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Thread #82762   Message #1598860
Posted By: Barbara Shaw
06-Nov-05 - 05:15 PM
Thread Name: NOMAD is an island
Subject: RE: NOMAD is an island
I had the best time at this NOMAD than any of them so far!

Frank and I enjoyed the set of "Ballads and Gospel" with Karen K, despite me being slightly unnerved when Roger Sprung (in the audience) requested one of my original songs that he particularly likes! I can never remember my own songs, and in fact one of the guys sings it in our band, but I had brought the songbook along in case I wanted it later for a jam, so I was able to make my way through it by looking at the book. Frank played banjo, I played guitar, and Roger walked up and played bass on it! Karen did a great job and her set was a hit.

Next up was our ShoreGrass and Gospel Messengers "Gospel in Black & White." Wow, do I love to hear those Gospel Messengers, and so did the audience. They alternated songs with us and we all had a great time, especially me.

Right after that, in the same room, ShoreGrass did a set of "Songs of the Civil War Era" and I think it went over pretty well. We were more comfortable with the songs that the last time we did them (2 years ago), and it was enjoyable to be part of a group doing such great old songs. I only regret that we didn't clear out of the way more quickly so that Ralph Bodington could get his workshop started on time without all of us in the way. Please apologize for me to him if anyone knows him.

And then, after wolfing down a quick dinner (I had a complete turkey dinner from the United Plains Methodist Church --delicious-- and Frank had chile that he's still remembering...) we started up a KILLER jam in the cafeteria. Rich Rainey, excellent banjo player and Drew Smith, amazing autoharpist, joined about 5 or 6 of us in a wonderful jam, complete with fiddle, bass, mandolin, guitars, banjos and autoharp, plus a few people on the fringe with ukeleles and several dancers. I wanted to play all night, but my left hand went into shock and cramped up on me after a couple of hours of fretting the guitar and bass, so I had to quit. (This old age sucketh mightily...)

Took a few pictures, which you can see here: NOMAD 2005 and 2004

It was so much fun. Looking forward to the next one.