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December 25, 2012 | One last Christmas song for 2012

Time to put away the Christmas music for the year, but before we do, checkout this lovely archive Yuletide demo of his 2009 Jonathon Mann electric octave mandolin posted on YouTube, actor/musician Michael Johnstone treats us to a clever rendition of the seasonal classic, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." Multi-instrumentalist Michael has been mentioned on the site in the past for his role in the critically acclaimed HBO Series "Deadwood," and the rave reviews of his Rigel Gypsy Q.

The electric octave mandolin is tuned an octave below the traditional mandolin, pitched between a mandocello and a mandola.

Enjoy: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

See more about the work of the Tennessee builder, one of our faves, in our Builder's Showcase: Jonathon Mann


Posted by Ted at December 25, 2012 10:15 PM

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