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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Recording at VT’s studio

We had a great Sunday afternoon last weekend recording some tunes at Virginia Tech's recording studio in downtown Blacksburg. We recorded a few tunes and some songs with Old Man Kelly on guitar. A good time was had, but I have to admit that I wish we were able to enjoy the sunny (albeit windy!) afternoon a little more. That being said, we're really excited about what we recorded (with Jacob Early at the controls) and thank him for the opportunity to record there again – it's been a few years since we played there, but the quality of the studio is still 100% awesome. Fun fact: It was built by Rick Krayniak way back in the day before he sold it to VT and I think the F-150s recorded some killer stuff there. We'll hopefully be able to post some of those songs on this site on YouTube (just search for Indian Run Stringband). 

Tunes recorded: Cattle in the Cane, Monroe's Farewell to Long Hollow, Goodbye Girls I'm Going to Boston

Songs recorded: Grey Cat on the Tennessee Farm, When the Train Comes Along, Dixie Darlin' (in F with 3 part harmony)

 

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