“December 26” – Mandolin Christmas cards by Karen Cannon

Our good friend, artist, Karen Cannon (of Karen Cannon Studio) is re-releasing her delightful Christmas cards featuring her painting “December 26,” available on eBay. Karen, with great skill and wit, captures the fun of music in her music art collection – this painting is just one example. She also painted the cover art for Andy’s Dance of Life and Cafe Americana…

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It’s “Mandomonium” around Here!

The long-awaited reissue of Mandomonium Mandolin Orchestra’s CD, Mandomonium, is a reality, and we’re glad to say, it will has a home on Swift River Music! Sporting the wonderful music art of Karen Cannon (who also did the covers for Andy May’s Cafe’Americana CD and Dance of Life reissue, newly remastered by our go-to engineer, Nathan Smith at Mainframe Recording Studio in Nashville, TN, and bursting with all the fun and spirit of the original release, we are delighted to add this title to our catalog.

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Andy May: Dance of Life - a mandolin celebration -Cover art

Andy May – “Dance of Life”

This 2011 reissue of Andy’s critically-acclaimed mandolin album is remastered, remixed, and as much fun as ever! Dance of Life mixes the fire of bluegrass with the more laid-back feel of New England country dance music. The mostly instrumental CD is a sweet and lively presentation of original compositions and freshly arranged traditional tunes featuring Andy on mandolin with an all-star acoustic band backing him up. The reissue also features wonderful new artwork by music artist, Karen Cannon, and more detailed liner notes.

 

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Mandomonium

Bring together thirteen musicians sporting backgrounds from bluegrass, classical, and jazz. Add the love for the rich mandolin orchestra sound from the 1920’s, and you have Mandomonium! Founded and directed by Brent Hawley, this eclectic ensemble tackles songs that challenge the musicians and keep the listeners on the edge of their seats. Credits Produced by Brent Hawley Mandomonium Mandolin Orchestra First Mandolin: Grant Gordy, Dan…

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Andy May - Cafe' Americana

Andy May – “Café Americana”



Andy May dishes up comfort food for the soul with his 2005 release, Café Americana. Containing 14 new original songs, Café Americana continues Andy’s tradition of CDs packed with enjoyable songs that have depth, heart, and (often) a sense of humor, and are presented with excellent musicianship and beautiful, clean production. Solidly Americana, this CD lays out a smorgasbord of country, bluegrass, and folk-flavored acoustic treats cooked up and served by a seasoned performer and his five-star band.

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