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Dance of the Sandhill

by The Montana Mandolin Society

Characterized by "The Montana Sound", The Montana Mandolin Society presents an eclectic blend of increadible tunes; some old, some new,all enjoyable.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Salmon River Run
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2. Mary Anne
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3. Dance of the Sandhill
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4. Moonlight Morning
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5. Icarus
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6. Ladies of Scatwell
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7. Sweet Georgia Brown
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8. My Funny Valentine
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9. Blake's March
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10. Simple Gifts
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11. El Cumbanchero
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12. Gimme a Holler
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13. Montana's Farewell
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Album Notes
is a musical metaphor honoring the inspiring mating ritual of The Sandhill Crane. In Japan, cranes symbolize longevity. Many folktales talk of cranes living a thousand years. They are known to have endured on this planet for millions of years. The curious musical motion of Sandhills affect our own human survival in intriguing ways.

Consider the relationship of the cranes dancing of on the cover image...(take out yet) at second glance we observe the relationship of two continents juxtaposed in the clouds. One vision of The Montana Mandolins has always been to play music around the world, for music has no boundaries - neither do the cranes. This CD celebrates dance in its infinite living forms. We see ourselves in these works of nature and discover the hidden language of the soul; the dance of human life. There is a dance in every one of these songs, an interplay between the instruments and their tones within each moment of the music. Sometimes thoughtful and reflective, sometimes playful, there is always a dance. If our music makes you smile, cry or tap your foot......we know we’ve done our job.

the fourth CD produced by
The Montana Mandolin Society
an internationally recognized touring mandolin orchestra known for its unique sound, “The Montana Sound”. The Society tours regularly and has been featured through NPR and The Kennedy Center.

The Cover Dancing Cranes
Limited Edition Print by Monte Dolack
A native of Montana, Monte Dolack grew up surrounded by the same sweeping vistas and big sky that inspired Charlie Russell. A love of the natural world combined with his exuberant curiosity and travel shapes the content of Monte's imagery. This original artwork was commissioned by Maureen and Mike Mansfield in 1995 for the “Landscapes and Communities in Asia and the Pacific Northwest” Symposium.
Monte Dolack Gallery


Dennis White - mandolin, banjo, guitar

Lindsay Turnquist - hammer dulcimer,octave mandolin

Dennis Hunt - mandola, mandocello,octave mandolin,hammer dulcimer

Kevin Fabozzi - mandolin, mandola

Ron Crete - mandolin

John Piccolo - mandola, bass

Kyle Brenner - cello

Sara Williams - violin

Jeff Ashear - Classical Guitar

Craig Hall - Guitar, bass

Mike Gillan - Percussion

Adam Greenberg - Percussion

Recorded at The MIX PIT-Bozeman, MT
Produced by Dennis White and The Montana Mandolin Society
Engineered by Jeremiah Slovarp
Mastered by David Glasser at AIRSHOW-Boulder, CO
Management and liner notes by Lori Brockway
Package Design by Scott Johnson at SPUTNIK DESIGN
Crane Photos by Ron Crete
Mandolin Photo by Michael Blessing


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A must for fans of mandolin and just-plain-beautiful music.
Anyone who wants to hear the full range of the music a mandolin (and its relatives) can produce must hear this CD. And it is beautiful as well; sample "Gimme a Holler" for a good example. I play the mandolin, and this has become one of my favorite CDs -- Several songs are perfect for "joining" the orchestra. Wish the Society would tour the South!

Joe Ross (Nwbluegrass Yahoogroup)

Celebrates dance in its infinite living forms
Playing Time – 45:20

Who They Are: A classical mandolin orchestra from Boezman, Mt. that also uses various other stringed instruments and percussion for instrumental embellishment

What They Do: The group tours and performs widely with a goal to educate audiences about the mandolin musical heritage. “Dance of the Sandhill” is their fourth CD.

Little Known Facts: Their third Album, “Mosaic,” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album.
The Songs: The Montana Mandolin Society's arranged music retains the flavor of the turn of the century sound of an "olden days" mandolin orchestra while displaying the growing role of the mandolin and acoustic stringed instruments in musical genres of our time.

The Musicians: For their fourth album, the ensemble has a dozen musicians playing various mandolin family instruments, banjo, guitar, hammered dulcimer, bass, cello, violin, and percussion.

Of Special Note: The album opens with four self-composed pieces from band members Kevin Fabozzi, Craig Hall, and Dennis White. Inspiration is drawn from a whitewatr raft trip, a wedding, a tour of Japan, and a morning sunrise. “El Cumbanchero” has many mandolin voices with a versatile rhythm section.

Any Recommendations: I would love to hear this ensemble offer a few tunes arranged just for mandolin family instruments from mandobass to mandolin, similar to what Peter Ostroushko did with his now re-released “Mando Boys” project. “Blake’s March” comes closest to this concept, but it also incorporates guitar, cello and bass. A beautiful rawboned two-minute arrangement of “Simple Gifts” features only two hammered dulcimers (played by Lindsay Turnquist and Dennis Hunt) for a very lovely modulating change-up in the set.

Their Bumpersticker Might Say: The Montana Mandolin Sound is alive and well! Quality in nature and art begins in beauty.

The Bottomline Is: What a great ambiance! This CD celebrates dance in its infinite living forms.

Reviewed By: Joe Ross (staff writer, Bluegrass Now)


I had never even heard of this group, just sorta found it while searching through another site. After about the third tune, my mind was made up. GOTTA HAVE IT!!! Wonderful music...ALL OF IT!!