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Bob is a Nebraska native whose family sang and played the old-time songs. Many of the western and railroad songs he does were learned from his grandmother. He plays banjo
and autoharp, sings and yodels, and can drive a dance band with his guitar and harmonica. Bob is well known and loved for his dry and witty stage humor. He has published
numerous articles and reviews for The Old-Time Herald and
Inside Bluegrass and been an instructor for a course called "The History of Country Music" for th
e Honors Division
at the University of Minnesota.

 

Gail has been a full time traditional musician/singer/dance caller/music instructor since 1976. She sings and plays fiddle, banjo, guitar and autoharp. Her calling reflects the
styles of old time dances commonly done throughout the Midwest in an earlier day. Originally from Missouri, Gail learned a large part of her music and dance repertoire
from older Ozark performers, and is nationally known for her attentions to perpetuating our traditional heritage of roots music. Gail has been a Master Fiddler with students in
Iowa and Minnesota through the State Arts Apprenticeship Programs.

                 

 

Bovee & Heil performances have included:

Festivals & Camps...
Indiana Fiddler's Gathering (Battleground, IN)                                                               
Fox Valley Folk Festival (Geneva, IL)
Merlefest (N. Wilkesboro, NC)
San Diego Roots Festival (San Diego, CA)
MN Bluegrass & Old Time Festival (Richmond, MN)
Railfest (Sacramento, CA)
Kent State Folk Festival (Kent, OH)
Winnipeg Folk Festival (Winnipeg, MB)
Big Island Rendezvous (Albert Lea, MN)
Hiawatha Music Festival (Marquette, MI)
Arizona Wild West Days (Mesa, AZ)
Gays Mills Festival (Gays Mills, WI)
Festival of American Fiddle Tunes (Port Townsend, WA)
Augusta Heritage Workshops (Elkins, WV)
Pinewoods (Plymouth, MA)
Old Songs Festival (Altamont, NY)
Bighorn Mountain Music Festival (Buffalo, WY)

Concerts...
Folklore Society of Greater Washington (Washington, DC)
John C. Campbell Folk School (Brasstown, NC)
Ozark Folk Center (Mt. View, AR)
Jubilee Center (Knoxville, TN)
Ten Pound Fiddle (Lansing, MI)
Chandler Center For the Arts (Chandler, AZ)
David Adler Cultural Center (Libertyville, IL)
Brandywine Friends of Traditional Music (Newark, DE)
Kerr Center (Scottsdale, AZ)
First Night (Columbia, MO)
First Night (Grand Forks, ND)
Mesa Arts Center (Mesa, AZ)
Rochester Civic Music (Rochester, MN)
Mountain Rails Concerts, Rio Grande Scenic Railroad (Alamosa, CO)
Austin Friends of Traditional Music (Austin, TX)

Educational...
Children's Museum (St. Paul, MN)
Children's Museum (Austin, TX)
Children's Museum (Omaha, NE)
Wheatland Music Organization Outreach (Remus, MI)
Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago, IL)
Arizona Territorial Museum (Mesa, AZ)
Minneapolis Institute of Art (Minneapolis, MN)
Sheridan County Arts Council (Sheridan, WY)
Living History Farms (Des Moines, IA)
OH State University (Bowling Green, OH)
Museum of the Rockies (Bozeman, MT)

Fairs...
Winona County Fair (St. Charles, MN)
Houston County Fair (Caledonia, MN)
Minnesota State Fair (St. Paul, MN)

Radio & TV...
Prairie Home Companion (NPR)
Old Time Country Music (Iowa Public TV)
Midwest Country Music, Sandstone, MN (RFD cable)
River City Folk (NPR)
Mountain Stage (NPR)