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The Helber Sisters, Vicki and Janet, were a duo through the 1970 and 1980s, in Bloomington,Indiana. We grew up singing together as children. Janet started playing the guitar at the age of 13, after hearing Bob Dylan on the radio.. Janet and Vicki sang in bands, did back up vocals for local musician's recordings, and sang together at local Folk Festivals. After we started raising our families, and Janet's guitar broke and was given the last rights, we did not sing together for countless years.
In the profile picture, Vicki is at the mic and Janet is the one peeping in from the left .
Three years ago Janet found a vintage 1935 Gibson Kalamazoo guitar, and bought it. Inspired by this wonderful instrument, Janet started practicing, Alice (Vicki's daughter) joined, with her beautiful, strong voice, and we are now a trio! Our friend, Steve Hinnefeld joined us with his guitar, helping Janet by picking out the tunes on the instrumentals. Steve had also put down his guitar for 20 years, while raising his family, so he has done some practicing too.His wife is glad that we have gotten him out of the house, and playing guitar again. The three sisters take turns at the various vocals. We can all sing the range, but Vicki shines at the lower parts.She is the backbone of the trio, with her strong steady voice.
Janet, being the guitar player is also the song researcher, and is learning the songs faster than we can polish and record them., We are quite happy when we play together. It is a joy!

Helber Sisters Janet and Vicki Helber And Alice Wilmoth, Bloomington, United States

  • A Comment on CorinneBL's
    Still, Still, Still at 0.52
    on July 13, 2014 04:58

    Lovely song, Corinne! I love the angelic harmony in the background. Very delicate and dreamlike!

  • A Comment on ScottJenx's
    "Longing For Home" - ScottJenx - Click title fo... at 1.19
    on July 13, 2014 04:12

    wonderful song! I love everything about it!

  • A Comment on Pall of a Past World's
    Desert Flower at 0.35
    on July 13, 2014 03:43

    Love this song so much! You sure know your wildflowers!

  • A Comment on Debojit Sarkar (Abhro)'s
    kyun at 1.50
    on July 11, 2014 01:11

    Very tender and beautiful song!

  • A Comment on Helber Sisters's
    Aragon Mill Mixdown at 0.34
    on July 08, 2014 03:19

    @blue eyed sailor: Thank you, sir! Thanks for listening! I can see you really are a dyed in the wool folk fanatic! Love your site, with all your songs, which we will try to hear all of, eventually!

  • A Comment on Drew Ford Music's
    Friends at 0.59
    on July 06, 2014 02:39

    This song is fantastic! Love the lyrics, and Drew's voice is just perfect for it!

  • A Comment on Helber Sisters's
    Aragon Mill Mixdown at 3.56
    on July 03, 2014 18:19

    @David Skellenger: Thank you David! Thanks also for reposting our song!

  • A Comment on Theresa West's
    FlowWithTheRiver at 0.46
    on July 02, 2014 03:38

    Lovely! Wonderful harmony !

  • A Comment on Theresa West's
    Far Over Misty Mountains Cold at 1.37
    on July 02, 2014 03:29
  • A Comment on leemparry's
    Violet - Original Song - Lee Parry (Demo) at 0.36
    on July 02, 2014 03:14

    Beautiful song! Great story telling here!

  • A Comment on Barbara 235 Parker's
    Let Sleeping Dogs Lie at 1.30
    on July 02, 2014 02:34

    love this so much!

  • A Comment on Alex Austin 2's
    Sunday Morning Coming Down - "Alex and Jim" at 0.59
    on July 02, 2014 02:05

    Wonderful rendition of this song, Alex! You nailed it here!

  • A Comment on banjodai's
    John Browns March at 0.18
    on July 02, 2014 01:55

    Really love this!

  • A Comment on StephenRandall's
    If I Knew Then at 0.09
    on June 22, 2014 05:39

    @StephenRandall: You know though, our eyes were welling with tears as we said that!

  • A Comment on Helber Sisters's
    Honey Down a String- Krista Detor with harmony ... at 1.12
    on June 22, 2014 04:51

    @StephenRandall: Thanks! They are pretty smooth, compared to what we do usually. That's the engineer at work. He had us do it over, until we matched Krista's every inflection.

  • A Comment on StephenRandall's
    If I Knew Then at 0.09
    on June 22, 2014 04:48

    @StephenRandall: Yes, sorry 'bout that, but it is so true, That line , "Guess you'd say the same of me..." We are often held back by relationships. You just said it all so tenderly.

  • A Comment on StephenRandall's
    If I Knew Then at 0.09
    on June 22, 2014 04:38

    I say "It's sweet!" Vicki says, "It's adorable!" We love it!

  • A Comment on Johnny Minstrel's
    Ploughmen Pray For Rain (Collab with Dunlooser) at 0.15
    on June 22, 2014 03:51

    Johnny, love this song!

  • A Comment on Helber Sisters's
    Aragon Mill Mixdown at 2.39
    on June 21, 2014 20:44

    @Dav-is: David, thank you for listening to so many of our songs. We have not put up any of our most recent work, as it is still being edited. I have listened to your work, and it really is wonderful. I love all that you do!

  • A Comment on Guitar Picker's
    It Is No Secret (What God Can Do) Dedicated to ... at 0.54
    on June 21, 2014 20:42

    @Guitar Picker: Well, thanks for asking! We have a bass player now and are really happy with how having that bottom beat helps keep us on track! We are having a blast with our music. The recording made last summer is still being edited, slowly, since my son Patrick is working two jobs and has little time. We may have to go to another studio! Seriously, it is getting very frustrating!

  • A Comment on Dav-is's
    Vestapol (Traditional) at 0.31
    on June 21, 2014 19:40

    Awesome! Knocked my socks off!

  • A Comment on lonesome d string band's
    Chimu Ni Kakatei at 0.30
    on June 18, 2014 21:28

    I love this composition! Very organic!

  • A Comment on Guitar Picker's
    It Is No Secret (What God Can Do) Dedicated to ... at 0.54
    on June 18, 2014 21:22

    Awesome! Love it!

  • A Comment on RobsRags Bol Weevil Bobby's
    Duranged Hornpipe at 0.43
    on June 18, 2014 21:19

    Rob, this is great! I could listen to this all day!

  • A Comment on Reliablebowmusic's
    The heart of the lady ~~~ reliablebowmusic at 2.37
    on June 18, 2014 20:23

    Wonderful song! Love the guitar work!

  • A Comment on Helber Sisters's
    Billy Gray- song written by Norman Blake- ( a W... at 0.48
    on June 12, 2014 04:23

    @Mark A. Pierce: Thank you Mark! I like your term, Carteresque! That is indeed our style!

  • A Comment on kodiaktom's
    Last Trip Together (FERNANDO GONZALO cover) at 2.32
    on June 07, 2014 03:19

    Love your singing in this! Beautifully crafted song!

  • A Comment on PeterLehndorff's
    When I die (bury me in my Toyota) ©Peter Lehndorff at 1.17
    on June 07, 2014 02:54

    Peter! I love this song! Mine is a 22 year old Sentra. Leaves little piles of rust in every parking lot.

  • A Comment on Helber Sisters's
    03 The Last Train from Poor Valley at 2.45
    on June 07, 2014 00:11

    @MarkFields PacNW: Thank you Mark, for listening! I have been listening to your songs, and I really like your songwriting. ~ Janet

  • A Comment on Mark Styles's
    Kitchen girl at 0.48
    on June 02, 2014 02:23

    Beautiful! I can tell that you have really study the old time music! Your playing is wonderful!

  • A Comment on Work Zone's
    Sketch in Blur and Gree at 0.36
    on May 13, 2014 02:28

    Sweet!!! So tranquil!

  • A Comment on Rinyville's
    I Don't Mind (let me shed some tears) at 1.29
    on May 07, 2014 01:29

    Love this version of this song, Riny! The drums and bass are really nice in it~

  • A Comment on Carly Simon - Official's
    Boys In The Trees at 1.13
    on May 07, 2014 01:21

    Such a tender song! Have not heard this before!

  • A Comment on Carly Simon - Official's
    Devoted To You at 1.11
    on May 07, 2014 01:18

    Perfect duet, perfect harmony! Love harmony!

  • A Comment on Lucy Wainwright Roche's
    Chicago at 1.17
    on May 02, 2014 03:05

    Lovely song! Wonderfully sung, and the lyrics are so good!

  • A Comment on Helber Sisters's
    North Country Blues - Janet sings a Bob Dylan ... at 1.55
    on April 29, 2014 04:27

    @van-gabriel: Thank you Van! Glad you dropped by to listen! Hope to have more up very soond.I have enjoyed your songs. The lyrics are so wonderful!

  • A Comment on Allen G Bailey's
    Calico Dress (original) lyrics below at 2.26
    on April 25, 2014 01:51

    Love this song! You sing it so tenderly!

  • A Comment on bronzed god's
    Trailer Park at 0.35
    on April 25, 2014 01:35

    Great song! Sounds like you were lucky to survive your childhood! Nice that you could write about it and get a few things off your chest!

  • A Comment on Olen Roberts's
    It's Just My Nature (Billy lawson-Olen Roberts)... at 0.47
    on April 25, 2014 01:06

    @Olen Roberts: That is such a sweet song! I love "Sweet Fern", and we do it very well, the three of us, on the yodeling parts. Alice sings "Dreaming of you Darling" and we have recorded her singing "Sailor on the Deep Blue Sea" and "Meet me By the Moonlight". Our recordings have been stuck in limbo lately though, because they are being edited by my son, who is working two jobs, and has little time these days. Oh, we also have really enjoyed singing "Lonesome Pine Special" I have been learning my guitar playing from a collection of Carter Family songs that I have. Also, Norman Blake.

  • A Comment on Bergman's
    Houck & Bergman - Nobody cept You at 2.23
    on April 24, 2014 23:48

    Whoa! This is an awesome song, guys! Your voices are so clear, and I love the lyrics! Of course the instrumentals are so great!

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