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)

 

Winter time update

Well, it's been a while since we've updated our site – sorry for that. The good news is that we had a great 2018 (be sure to check out the Archives page to see where we've played in 2018). Highlights include Chantilly Farms Bluegrass Festival in May, the Blacksburg Gospel Sing and event for Delegate Chris Hurst in June, opening for Wayne Henderson and performing at Bristol Rhythm and Roots in September, and spending a few beautiful Saturdays in October at the Sinkland Farms Pumpkin Festival. So, yeah, overall, not too shabby.

This year, we're off to a solid start with three gigs in the dark month of January and a few great performances lined up through the Spring. As always, we'd love to play for your special event (wedding, birthday, retirement party, etc.), so email Ginger at banjogal5@gmail.com and she'll hook you up!

Happy 2019!

New CD to be released on Nov 5

Howdy IRSB friends! We have very exciting news: our latest CD "The Smithfield Sessions" is coming out November 5th! We are so excited to share these songs with you for you to enjoy. 

This album is very special for a few reasons. First, we recorded the majority of the tracks at Historic Smithfield Plantation in Blacksburg, VA. The Drawing Room of this old house was the perfect setting – both acoustically and aesthetically. April Martin Danner, the museum director, was so welcoming and we spent a bright February day playing and recording music… and feeling like we were "part" of the plantation's history.

Second, we are having an OFFICIAL CD release party at Smithfield Plantation on November 5th to celebrate our second album! This event is open to the public and we really want you to be there! There will be refreshments, CDs to purchase, and (of course) live music. Let's hope that some of this beautiful weather we're experiencing in SWVA continues a few more weeks. If you can't make it, we'll have our album available to purchase via other ways (at our live shows and digitally online).

See you November 5th!


 

Great Barn Dance in Riner – check out the article

The bi-annual barn dance took place last weekend (October 7) and it was a full-house! These dances are so fun because 5 minutes before the event, there are only a few people that are milling around ready to get dancing…then by 8pm on the dot, the place is packed! We had 7 squares going at one and there were folks standing around – must have been at least 75 people there! Before the show, Ginger was interviewed by Liz Kirchner from the News Messenger and she wrote a really great article on the Blacksburg Square Dance. Check it out by clicking here.

Looking forward to playing again in the near future. If you haven't yet been to a square dance at the Riner Barn – you need to. Phil Louer is an energetic and FUN caller and the folks range in age from about 7 to 70!

Stay tuned for information on our upcoming CD…should be released within the next month and we CAN'T WAIT to share it with you all!

Great weekend – Zeppolis and Palisades

Thanks for a great weekend and for coming out to our gigs! We had a fantastic attendance at Zeppolis on Saturday evening. We think the Appalachian conference was a hit! Lots of folks chatted with us and seemed to enjoy the unique venue. Perhaps Zeppolis should consider more gigs in the future (hint hint)!

Palisades on Sunday evening was a joy, as usual. If you haven't yet made it out to have their fatastic food, you are really missing out! Treat yourself to a good meal. Live music happens just about every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings. What are you waiting for?

Till next time…enjoy that live local music scene and we'll see you in April!

Website Ready, Latest Pix

Thanks for being patient as we update the website! Hopefully this new version is clearer and easier to read. Now, let's get to the pictures.

We had so much fun in December playing at Sinkland Farms. We were definitely in the festive spirit:

Just last month (February) we played the International Dance, as mentioned in the previous post – check out this picture…we look half decent, if a little tired!

Goodbye Winter 2016, Hello Spring 2017

We've been pretty lax when it comes to updating the website recently, and we apologise for that. Hopefully you all recognize that the site has gotten a little bit of a face-lift. We figured that, although we're an Old Time band, we (afterall) do live in the modern world, so we should try to stay up to date with whatever the kids are doing these days. Unfortunately, we don't really do Twitter or Snapchat or whatever else, so we aimed to streamline the website and make our events and blogs easier to read! Fun!

Anyway, this has been a pretty great winter for us. In November and December we played many holiday parties for private events at Sinkland Farms. We also performed at the best eateries in Eggleston, The Palisades, and was host to the Warm Hearth Jams a few times this winter. In February, we had the joy of performing for the Cranwell Center at Virginia Tech…now that was great fun. It's always cool to see folks of all ages, races, cultural backgrounds, etc. joining in to dance the Virginia Reel. We play to bring people together and that's exactly what happened.

Finally, guess who recorded at Sinkland Farms? Yup – we did. Be on the lookout for a new album! Also, aren't we cute?

I need to get back to updating the site so all you wonderful fans can know when our next gig is. This might involve actually seeing a *calendar* and being able to directly add our events to your calendar app of choice! Blogs should be updated a bit and…well, hopefully you enjoy the new version overall! We'll see you at our Spring 2017 gigs…

Blacksburg Steppin’ Out 2016

What a HOT but FUN day at Steppin' Out on Saturday! We played for the open Blacksburg Square Dance 'demo' with the fabulous Liam 'Old Man' Kelly calling the dances – from squares, to two-steps, to the classic Virginia Reel…he was a pro and we backed up the enthusiastic volunteer dancers! Check out some of the pictures from that day and I hope you come out to the next Blacksburg Square Dance (click on this hyperlink for more info!).

Mountains of Music Tour

We had a wonderful time two weeks ago during the Mountains of Music Homecoming – we played three gigs, which were all very successful and had great turnouts!

First up was the show at the Hethwood Market on Friday evening – beautiful evening weather combined with a few loyal listeners. It was a wonderful venue that should prove to be a great place for future shows.

Next was the Virginia Cheese Festival on Saturday – this was an awesome turnout and a beautiful (but hot!) day! Over 800 people showed up to this event and we were able to meet some great folks and local celebs. Check out our 3 seconds of fame on WDBJ 7's 11:00 News:

Finally, on Sunday, was the square dance at Smithfield Plantation – what a blast!!

We're really looking forward to our gig at Draper Mercantile on July 9th…check out this sweet flyer for the show:

Remember to buy your tickets in advance – you don't want to miss this one. See you there!!!