The music found in the Italian mandolin repertoire offers a romantic, festive atmosphere that seems to carry with it the very essence of Italy. The dramatic trills and tremolos of the mandolin, accompanied by the soothing sounds of the guitar, create a sound that is sophisticated, fun, and thoroughly Italian. It is the musical representation of the passionate, happy, romantic spirit we associate with all things Italian.
Mike Guggino and Barrett Smith have indulged in this musical world, mastering tasteful arrangements of the most popular songs from the Italian folk, art song, and operatic literature. They have also included in their repertoire many of the Italian-American songs popularized over the years by artists like Connie Francis. With mandolin and guitar, Mike and Barrett have brought their own interpretations and expressions of this wonderful music, while still preserving a spirit of utter authenticity.