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!
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!
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!
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!
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…
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!).
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!!!
We had a fantastic time this past week performing in Draper and in Blacksburg! On May 11 we played for the New River Valley Regional Commission at The Draper Mercantile. It was a great night for the local community to come together and celebrate their successes and future plans; we were thrilled to be part of it! If you haven't been to the "Merc'", definitely check it out: it's a Trading Company that supplies a wide array of things. From great food and baked goods, to wonderful regional (and non-regional) gifts, to outdor recreation apparel and bike rentals…even a full service florist! It's definitely worth the trip.
We were fortunate to be in the presence of a very talented photographer, Matt Ross, who sent us some professional shots – yee haw! Here're some of the highlights:
On Saturday, we braved the chilly May weather (what gives?) to play for the happy people waiting in line for delicious food at The Ruritan Fish Fry in Blacksburg, VA. Despite the wind, people came out in throngs to support the Mt. Tabor Ruritan. If you haven't yet made it out…what are you waiting for? There will be plenty of future events this summer with some very talented musicians playing…who doesn't love fried fish?
Until next time…support live music!
Happy Spring 2016! We have been so busy the past year that we haven't had much time to update our website…but all that has changed! Check out some of the renovations we've made, including an updated Band page, cleaned up Events page, and an additional page on the Venues We Love – on it you'll find names and inebdded hyperlinks to some great events and venues we love to play for in and around southwestern VA (we hope to continue to add to this long list this year!). Finally, the font on the site has been changed to a sans-sarif font to make it an overall easier read. We hope you like the changes – feel free to let us know!
Enjoy the weather and we're looking forward to seeing you this Spring!
It was a real thrill to perform on the main stage at Blacksburg's Fork and Cork Festival and it was fine weather for wine tasting! The following week, we loved helping celebrate a homestyle wedding with a gorgeous mountain vista of the New River Valley. The bride was barefoot and pregnant, but still had a blast dancing the Virginia Reel to our highstepping version of "John Brown's Dream!" The Mountians of Music Homecoming Festival sponsored by the Crooked Road kept us very busy for 9 days in June. We played for a great clogging workshop and squaredance/ barndance on the well-worn planks of the old barn floor in Riner.
Saturday night dances returned to Floyd Country Store as part of the Mountains of Music Festival and we played for the dance/concert in June. it was a big success with the Blacksburg Hoorah Cloggers putting on an amazing performance! They will be performing with us again when we play there on , Friday, August 21. They are the best dancers ever! Other highlights of the festival week in June included our first time playing at the new Pearisburg's Farmers Market, hosting the Blacksburg Market old time jam to a big crowd and lots of dancers, and playing for the Solstice Chef event at the Blacksburg Farmers Market on a fine Saturday morning.
It was a real delight to start the evening of festive dancing at my own daughter's wedding by calling a dance for a joyous crowd of dancers whooping it up to the Virginia Reel. There are more fun times to come this summer as we will take the stage for a set at Blacksburg's Steppin' Out and the Heritage Days at the Montgomery County Museum.
Hope to see you out and about, supporting live music!