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Folkadelphia Session: Mandolin Orange

Mandolin Orange, photo by Alex Loops
Photo by Alex Loops

We welcome back our friends Emily Frantz and Andrew Marlin, the duo Mandolin Orange, to Folkadelphia for an encore in-studio session almost a year after their first. As much things have changed in that time, so much has stayed the same. Working somewhere within their Americana, folk, and roots framework, Mandolin Orange continues to create music with an undeniable chemistry and intimacy. Continue reading →

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Folkadelphia Session: Mandolin Orange


Over the past handful of years, the North Carolinian duo Mandolin Orange, comprised of Emily Frantz and Andrew Marlin, have been building and growing on their extreme talent and chemistry together, on the road and on record. Last year they released their most accomplished record yet, This Side of Jordan, via the Yep Roc Records label, a perfect home for this brand of genuine and emotional Americana. Continue reading →

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Watch Mandolin Orange’s FreshGrass Session, Catch them at The Abbey Bar July 10th

Photo via facebook.com/MandolinOrange
Photo via facebook.com/MandolinOrange

Chapel Hill folk duo Mandolin Orange released their third album This Side of Jordan. The duo consists of Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz and incorporates a variety of instruments, from fiddles to mandolins and guitars. Named after the bright-colored mandolin that Marlin plays, the band makes catchy, melancholy folk music with a touch of bluegrass and country. Last month, the duo did a session with Fresh Grass.

The story behind the album, as he told by American Songwriter, is Marlin’s healing process after falling 10 feet into a North Carolina dam. The songs are, by turn, tragic and hopeful. Overall, it’s cozy and honest. Late last year, the band played the catchy ballad “Waltz about Whiskey” during a fantastic session with NPR’s Folk Alley. The song, like most of the songs by the group, are written straight from the heart. What stands out about the band is the sense that they’re being completely sincere in their music.

Catch Mandolin Orange at the Abbey Bar July 10th. Get more details at the XPN Concert Calender. Watch the FreshGrass Session below.