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John Giver Memorial June 27

The world lost a fine musician and friend when John Giver, age 64, passed away Thursday, June 4, 2015, in hospice at Brookwood Retirement Community.

John Giver performing at the Leo Coffeehouse,

John at the Leo

A longtime employee of Kroger at Hyde Park Plaza, John was an avid reader, an enthusiastic golfer and sports fan, and a painter in addition to being a musician.

His love of music began as a child with accordion lessons and grew to include the piano, organ, guitar, banjo, dulcimer and recorder. He belonged to the Queen City Balladeers and with friends formed a trio called Midlife Crisis and a duo called Postage Due that performed around the Cincinnati area. He wrote several songs and recorded two albums. He enjoyed many trips to the Kentucky Music Festival in Bardstown as both a student and instructor.

He is preceded in death by parents Norbert J. and Ann Giver. He is survived by siblings Carol (and Gary) Covert, Tom (and Sherri) Giver, Susan (and Kurt) Alexander and Greg (and Kate) Giver, nieces and nephews.

A memorial will be held noon-2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 27, at Springfield Township Community Arts Center, Room C, 9158 Winton Road. His musician friends are encouraged to come and perform. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Queen City Balladeers.

You can sign the online guest book for John here. 

The following is brief remembrance of John, written by Janet Buening, who brought Christine Lavin to Cincinnati for a private concert for John Giver.

John has been very much in my thoughts these past few days. Jeff, a close friend who went to high school at St. Gregory Seminary with John and my husband Greg, is visiting us June 17 – 18. When Jeff planned this trip in April, we all intended to get together for dinner and a joyful reunion. Who could have imagined that John would not be with us? He didn’t even know he had cancer then; he thought his chronic back pain was from standing so long at work.

The events of those last days of John’s life were nothing short of a miracle – starting with Christine’s big “yes” to a crazy woman who emailed her and arranged a mid-June visit, and then emailed again to move the date up several weeks when we realized how quickly John was losing ground. Christine came on three days’ notice!

So many people came together to make everything happen – from Prudence and Jim Hunt who organized the public concert and ran sound to all the Balladeers and other music friends who came to see Christine and send their love and support to John. God’s grace was truly flowing that weekend. And it was absolutely wonderful to see John happy, animated, and singing on our visits to hospice.

On Sunday, he even tried to play guitar for us. And then just four days later, he was gone.


ArtSong 2015 Starts July 10

Cincinnati Art MuseumMark this date: July 10, 2015. That’s the first night of ArtSong, the Queen City Balladeers annual free summer concert series.

Opening night performers will be 

Concerts start at 8 p.m. and end at 10. Doors open at 7 p.m. as we complete sound checks for the performers.

The venue is the Fath Auditorium in the Art Museum. Seating is limited, so it’s best to arrive early. There is plenty of free parking at the Art Museum.

Enter the museum at the Dewitt Entrance on the side of the building, not the main entrance.

You will not be allowed to bring food into the auditorium, and at this time we are not planning to make food available, so plan accordingly. For example, you could picnic in the park ahead of time, and then come to the museum for the show.

The concerts are free and donations are welcomed to help offset the costs. We also invite you to consider sponsorship. We offer four levels.

  • The Seeger Level: $500 and above
  • The Leadbelly Level: $250 to $499
  • The Guthrie Level: $100 to $249
  • The Stephen Foster Level: $50 to $99

 Currently, we have thew following sponsors at the Guthrie level:

  • K. Boniface
  • Stan Boric
  • Trustway Properties

Of course, we also welcome any level of support, both financial and as a volunteer. 

To learn more or offer to become a sponsor, contact President Pete Armstrong or Vice-President Chris Bieri via the Contact Us page.

For the complete ArtSong schedule, click here. 


Win Yourself a Mini-Martin

PrintThe Queen City Balladeers is proud to announce that C.F. Martin & Co. has donated a Martin LXM guitar for us to raffle in support of ArtSong 2015!

This “Little” Martin is the company’s smallest guitar, but it’s very big on tone, quality and versatility. The LXM model features mahogany high-pressure laminate back and sides with a warm satin finish. It lists for $409 and is ideal for travel, beginning guitar students, and singing around the campfire!

LXM Little Matin

LXM Liittle Martin

Raffle ticket sales will continue at the ArtSong 2015 concerts. The winning ticket will be drawn at the last ArtSong concert on July 31, 2015.

C.F. Martin & Co. is known around the world for its fine instruments. The “C.F.” stands for Christian Frederick Martin, Sr., who was born in Germany in 1796. Apprenticed to a Viennese guitar-maker at age 15. C.F. emigrated to New York City in 1833, and later set up shop in Nazareth, PA. C.F.’s innovative designs are still being by the Martin Company used today!

Learn more about C.F. Martin & Co. and the LXM Lirttle Martin.


 ArtSong Support

Thank you, ArtsWave!

Arts WaveThe Queen City Balladeers is proud to announce that the ArtsWave has awarded our organization a grant in the amount of $2,000 to support our 2015 ArtSong Summer Concert Series! This is the QCB’s 51st year of summer concerts.

The ArtsWave’s mission is to be a leader and regional catalyst working to advance the vitality and vibrancy of Greater Cincinnati by mobilizing the creative energy of the entire community. (Learn more about ArtsWave.)


Queen City Balladeers Board

The 2015-2016 QCB Officers, voted in at the season ending potluck, are:

  • President: Chuck Black
  • Vice-president: Spencer Funk
  • Treasurer: Bev Hansen
  • Historian: Dennis Iverson
  • Secretary: Jude Smith

Officers for the 2014-2015,  who serve until September, are: 

  • President: Pete Armstrong
  • Vice-president: Chris Bieri
  • Vice-president: Chuck Black
  • Treasurer: Bev Hansen
  • Historian: Dennis Iverson
  • Secretary: Nonie Muller

The board is responsible for all financial decisions and for setting the direction for the Balladeers for the year in which the officers serve. The board year begins in September, with the opening of the club, and ends the following year when the club opens and a new board is installed.


Spread The Word About The Balladeers

You can be on the Balladeers “Street Team” and help spread the word about who we are and what we do. To learn more about helping to promote the Balladeers (with some links to information about using social media to promote anything) click Help Market the Queen City Balladeers.


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