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Bob Bovee & Gail Heil In Concert


Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

“A toe-tapping history lesson? Expect no less at tonight’s performance by Bob Bovee and Gail Heil! Banjo, fiddle, guitar and harmonica are all vehicles for heritage in story and song. This homespun treasure draws its integrity from personal roots and research, but is never imitative. It’s the real thing, ringing true in the able fingers and voices of these perennial favorites. Down Bob and Gail’s warm country lane is a veritable smorgasbord of authentic cowboy songs, tin pan alley favorites, square dance tunes, ballads, sentimental duets, yodels, blues and ragtime, and novelty songs.” This is how the Grassroots Concert Series in Nisswa, MN described Bob Bovee and Gail Heil’s performance.

When Bob and Gail take the stage at the Spring Grove Cinema on Thursday April 18, they will just be back from a short tour to the East Coast, playing concerts for the Brandywine Friends of Old Time Music in Newark, DE and the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, DC. Among their other stops since last year’s annual concert at the Cinema include two weeks for the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad in Colorado, the Indiana Fiddlers Gathering and the Wheatland Traditional Arts Weekend in Michigan.

Since 1980 these two have been performing old time country music in the style of the 1920s and 1930s, before country music became marketed so commercially and changed by the addition of electric instruments and drums. Bovee and Heil learned their repertoire from family and friends, early country recordings on 78 rpm discs, and field recordings of traditional musicians of earlier times.

Gail Heil originally hails from Missouri, a state rich in fiddle music. She learned much from Vesta Johnson, a fiddler who is now in her nineties and still playing strong, as well as Ozark master Bob Holt and Iowa’s Dwight Lamb. She also is a fine banjo player in the old time “clawhammer” style and a solid guitar player. She’s a singer who can always fit the right harmony to a song. Bob Bovee usually sings lead, admitting to being a tenuous harmony singer, and claims he’s “unbelievably lucky to have such a talented and reliable singing partner.” On rare occasions you’ll hear him pick the five-string banjo, but mostly he provides the steady rhythm guitar and occasional leads, as well as exciting harmonica music.

Call it old time music, American traditional music, hillbilly, stringband, or early country, but whatever label .....
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National Trout Center angles for State Bond Funding

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

Minnesota legislators recently heard a proposal request for $4.5 million in state bond funding to establish a permanent home for the National Trout Center organization located in Preston. The non-profit center is currently operating in a temporary s ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre Company announces 16th Annual Ibsen Festival

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Mn - The Commonweal Theatre Company announces its 16th Annual Ibsen Festival is April 12-14 in downtown Lanesboro. Named for the acclaimed “Father of Modern Drama,” the Festival, a celebration of Scandinavian theatre, visual art, musi ..... 
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SEMAC awards Arts Grants

Thu, Mar 28th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

On March 19, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Inc. (SEMAC) awarded 46 grants for a total of $183,305 in funding to applicants throughout southeastern Minnesota. This included twenty-three McKnight Individual ..... 
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Recycling aluminum

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator The recycling of aluminum started in the early 1900s. Then, during WWII, great amounts of metal were needed, and it became quite extensive. Then, after a bit of a lull, the introduction of the alu ..... 
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Food shelf donation

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

On Sunday, February 3, the confirmation class from the Harmony and Preston United Methodist churches hosted a “Souper Bowl” fundraiser. Members of the congregation donated food and paper products to the event. A soup and sandwich lunch was serve ..... 
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Operation Round Up grants $3,000 to local causes

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

Rushford, MN - Tri-County Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round Up Trust Board met on March 1 and elected to donate $3,000 to the following worthy organizations: •$1,000, Local Food Shelves, to help purchase food for residents in need. The am ..... 
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Earth Day Event Planned at historic Lenora Church

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in Canton Arts & Culture

Tired of winter? Ready for spring? There will be a celebration of New Life in conjunction with Earth Day on April 21st at 3:00p.m. at the historic Lenora United Methodist Church located in the small Fillmore County Village of Lenora. This will ..... 
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Jewelry Designer Liz Bucheit Receives “Dazzle Diva” Award at the Women’s Jewelry Association Spring Gala Event in New York City

Thu, Mar 21st, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Jewelry designer and goldsmith Liz Bucheit of Lanesboro, MN was awarded first place in the Bridal Wear Category of the Women’s Jewelry Association’s “Dazzle Diva” Design Competition. Bucheit received her award at the Women’s Jewelry Associ ..... 
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