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 led 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).

 


 


 

Liam Kelly is a mysterious guitar-fiddle-banjo-bass-mandolin- mouthharp                       keytar- madhatter who frequents all of the contiguous US states
in a mystery mobile. His comings and goings oft align with our gigs,
at which he often daydreamsof his late night shenangians with his
cronies from various honky tonk/bluegrass/  old time string bands
of yore. With a tip of jug and a twinkle in his eye, Ol'Liam knows how to make music!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             .

 

 

 

 


Indian Run Duo Is
Paul Herling and Ginger Wagner

Recent Posts

Swinging into Spring!

We are so happy to be out and about, playing music for folks again. It seems that everyone is thrilled to have live music back and our events have been bursting at the seams! Our first performance this spring was in March at Rising Silo Brewery with a great crowd who seemed to especially enjoy our blues set. Some great dancers there!

                               

We were pleased to be invited to perform old time music for the Blue Ridge Parkway's 25th Anniversary Gala. It was really fun to see the elaborate model train layout and the vintage car display at the Roanoke Transportation Museum. 

                                    

In April, we were invited to play Appalachian old time music for the Geosciences Spring Banquet. We enjoyed playing during happy hour and, later, an amplified set for the guests before the lecture by the Virginia State Geologist. Our own geologist, Kristie Dorfler, "rocked" the bass that night!

                     

If you weren't able to make it out to these events, there are more opportunities to join us for music and dancing this Spring: 

– We'll be joining Ash Devine for a Mom's Day Concert at Moon Hollow Brewing on Sunday, May 8th.

– On May 15th, we'll perform at the Floyd Country Store, then a square dance May 21st at Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing, Virginia. We are looking forward to another exciting show at Rising Silo Brewery on Friday, May 27th.

– In June, you can catch us at the St.Luke Odd Fellows Gospel Sing on Saturday June 4th at the Aleaxander Black House Museum. Also, a performance at a Garden Party, June 5th to benefit the Montgomery Museum of Art and History. 

Remember to support live music!

                                          

 

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