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Barb Heller
Host Barb Heller says:

If you are a first-time visitor, let me tell you a little more about String Fever: It’s all about the music - and the players.

I welcome live soloists, bands, and co-hosts in the String Fever studio – especially if you have an upcoming gig in our listening area! You can reach me anytime via email (barb@ncpr.org), or by calling the station toll-free at 877-388-6277. If you have a gig in the region please email me the details for inclusion on String Fever – and include a copy to calendar@ncpr.org too!

There’s nothing like live music, but I strive to make String Fever your weekly nearly-as-good-as-a-live-gig Bluegrass Café… and I hope that you’ll hear something on the air that inspires you to seek out the live, in-person version of it; whether it’s a bluegrass festival, concert or workshop.

So… until we meet in person at a gig, festival, concert or fundraiser…. Happy listening! See you on the radio,
Barb

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String Fever with Barb Heller
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07/24/14 edition of String Fever with Barb Heller:

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New Video from Irene Kelly

Irene Kelly's latest album, Pennsylvania Coal (Patio Records), showcases her wonderful songwriting ability.

Here's a video of Kelly (with Mark Fain, Sierra Hull, Justin Moses, Thomm Jutz, Justyna Kelley & Lynn Williams) performing Sister's Heart at the cd release party, held at the Station Inn, Nashville, TN

New Videos from Nu-Blu

Nu-Blu is celebrating ten years as a band, and celebrating with music videos of some of the tracks from their most recent album, Ten.

The band writes almost all of their own material. They performed last summer at the Madrid River Bluegrass Festival, and wowed audiences with their enthusiasm, stage presence, vocal arrangements, and very impressive tour bus!

Watch them in action here:


String Fever Radio Jam 2014, Thursday, March 13, 3-5 pm

Rosin up your bow and tune up your instruments. It's time to play along with the radio! The String Fever Jam Band and Barb Heller are back with classic bluegrass favorites. Here's the sets list and links to the sheet music. Download, practice up and join in! Here's the archive video of the Jam.

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Song: Sally Goodin' performed by Old Country Grass

The traditional tune Sally Goodin' performed by Old Country Grass featured artists on the Bastille Day 2005 edition of String Fever. They are Donnie Perkins on fiddle, Debbie Kingsolver on bass, Tim Kingsolver on banjo, and Earl Southmayd on guitar.  Go to full article

Here to Stay and See What the Lord Has Done by Grasse Roots

Grasse Roots of Canton played a live guest set on String Fever, June 23, 2005 to help promote the River Bluegrass Fest in Madrid. The band features Cathryn Jahncke on bass, Rosemary Philips on guitar, Bill Casey on mandolin, Everett Smith on banjo and Phen Canner on violin.  Go to full article

A Conversation with Eric Gibson of the Gibson Brothers

The Gibson Brothers, Eric and Leigh, grew up on the family farm in Ellenburg Depot, NY to become a leading influence in modern bluegrass music. They have a busy schedule for 2005 and a new album that's due to be released in the fall on Sugar Hill Records. Barb Heller spoke with Eric Gibson between the bands cross-country treks and performance tours. The Gibson Brothers perform Friday, May 20 at 7 pm in the Edwards Opera House.  Go to full article

The Greenville Trestle High and Don Harvey's Reel by the Ole Barn Boys

In the studio for Barb Heller's bluegrass program String Fever, the Ole Barn Boys bring us a foretaste of the 2004 Madrid Bluegrass Festival. The Boys are(l to r): Dave Belile, banjo; Earl Belile, mandolin; Don LaBarge, fiddle; Bud Rupert, Director of the Madrid Blue Grass Fest.; Moe LaFave, guitar; and Jesse Donaldson, electric bass. Hear The Greenville Trestle High, arr. Doc Watson and Don Harvey's Reel by Don Labarge.  Go to full article

Handsome Molly and Six Quarts in the Bottom of the Buggy performed by Don Woodcock and Patrick Russell

Patrick Russell and Don Woodcock were Barb Heller's guests on String Fever. Patrick, on guitar, is from Tennessee, and has been stationed at Fort Drum with the US Army. Don Woodcock, on fiddle, lives in the suburbs of Heuvelton and is a retired dairy farmer turned teacher. His father was a fiddler too... and a dairy farmer. Here they play two traditional tunes.  Go to full article
Top: Moe Pfeiffer, Don Perkins, Reg Miller, Bottom: Earl Southmayd, Don Labarge, Millard Eggleston, Earl Belile
Top: Moe Pfeiffer, Don Perkins, Reg Miller, Bottom: Earl Southmayd, Don Labarge, Millard Eggleston, Earl Belile

Home Sweet Home Reel and Arkansas Traveler performed by the Orey Gadway Fiddlers

The Orey Gadway Fiddlers were Barb Heller's guests for String Fever on September 18, 2003. NCPR Online caught up with them in the production studio.  Go to full article
Roy Hurd (right) and Frank Orsini in the NCPR Studio
Roy Hurd (right) and Frank Orsini in the NCPR Studio

As Real As It Gets and Ireland in Her Eyes performed by Roy Hurd

Singer songwriter Roy Hurd was joined by fiddle and mandolin player Frank Orsini in a guest appearance on String Fever, Thursday February 27, 2003. Roy is celebrating the release of his new live CD, As Real As It Gets.  Go to full article

TV Blues and a song by Hobo Jack Turner, performed by Seward Sibley

Seward Sibley from Depeyster NY is known as The Singing Marshall. Sib sings and plays old-time country and bluegrass tunes drawn from nearly eight decades of North Country living. He was a guest on String Fever, November 7, 2002.  Go to full article

Way Downtown and Why You Been Gone So Long performed by Grasse Roots

Grasse Roots of Canton played a live guest set on String Fever, June 20, 2002 to help promote the River Bluegrass Fest in Madrid. The band features Cathryn Jahncke on bass, Rosemary Philips on guitar, Bill Casey on mandolin, Everett Smith on banjo and Phen Canner on violin.  Go to full article
John Zachary photo.
John Zachary photo.

Steel string medleys performed by Danny Gotham

Former String Fever host Dan Gotham shared the stage with current host Barb Heller for a concert at Canton's Unitarian Universalist Church in the summer of 2001. The following is from his solo set.

Playlist:
Medley: Freight Train, Candy Man, Fishin' Hole, Mr. Sandman
The Poet at the Picnic, D Gotham
Medley: Whiskey Before Breakfast, Church Street Blues
Medley: Sailor's Hornpipe, Ode to Joy, The Banks of the Ohio
Medley: Sail Away Ladies, Cindy  Go to full article

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Finding Music

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Northern Music & Video, Potsdam: 315-265-8100
Ampersound, Saranac Lake:
518-891-3114
Peacock Music, Plattsburgh:
518-561-0555