at Christmas gathering, 1975
busking with Otis Thomas & his wife Deani in Providence, Rhode
Note Mance's early "experimental" bodhrán that's only 1" deep.
Times, NC - 1979
by Connie Ballard, Times Staff Writer
Nee Ningy Band is definitely a step off the beaten musical path.
Although the five-member group considers its music folk, included
in that category is everything from Cajun to country to bluegrass
to ragtime to blues to medieval to Irish to European. You name it,
Nee Ningy plays it &emdash; and well."
"Mance Grady, who joined Nee Ningy a year ago, also has a classical
background. Grady now plays the bodhrán, an oversized Irish
drum shaped like a tambourine. 'The instrument is really a compact
mini-drum set,' Grady explained. 'You can get different tones by
putting your hand (at different places) along the skin.'"
"Whereas many folk bands try to duplicate old versions of tunes,
the Nee Ningy Band freely molds the music to its own style. True
folk music, members claim, is the product of continuing evolution."
received a lot of attention, and were also noted in Time Magazine.
Chapel Hill Newspaper, NC - Sunday, Dec. 9, 1979
THE ARTS by Charles Horton
ideal setting, as it turned out, for the antics of Clannad,
with the Nee Ningy Band..."
five...who make up Nee Ningy shoot for sort of an Irish-Appalachian
sound and hit it unfailingly. Their basic format is fiddle,
harmonica, mandolin, bodhrán and washtub bass; they have
energy and talent in great quantity and are generous with both."
Seahawk, NC - Sept. 10, 1980
year, the Nee Ningy Band took UNCW (The University of NC at
Wilmington) by storm, and delivered an enthusiastic concert
that recruited even more fans to their already loyal following."
first became acquainted with the Nee Ningy Band in Providence, R.l.,
several years ago, and was instantly captivated by their multi-faceted
electrically acoustic sound as well as their uncanny ability to keep
a steady stream of goodwill flowing through the otherwise alcohol-soaked
veins of the ever-rowdy Met Cafe crowd. Nee Ningy music defies categorization:
tight without slickness, original but true to tradition, reflective
and uplifting simultaneously&emdash;folk/soul.
this age of home entertainment, disposables, and media manipulation,
musical self-expression often takes a back seat to economic
considerations and the need/desire to 'make it,' whatever that
might mean to whomever. When musical integrity is sacrificed,
those responsible undergo the sad transformation from musicians
to mere purveyors of product. Pockets of resistance to this
circumstance do, however, exist, as they always have and always
will. In the form of bands, the more radical of these pockets
can be identified by the small but intensely devoted packs of
fanatics which appear out of the woodwork during minstrel tours.
used to be that everyone both produced and consumed their own art.
The nauseating hordes of mechanical and electronic stimuli and video
diddlies that have inflitrated our homes act as suppressants to creativity,
giving rise to a serious imbalance between the preparing of art and
its dull, sensory absorption. Nee Ningy music is participatory, not
exclusive, encouraging the listenerto contribute to the experience.
unique blend of instruments and vocals completes the emphatic link
between the music and those elements inherent in all of us, whether
we accept their presence or not.
resist the urge to ramble on about the members of the band individually,
since the critical information on each one would gobble up the entire
back cover and half the front as well. Suffice it to say this is undeniably
the only band in the world that would include Bamako Bop (African
fiddle tune), Pace Egging (English a cappella), and Groundhog Blues
on one album.
do you get when you fuse traditional music fanaticism, ethnic ingredients
from contemporary and ancient sources, multi-megawatts of energy,
a dozen or so conventional and bizarre instruments, a taste for the
twisted, and a lust for life? You get Nung, of course!"
Bull City. 1981
crew in full regalia for a medieval performance.
Mance, Ted Porter, Chris Turner, Rachel Maloney, and Rob Van Veld
make up the Nee Ningy Band!
Ningy reunion of sorts in 1993 with Rob Van Veld, Ted Porter, Chris
Rachel Maloney, Steve Jobe (guest), and Mance.