Saturday, April 28, 2018

River Roll & Stroll, South Hadley - Performances by South Hadley Mandolin Orchestra and Celticado

Once a year, for just a few hours, we shut down the Route 116 Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge and #MEETintheMIDDLE for a FREE pop-up street festival. The event spans the Connecticut River just below the roaring Holyoke Dam, filling the bridge with a joyful spectacle of music, art, food, and celebration. 


Our 2018 lineup features a series of remarkable artistic collaborations, with musicians and dancers parading in from opposite sides of the bridge to join forces on our center stage. Here’s a sneak-preview of this year's exciting performances:

** The South Hadley Mandolin Orchestra performing the Bach Double Concerto for two mandolins and orchestra.

** Latin Grammy Award winner, Mister G teams up with a dozen drummers and dancers to invigorate his Samba inspired songs with the raucous rhythms of The Berkshire Bateria & Bossa Triba.

** Holyoke High School’s viral wordsmith and YouTube sensation, Roshay leads the hip-hop dance crew, CRAZEFAZE in a flash mob style street performance.

** Summerville’s Desperate Measures Street Band kicks off the festivities with the Valley’s own Expandable Brass Band, swarming the bridge with an ecstatic, brass cacophony.

** High School Marching Bands and Community Bands from both sides of the river will converge to form a huge ensemble (200 musicians strong), playing a rousing Irish anthem above the swirling current.

And that's just a taste! Other performers include The Salsa Train Orquestra., Prone to Mischief, Below the Gaff, Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band.

Bring your bicycle, unicycle, stilts, chalk, and skates. Blow a giant bubble, spin a hula hoop, shake a tambourine, and dance to the raucous rhythm of fifteen flamboyant drummers. Wear a costume or paint your face and help us transform the bridge into a spectacle of music, art, dance, food, and celebration.

We'll have a fleet of food trucks on both sides: El-Guanaco, South Hadley, MA, Bruiser's BBQ Food Truck, Corsello Butcheria, Holyoke Hummus Company, Bistro Bus, Murphy's Pub Agawam, Ma, as well as Crooked Stick Pops and Chill Out if you fancy something cool and sweet.

The event is FREE with something for everyone. Learn more at

Weber / Flatiron Mandolin For Sale

One of my students is looking to sell their Weber / Flatiron Mandolin.

Here is the description:

“Bruce Weber Signed 1994 Flatiron A5 Jr Price  $1100

Very fine sounding mandolin with great volume and good tone. An adjustable truss rod has replaced the original non-adjustable truss rod. It has just been fret dressed, fitted with a Brekke bridge, and set-up properly by our local luthier who has 35 years experience. A Cumberland pick guard has been added. The strap and arm rest in the photo are included as well as a HSC. Has J74's on it. If you are not familiar with Flatiron mandolins see Brad Laird's blog at: It is in excellent condition with the normal wear expected from a well taken care of 24 year old mandolin. There is however about a quarter sized spot of pick rash under the pick guard where it can not be seen.”

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

The South Hadley Mandolin Orchestra is recruiting players!

We are always recruiting new players! If you live within a 100 mile drive of South Hadley, MA, we'd love to welcome you to join us.

Rehearsals are Tuesday nights from 7-9pm at 4 Open Square Way in Holyoke, MA. If you are planning to come, please PM me with your email address, so I can send you sheet music for the pieces we are working on.

We have concerts planned for May, June, July, September, October and November.

We are actively seeking mandola and mandocello players, of course mandolin players are welcome as well!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Several Concerts coming up with the South Hadley Mandolin Orchestra

  • Sunday, May 6, 2018 - RIVER ROLL & STROLL - South Hadley/Holyoke between 11am-3pm
  • Sunday, July 29, 2018 - PORTER PHELPS MUSEUM - Hadley - 2-3pm

Les Poules huppées

CRESTED HENS, THE (Les Poules huppées). French, Bourrée à 3 temps (3/8 time). E Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). Composed in 1983 by French...