Martino Coppo

Mandolin – Voice

He began playing the guitar at the age of five years virtually, on a tennis racket, and more seriously (although self-taught) at age 13, inspired by the acoustic sound of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, The Byrds, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell.

In the late 70s, fascinated by the sound of Sam Bush, David Grisman, John Hartford, Norman Blake and Tony Rice, the guitar goes on mandolin, embarking on a musical journey back to the more traditional sources of Bluegrass.

In 1981 he joined the band Red Wine, with which still plays the mandolin and sings lead vocals, and begins to travel intensively throughout Italy, Europe and, since the mid-90s, in the United States, with many appearances at festivals and venues across the country.


Numerous collaborations with Italian and American artists such as Tony Trischka, Peter Rowan, Beppe Gambetta, Carlo Aonzo, Jim Hurst, Russ Barenberg, Mike Marshall, Kathy Kallick, Chris Jones, Kathy Chiavola, Barry & Holly Tashian, Roberto Dalla Vecchia, New Trolls Vittorio De Scalzi, La Rosa Tatuata, and especially with the genoese blues guitar player Paolo Bonfanti, with whom in 2014 published the CD “Friend of a Friend”.

Intense the teaching too: since 2007 Martino teaches bluegrass and folk mandolin at the summer music camp MinierAcustica near Urbino; in 2004 and 2005, he taught guitar at the popular Beppe Gambetta’s Guitar Workshop in Ambroz, Slovenia, and usually organizes seminars and private lessons also via Skype. He is also a member of the Board of EBMA (European Bluegrass Music Association), as head of the project European Bluegrass Pioneers & Personality, intended to recognize and celebrate every year the personalities who have contributed most to popularize Bluegrass Music all over Europe.

Main instruments:

  • Gilchrist F5 mandolin 2001
  • Northfield F5 ‘Big Mon’ mandolin
  • Giacomel J5 mandola 2012
  • Giacomel J5 octave mandolin 2001