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Artist Fact Sheet: Andrew Marlin

One half of Mandolin Orange comes to play at The Belfry

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Mandolin Orange is good at making music. The duo tells great stories in its songs, pairing songwriting with a blast of strings that perfectly move each moment along. Its latest album, 2019's "Tides of a Teardrop," is an excellent example of this—and there's no doubt that you'll be moved at some point listening through the 10 tracks.

Marlin poses with the other half of Mandolin Orange, Emily Frantz. - KENDALL BAILEY
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  • Marlin poses with the other half of Mandolin Orange, Emily Frantz.

One half of this duo, Andrew Marlin, is making his way to Central Oregon for a show at The Belfry. Get a little more familiar with him before Marlin brings his excellent bluegrass act to Sisters for a sold-out show.

Where he's from: Marlin's hometown is Warrenton, North Carolina, but he currently resides in Chapel Hill. Marlin's first instrument was a guitar he bought at age 14, and from there he never looked back. Along with his works in Mandolin Orange, Marlin has also become known for his work as a producer.

What's to like: Marlin put out his first solo album in 2018, titled "Buried in a Cape." The project is filled with a variety of bluegrass instrumentals—and while instrumental projects aren't for everybody, Marlin's is an easy and fun listen. He's able to change tempos and evoke a wide range of emotion through only his instruments, which is rather impressive.

Songs to start with: "Wooden Spoon Over By the Sink," Cody Road," "Toucan Play That Game," "Under the Mulberry Tree"

For fans of: Willie Watson, I'm With her, David Benedict

Random Internet Dig Fact: Marlin met Emily Frantz, the other half of Mandolin Orange, on Obama's inauguration day in 2009 at a Tex-Mex restaurant.

Social Handles:
Facebook: @AndrewMarlinMusic
Instagram: @mandomarlin

Sisters Folk Festival Presents: Andrew Marlin
Wed., Dec. 11. 7-10pm
The Belfry
SOLD OUT

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Isaac Biehl

Isaac is living proof that "Iowa Nice" is actually a thing. A journalism graduate from Iowa State University, he regularly writes about music, the outdoors and the arts/culture scene. Isaac loves the Trail Blazers, backpacking and a good IPA. He plans to one day win Survivor. Your move, Jeff Probst...

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