“December 26” – Mandolin Christmas cards by Karen Cannon

Our good friend, artist, Karen Cannon (of Karen Cannon Studio) is re-releasing her delightful Christmas cards featuring her painting “December 26,” available on eBay. Karen, with great skill and wit, captures the fun of music in her music art collection – this painting is just one example. She also painted the cover art for Andy’s Dance of Life and Cafe Americana…

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1995 Video of Nickel Creek in Acoustic Kids

This video is of a very young Nickel Creek in 1995 performing in Acoustic Kids at the Walnut Valley Festival. Joining Chris Thile (mandolin), Sara Watkins (fiddle) and Sean Watkins (guitar) is Chris’ dad, Scott, on bass.

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Andy May & Kenny Kosek- NY Folklore Center - 1967- Photo by Jack Prelutsky

Early On

New York in the 1960’s was a fabulous place to be for a young guitar nut. There were great players like Dave VanRonk appearing at venues even an under-age guy could go to. Then, there were folks like Doc Watson coming to town! I remember hearing Doc and Reverend Gary Davis jamming backstage at a hall…that was really something! …. Years later I would find myself working with some of my heroes– opening up for folks like Brownie McGee and Sonny Terry or Merle Haggard, or performing with Mike Seeger….
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The Springfield News, MA, on Andy May

A blazing guitar picker and mandolinist!       –The Springfield News, Springfield, MA

 

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