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June 2019

Summer is our time to explore new locations and revisit from previous trips.  So this year we will travel north to the Michigan UP (Upper Peninsula). Along the  way we are planning on attending festivals, hiking and kayaking trails, visiting friends  and  family,  and learning more about our wonderful country.  


May 2019

Spring is festival season in Florida and this May has been particularly busy with performances,  jams, workshops, and playing sound or set up crew at several events.  You can read about those on the  Upcoming Events and Recent Appearances.

It is also the month we managed to  finally get some of our original ssongs of Florida on a professional recording.   Starlight Sound in Lake City had an opening.  Donald, the owner and sound engineer,  was wonderfully easy to work with,  he made you feel like family.  But still recording isn't easy...

Donald playing back the preliminary mix.


Know how you feel about posing for photos?
OK then,  consider putting your voice, words, music, and playing skills down for posterity...or until all the evidence no longer exists.

We were captured live....warts and all.

Yes, it can be unnerving.   And listening to the final results can be humbling.  But we are folk singers who have written some good songs and so I am relatively happy with the results. 

The recordings for Gopher Stew and other Tales should be available for download in the near future.  Drop me an email if you want to be notified on release.


Recent Appearances

Recent Appearances 


Marg leading another fun harp workshop
Thank you to those who support our music 
and appreciate heritage and tradition.

May 24-26, 2019
White Springs,  Florida 
May 25,  2PM @ Cousin Thelma's Gift Shop Stage  
May 26, 10-11 AM Sunday Morning Music @ Jam Tent
May 26,  4-5 PM Old-time Tunes @ Jam Tent

May 11, 2019
2 PM - A Celebration of Folk Music @ Cousin Thelma's Gift Shop 
White Springs,  FL

May 3-5, 2019
St. Augustine,  FL
May 5th 12-1 PM, Folk Harp Intro @ The Folk School
Workshop notes in PDF. (View or download)

Sharing songs, stories,  and history
at the Florida Agricultural Museum

Yes, Seminole attire because of
their contributions to Florida.

April 27-28, 2019
Family Farm Days @ the Florida Agricultural Museum 
Palm Coast, FL

Barberville Spring Frolic 

April 6-7, 2019
Barberville, FL

Stephen Foster Song Night

April 2019
White Springs,  FL
Friday Night Folk Jam

Upcoming Events



June - August
We are exploring Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky,  Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin. 
Impromptu performances in various locations. 
Enjoy your summer and check back for announcements. 


September 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 2019
Canal Fulton Ohio


October 27, 2019 - 2 PM
Central Florida Folk House Concert @ Winter Park Library
Winter Park, Florida



Marg and the Lever Harp

In the spring of 2018 I purchased a lever harp after a four year respite which allowed my tendonitis to abate and time for other musical journeys.

 Harplessness had other unexpected consequences, including a band name change from Heart Strings to Gopher Stew to highlight our Florida Folk Songs.   Now, I needed a melody instrument so most of our Florida songs moved from harp to banjo.  In the mean time I wrote songs for the ukulele and moved a few songs to that little wonder.  Well, not suprisingly, many tunes are better on the banjo or ukulele...but not all.

The harplessness gave me time to gain some competency on the fiddle... But the Harp Sirens called.

Harp Siren
from earlier days...
A little searching online found a slightly used Westover Therapy Harp, one that captured my heart years ago.  So taking this as a message, the little harp is now mine and stealing much of my music time.  Don't worry banjo and ukulele you are still easier to carry, quicker to tune, and perfect for most of my original songs.


Sugar Cane Stage, Barberville Spring Frolic 2019.
Notice the harp front right. 




The Band



A Florida based folk band featuring

Marg Chauvin 

and


Bill Messer 

Here's a video of Gopher Stew

A song based on a story about my dad and his cousin
Fred Chauvin and Stewart Pacetti





Marg is known for her "harping" days.
And our recordings...

Photo credits to Gail Carson,
Thank you Gail.



Our Music

Coming Soon...
...recordings of our Florida Folk Songs...


Most musicians will tell you their favorite music genre is what they are currently playing.  In Marg's case, the instrument often dictates the genre.


The  harp means Celtic or songs.


But the guitar fits most styles. 

So, here are a few of our favorite styles for jamming and performing.

  • Florida Folk

In Florida our folk songs revolve about life in the Sunshine State.  We have several original selections from animals to notable people and traditions to life styles.


"The Red Bug Blues" written by Marg after a walk in the woods.  

  • Old-time 



At Stephen Foster State Parks a teen captured one show with videos, outlined in 

  • Early Country/Blues


Now there are many wonderful songs by other Florida artists so why not share their work, with permission of course.

Video of Florida Home, a Robin Plitt song we shared in the Tower at Stephen Foster Folk Cultural Center State Park.  Thank you to Ellen Atwood Acres for the video.

  • Celtic

The harp was Marg's main primary musical instrument for many years.  During that time she won multiple Scottish Harp Competitions achieving the title of Master Scottish Harper.

We have two CDs and you can download individual tunes or entire albums

Traditions 

"Soothing root music from traditional Celtic to recent compositions; a beautiful blend of harp, flute, and guitar."

Over There 

"Celtic harp played with infectious joy and echoed in the guitar accompaniment."
The tunes are drawn from Scot and Irish traditional ballads and dance.