Saturday performances at the 2003 Florida Folk Festival (Main Stage) (Disc 10)






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  • Battleship of Maine (Norman and Nancy Blake)
  • The Cuban Soldier
  • Miss Forbes Farewell
  • Flower from the Fields of Alabama
  • President Garfield
  • The Mountain Ranger Hornpipe
  • When the Roses Bloom in Dixieland
  • Billy Richardson's Last Ride
  • In the Shadow of the Pine
  • Jimmy in the Swamp
  • Anchored in Love Divine
  • Rise When the Rooster Crows

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  • One compact disc. Fitchen served as emcee. Blake was a renowned bluegrass and recording session musician. Raised in Sulphur Springs, Georgia, he began his career in the 1950s. By the 1960s, he played in June carter Cash's road band, performed on Johnny Cash's "Orange Blossom Special" and Bob Dylan's "Nashville Skyline" albums. He became well-known for the seminal "Will the Circle be Unbroken" LP, also featuring Doc Watson, Roy Acuff, Vassar Clements, Earl Scruggs, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. More recently, he played on the "O Brother Where Art Thou" soundtrack. His wife Nancy was a cellist with folk leanings. They met in the early 1970s when she performed in his opening act. They married in 1975.

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