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    Default Nancy Blake Playing McMichen’s Reel + Jeff Davis on a Gibson Oval

    Saw this full concert uploaded recently of NB and The Rising Fawn String Ensemble. Such talent! Only two tunes with Nancy playing mandolin, beginning around the 43 minute mark. But they are great, nonetheless (as are all the others).

    https://youtu.be/AgGsIXmHD0c

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    Default Re: Nancy Blake Playing McMichen’s Reel + Jeff Davis on a Gibson

    Ah yes, those were the days.
    Formidable musicians, all of them.
    Nancy can eat up a mandolin, and those who know a little bit about bowed instruments might notice that she's got a world class bow arm.
    For those who are interested, the mandolin is an A-4 from the early 1910's.

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    Norman and Nancy told some amazing and funny stories at Monroe Camp and enthusiastically answered lots of questions from all of us. Someone needs to record them for hours and write it all down. I'm retired. I'll volunteer. They are national treasures. They've be a part of and created so much fantastic music over the years.
    Palatable to a Goat: Music from Gregg Daigle and Don Grieser
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    Default Re: Nancy Blake Playing McMichen’s Reel + Jeff Davis on a Gibson

    Good find! Sounds excellent. And James Bryan's fiddling is so good with such a unique sound.

    Jeff Davis is fun on the mando.

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    Z
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    Default Re: Nancy Blake Playing McMichen’s Reel + Jeff Davis on a Gibson

    Glad you all enjoyed it.

    I have been poking around the interwebs for some video of Nancy Blake’s white face A3 oval, but haven’t come across it yet. I’ve heard it is particularly good. If anyone can point me in the right direction, I would appreciate it. I think maybe NB played it on a Homespun tape?

    In fact, until now the only video I found of Nancy playing mandolin was the one where she is playing her Loar with Norman on Hangin’ Dog (link below, for posterity). So I figured I would highlight these couple of songs.


    https://youtu.be/_I_hmwUMHzE

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