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!

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!