Sunday afternoon, Tony Williamson brought his "Exploring the Mandolin" program to the North Carolina Museum of History, part of PineCone's "Music of the Carolinas" series. Outside of being an accomplished mandolinist, Williamson doubles as a collector and dealer of vintage mandolins. His program focused on the evolution of the instrument in both design and usage—from the Italian Bowl-Back to Gibson's early work, from the prized Lloyd Loar mandolin through the contemporary F-5 Gibson mandolin made famous by the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe. Williamson described the swell in the eight-string's popularity that led to mandolin orchestras across the country and the factors that led to its fall from the mainstream, too.
Check below for some of his stories and songs.
Fiddle Tune Medley
Meeting Bill Monroe & playing Dusty Miller
The Road to Pedro's