Prepare to explore her many facets of emotion and musical styles through clever lyrics and finely crafted tunes. Nancy has stepped into a songwriter role with her recent CD, Still Here, to create something personal and unique. A number of accomplished local musicians spice up her work, along with her lovely hammered dulcimer. One of the benefits of being still here is having the life experience needed to tell a good story. Romance, intrigue and humor infuse Nancy's songwriting. My Baby's Got A Dark Side, tells a tale of love with a foreboding twist, to the sensuous fiddle of Chris Voelker. Justin Branum, Gary Hunt and Jeremy Pfeffer add the right seasoning to My Favorite Dish, which describes love in food imagery. Slow Dance is a better way to romance and a perfect match for jazz gutarist Dave Black. The clever rhymes in Contradictions makes you forget how unnerving opposing actions can be. Things get more philosophical as she assures the vertically challenged that Small Ain't Bad. An intriguing who done it news incident becomes a comical CSI tale in Size 16 Shoe.

The instrumentals showcase Nancy's dexterity on the hammered dulcimer. A harmonious tension builds between Nancy on dulcimer and Ben Schreiber on violin in Uprising. She shows her chops in 2 Celtic tunes with Kevin Buckley of fiddle. Her hammers dance in the majestic Bittersweet and the jingly Holiday Rag with Nancy on mandolin, banjo and guitar. A lovely waltz, Snow Dance closes out the CD. For samples or ordering information please visit: Nancy's artist page on CDBaby.







A number of styles of folk music are the focus of Nancy Lippincott's double CD release, In Folk-Us. The title is a great play on words, reminding us that it is we, the people, who make the music of our time. The CD cover shows Nancy with her guitar and dogs focused in the center against a colorful, out of focus hillside. You get the feeling these images and songs are special to her. The instrumental selections are presented by those who have mastered their craft.

Nancy plays hammered dulcimer, guitar, autoharp and mandolin with Kevin Liley adding guitar, mandolin and banjo. Elliott Ribner provides penny whistle to give the Celtic tunes extra punch and authenticity. Zeb Briskovich anchors the rhythm on acoustic bass. Nancy's voice is honest and pure as a mountain stream with Kevin adding harmony vocals. The sound quality of the recordings enhances the skill of these performers to make this a marvelous listening experience.


When I started up the first CD, the luxurious tones of Nancy's hammered dulcimer rang like glittering jewels. It was love at first note of a favorite dance tune, "La Bastringue." The love affair continues as the song mix moves among traditions. The Celtic reels, bluesy folk and country ballads, lively rags and old time dance tunes are all connected by their roots in different folk music traditions. These are intermixed over two CDs to make listening an adventurous pleasure. There is something for everyone here with songs of romance, joy and sorrow.

The dancer in me is moved by the old time Petronella tunes, "Magpie and Ross' Reel." Two country songs that won my soul, "Southern Moon" and "Roll Along Kentucky Moon," come complete with yodeling! "The Hesitation Blues" and "Mississippi Delta Blues" are old favorites from my early exposure to acoustic blues. Celtic fans will delight with the dulcimer and whistle pairing on "Scully's Reel" and "'Morrison's Jig," plus many more. Get In Folk-Us and treat yourself to this tasty smorgasbord!

Donna Eckberg
November/December 2003

Nancy performing at Pere Marquette Lodge
  GODFREY - Nancy Lippincott has her name all over her first CD.

A vocalist who also plays four musical instruments, she has released a two CD set titled "Nancy Lippincott In Folk-Us."

Whether she's performing as a solo artist or with a string band, Lippincott enjoys exposing audiences to traditional music that is seldom heard these days.

"I'm partial to Celtic, music, but my repertoire I includes early country, American folk, blues, swing and gospel," she said.

"Keeping traditional music alive is important," she said.

New Jersey native Lippincott chose to attend the University of Illinois because, it had a good folk music club. She actively participated in the folk music revival.

I became interested in learning the roots of the folk music being performed," she said. "I wanted to learn the origin of modern folk music."

Lippincott has performed at Pere Marquette Lodge in Grafton, State Street Coffee House and Sugar Lane in 0 'Fallon, O'Brian’s Top of the Town and Obertinos’ Nursery in Staunton, Llywelyn’s Pub and Pat’s Bar in St. Louis, My Just Desserts in Elsah and numerous other spots. She has also performed at the International Folk Festival, where she performed music from the Appalachian and Irish traditions.

Nancy's CD's are available online for purchase and can also be found at The Second Reading Book Shop on Broadway in Alton, Picture this and More in Godfrey, Jacoby Arts Center and other locations in the River Bend.

Telegraph Staff Reporter
The Telegraph
Alton, Illinois

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