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"Chance and Susette were great at our concert! They gave lots of background info - made the audience feel they were really there at the dawn of country music. Friends of mine brought an acquaintance with them from New York City whose idea of a musical evening is listening to Viennese waltzes. I warned them it might not be up his alley, but they brought him anyway. I asked him what he thought of it as he left and he said 'I was fascinated! I want to learn more about A P Carter!'"

-Mary Smith, Richmond Folk Music Society

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The Shivers' Upcoming Appearances

  • May 21, 2018 The Shiver Show, John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC

Previous Appearances

  • May 25, 2013 The Shiver Show, Fiddler's Grove Festival, Union Grove, NC 
  • May 27, 2012 (6:00pm), The Shiver Show
    Fiddler's Grove Festival, Union Grove, NC
  • April 16, 2011 (1:30pm and 4:00pm), The Shivers,
    Hennage Auditorium at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, Williamsburg VA
  • May 27, 2011 (6:00pm), The Shiver Show,
    Fiddler's Grove Festival, Union Grove, NC
  • May 25, 2012 (5:30pm) The Shiver Show,
    Fiddler's Grove Festival, Union Grove, NC
  • May 27, 2012 (12:45pm) The Shiver Show,
    Fiddler's Grove Festival, Union Grove, NC


  • Here come Chance and Susette Shiver brushing the dust of time off the 'Old Familiar Songs' of old time Country Music. With vocals as clean, crisp and authentic as a cold drink of cider, the Shivers bring close harmony, guitar, autoharp and banjo to their wonderful interpretation of music Americana. Performing for the past two years, the Fiddler's Grove audience has loved their 30's costumes and laughed heartily at the touches of comedy that infuse their exceptional music performances. We at Fiddlers Grove look forward to the return of the Shivers next year for our 86th consecutive Ole Time Fiddler's and Bluegrass Festival and to that ringing call "Here come the Shivers!"

    Henry (Hank) P. Van Hoy, II, festival director
    Ole Time Fiddler's and Bluegrass Festival
    Fiddler's Grove, Union Grove, North Carolina

  • Dynamite concert. The first half Chance and Susette were channeling A. P. and Sara Carter--except that Chance sang a lot more than A. P. used to. Though he was the MC and raconteur, a la A.P. You could visualize that's the way it used to be--even the venue fit-- a little church off the beaten track--and great acoustics.

    The second half they had some able assistance in a really solid sound from Mark Clifton, an excellent dobro player and Lynn Healey, a great bluegrass singer, throwing in some sweet harmonies-- as well as guitarist. And Kristin McAvinue was a good solid bass fiddler providing the foundation all the way through the concert.

    They even gave the audience a chance to sing at the end of the concert--which as Jan says, was rather lovely.  Jan also had a hard time restraining herself from dancing. On top of that the group dressed the part--30's head to toe.

    If they come to your area, by all means drop everything else and go see them.

    Ron Davies,

'And now for something completely different'
We were delighted when Chance and Susette Shiver visited our Old Time Music and Dance Festival in Gainsborough, UK in February 2008...Their brand of Old Time Country Music, often in song, accompanied by guitar, autoharp, banjo and story-telling proved to be a big hit.

The warm reception they received both during the concerts and informally as they met festival-goers was well deserved. They created an informal relationship with the audience and brought a splendid and different feature to the concerts underpinned by a healthy slice of humour. Their performance is the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia which provides a rich source of song and stories enjoyed by all.

.....we look forward to seeing them again in the future.

Bob Ward, Concert M.C.,14th Friends of American Old Time Music and Dance Festival, Gainsborough, UK February 2008

  • Carl Sandburg delighted in performing his collection of folksongs and personal stories for audiences around the world. Your show evoked nostalgic feelings for much of our audience who grew up during Sandburg's era.  Your vintage attire greatly enhanced your radio show performance and took people back to an earlier time.  It was a perfect fit, delighted the audience and helped make the festival a huge success. 
  • H. Tyrone Brandyburg, Superintendent, National Park Service,Carl Sandburg Home, Flat Rock, North Carolina 2013

The Shiver Show - An Evening of Old Time Country Music and Comedy