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Who is this violinist?
Asking about violin arrengements
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Chusman
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Astral Weeks is one of my favourite albums of all time, I know that the string arrangements were added by Larry Fallon after the recording, but I don't know who plays the violin on these songs, I like his improvisation solos (the album was recorde in 3 days with musician that had never played together and had not even heard the songs before

Does anyone know who can be?

Spotify links: https://open.spotify.com/track.....M-MZu21bPQ
https://open.spotify.com/track.....jf5h7cWPDA

And this is a live performance, with a string quartet with Jacqueline DuPré (joke, sorry, but she lloks like!

Jesús Fernández
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@Chusman - Hi! 

🤔This is a tough one, if there are no credits listed on the album. 

Funny, I read Van Morrison thought the strings ruined "Cyprus Avenue", only he turned around many years later wanting to record "Astral Weeks Live" - claiming his reason was desire to perform it with full orchestration.  I'm not so sure Van Morrison had a very high regard for the bowed strings used with his songs, maybe just the other instruments.

I know John McFee played with Van Morrison for a little while, and he did play violin (among other instruments), but I can't find a connection to this. 

Unfortunately, the quality of the video is not very good and I have no way of knowing if the string quartet that played on stage is the same that was recorded on the album. 

Sorry, I tried. 😕

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Little googling, I came up with a Nancy Ellis on viola, and Tom Halpin and Tim Kovatch on violin for the track Cypress Avenue. 

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@damfino -

 

Aha!  That's great!

I need to remember there are reasons to leave the security of "DuckDuckGo" for Google (lol).

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damfino said
Little googling, I came up with a Nancy Ellis on viola, and Tom Halpin and Tim Kovatch on violin for the track Cypress Avenue. 

  

Thanks @damfino ! 

Jesús Fernández
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