The Band

In 2010, the band started out as Ginger's simple idea: she loved Paul's fiddling and wanted everyone in the world to enjoy it, too. With some encouragement and conversation (enhanced greatly by guacamole and nachos), Ginger and Paul got Kristie to practice and eventually perform regularly since 2011. In 2013, with the additional enticement of frosty cold IPAs, the three looped in Mark to the family.

The four played regularly until Kristie left the area for a job opportunity in Ohio, at which point, Indian Run Duo formed. For larger performances, Chris Webb and several other Old Time aficionados filled in on a part-time basis. Today, Indian Run Stringband is lead by Ginger and Paul, with a semi-regular rhythm section including Chris and Kristie (who's vowed to never leave the NRV again).

Just as the old saying goes "it takes a village to raise a child", so should it take a village to sustain a community-based, traditional, and all-inclusive Old Time band. IRSB welcomes and values all the immensely talented players who've performed with the band over the years and welcomes all interested pickers to come to our shows. We love to perform traditional songs and tunes (from the rare to the well-loved), encourage the meek to dance, and instill in you a passion for Old Time music and life.

We appreciate all the support from you, our community, and in turn offer our genuine enthusiasm for music, family, and tradition.


Indian Run Stringband Is

 

Paul Herling began playing fiddle during the old-time revival of the ‘70’s, and learned firsthand from masters such as Tommy Jarrell, Albert Hash, and Marion Sumner. He has performed for many years at festivals, dances, schools and concerts and has won numerous awards.

 

 

 

Ginger Wagner took up clawhammer banjo in the late ‘70’s, learning from traditional players including Dwight Diller and Mac Traynham, and has played at many dances and festivals. She performed for several years with the Blacksburg Hoorah Cloogers and is an experienced dance caller.


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Kristie Dorfler grew up playing in classical symphonies and quartets beginning at 11 years old. She can safely say that she is a full convert to "the dark side". Although you shouldn't be surprised if you see her playing blues open mic incognito…

 

 


Chris Webb is a jack of all trades and all-around good guy. He's played guitar and bass for longer than anyone wants to remember and is a frequent jammer in the NRV scene.

 

 

 

Mark Barbour has been playing in old-time bands for over 30 years. His guitar style has been greatly influenced by Riley Puckett of the Skillet Lickers and Roy Harvey (with Charlie Poole).

 


 


Indian Run Duo Is
Paul Herling and Ginger Wagner

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New Beginnings in 2019

We started the summer playing for the Crooked Road’s “Mountains of Music Homecoming” in June. Keeping the beat while the Blacksburg Hoorah Cloggers performed and the guests of the “Feastival” at Sinkland Farms were treated to an old time square dance.  A small concert for the Christiansburg Library on a hot July evening was Kristie’s last performance with us on bass until the arrival of Baby James in the fall. He is a handsome healthy boy and will be picking up an instrument any day now.    

 A big “Thank you!” to Liam Kelly, Chris Webb, and Tim Thorton for helping us out on guitar and bass when we needed back-up at the end of the summer and during the fall.

          

The rest of the summer was busy as we hosted the Market Square Jam, played at Mabry Mill, the Roanoke Campground on the Parkway, and square dances at Ferrum College and Mountain Lake Hotel.   Paul got blue ribbons in the fiddle contest at Henry Reed Festival and the Grayson County Fiddlers! We ended the summer at Bristol Rhythm and Roots with the Possum Creek Playboys street jam that featured the Green Grass Cloggers.

Fall was fun at the Sinkland Farm’s Pumpkin Festival and we enjoyed playing for the candlelight Harvest Heritage Dinner at the Wilderness Road Regional Museum. Getting in the spirit, we dressed in Regency attire and Paul wore his vest and tailcoat that he made himself. We finished out the year playing for a New Year’s Eve dinner at The Palisades and enjoying a gourmet dinner ourselves!

                                       

We are already booking events into next year and wishing you all the best in 2020!

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