-da!’

    I love the use of the words ‘one two three four five’ in the song—it is the way children are taught to count when they are learning to dance the slip-jig rhythm.

    Be all that as it may, I am playing it as a tune, more specifically as a hop-jig, a type of slip jig with a fun 9/8 rhythm. I follow it with another hop jig–an old favorite of mine with the title, ‘Comb Your Hair and Curl It.’ I hope you like them!”

    For more info about Marla’s music, online lessons, and performance dates, connect with her at the links below:


  • Mandolin Mondays #66 Featuring Special Guest Alan Epstein /// “Shalom Aleichem”

    April 3, 2017: This week we have Alan Epstein playing a graceful rendition of this bittersweet traditional Jewish melody on his Collings MT 1 mando.

    Alan has been deeply involved in the mandolin community for over 40 years now. His contributions have ranged from teaching at numerous mandolin workshops across the North East, to writing for the former publication Mandolin Magazine, and even to founding the the modern-day Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra. Most recently, Alan has recorded an album of mandolin and guitar duets entitled Sunset on Meriden Hill. Be sure to check it out here: https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/content.php?340-New-Music-from-Alan-Epstein-Sunset-On-Meriden-Hill

    Here’s Alan with a few words about the video, “The tune I’m playing is Shalom Aleichem a beautiful, traditional Jewish melody that I included on my recent CD project. I learned the tune from one of the David Grisman and Andy Statman CD’s that was released many years ago on Acoustic Disc. If you like the sound of this melody, I would suggest you dig into those two Grisman/Statman recordings as well as The Book of the Dawg – Dawg Roots which includes a transcription of this melody.”

    Contact Alan through his website for more info about his music, lessons, and performances: https://www.alanepsteinmusic.com/


  • Mandolin Mondays #65 w/ Special Guest Emory Lester /// “Eight More Miles to Louisville”

    March 27, 2017: Honored to have a special video from the great Emory Lester for this week’s Mandolin Monday. Feast your ears on this mind-blowing rendition of “Eight More Miles to Louisville” performed on Emory’s battle worn Northfield axe.

    Emory’s exciting creative voice on the mandolin speaks for itself. Over the years, he’s performed with the likes of the Tony Rice Unit, comedian and banjo player Steve Martin, and many other acoustic music giants. Now known for his prolific work with Jill Jones, Wayne Taylor, clawgrass banjo player Mark Johnson, and as a solo artist, Emory has had a large part in shaping the sound of the modern mandolin. His most recent solo record, At Dusk, displays this creativity through a selection of beautifully unique compositions and compelling performances.

    Yet even more compelling is his generous spirit and sparkling sense of humor which both shine through in all of his musical endeavors. In regards to this video, Emory says, “I tried to just have fun with this one instead of trying to make some hugely artistic statement. There’s a bit of humor in this version of ‘Eight More Miles to Louisville.’ If anyone chuckles at this, then I’ve succeeded I guess.”

    For more info about his music, performance dates, and online lessons, contact Emory through his website: http://www.emorylester.com/

  • Mandolin Mondays #64 /// “Boston Boy”

    March 20, 2017: Things have been crazy busy recently, but I’m happy to be back with another Mandolin Monday video! This past month I made the final move up to Boston to join Mile Twelve and record our new album together. Now that things have settled down, I thought I’d share a few passes at an appropriately titled fiddle tune to celebrate the occasion. You can contact me through HERE for a free copy of the tab/notation transcription for this video.