Mandolins made their way into traditional music after they were taken up by early Bluegrass and Old Time musicians in the US and soon after found its way into Celtic traditions. Compared to the traditional round back variety, most players prefer a flat back design which can come in a variety of shapes. It is tuned exactly the same as a fiddle and its got frets, a natural crossover instrument for many players wanting to try something different or a great first instrument. It has eight strings but they are grouped into four pairs, to help boost volume and gives the mandolin its unique ring.

Who you should listen to: (Tassie’s own) Luke Plumb (and Shooglenifty), Maria Fibish, Louis McMannus, Kevin MacLeod

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