From the 1890’s in America, two great crazes shaped the history of music – ragtime, and the mandolin. By the 1920’s, ragtime had morphed into jazz and popularity of the mando-family was eclipsed by the guitar and banjo.
Something Doing is Peter Grayling and Rachel Armstrong playing their original arrangements of ragtime classics on vintage mandolin, mandola and mandocello and a variety of songs that feature vocal harmony and Peter’s tasteful improvisations on cello and mandola.
Peter Grayling – mandocello, mandola, mandolin, cello, vocals
Peter is mainly known as a cello player and has played at most of the major Australian festivals including regular collaborations with some of Australia’s leading folk singers. He is well known and loved for his long musical partnership with American singer and songwriter Kristina Olsen. Peter bought his first mandolin in the 1970s and has carried it alongside his cello in many of his musical ventures since.
Rachel Armstrong – mandolin, mandola, guitar, vocals
Rachel Armstrong plays mandolin, violin, ukulele and sings her original songs with Fremantle acts, including the Sideshow Allies and the Kiss List.