Barb Heller and Friends perform Saturday at Russell Opera House
Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - 9:13 am

RUSSELL -- Barb Heller and Friends will perform at the Russell Opera House, Saturday, June 12 at 7 p.m.

Barb Heller has been playing guitar and writing songs since she was 12. Now she makes her home in Canton, and may be best known as a host on local NPR affiliate North Country Public Radio ( and Folk Alley, a 24-hour Folk station that streams online at and at

Many of Barb's songs are about North Country people and places.

She entertains audiences of all ages, in all kinds of settings, and is also a guitar teacher.

One of her "Friends" is Christian Parker, a singer-songwriter from Northern New York. He has recorded 6 studio albums and has been performing for over 20 years throughout the region. His style ranges from acoustic guitars to a sparkling electric blend. Christian’s songs are about everyday life experiences, good or bad, there is always hope at the end of the day.

Barbara’s godson Dave Hartman is scheduled to share his vocal talents singing a song or two. Dave is a 2004 graduate of Canton Central School and specializes in jazz, and songs made popular by the Rat Pack in the 1950s and 1960s.

Russell Opera House is located in Russell Town Hall, 10 miles from Canton on CR 24. The Opera House has been open, serving the public with concerts, plays, operas, and other programs since 2005.

An upcoming performance will be a concert by Stringfolks, Saturday July 31 at 7 p.m. Stringfolks is a North Country folk group, which has toured the county for several years. Leader John Danis has made regional flavor a focus of his group most recently.

For information call Tess Eells, 347-2358 at Russell Town Hall. There is no charge for admission, but donations to the Russell Opera House Restoration Fund will be gratefully accepted. Light refreshments will be served.