StringFever spins a kaleidoscope of original compositions, jazz standards, energetic ddle tunes, and rip-roaring-knock-your-socks-off gypsy-jazz!


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StringFever is an eclectic string band with its roots in the music of Django Reinhardt and influences from Jazz, Folk, Celtic, Newgrass, Classical and World music. The quartet features Stefan Thordarson, Doug Thordarson, Ron Thompson and Brent Gubbels. Ron, Doug and Brent are the seasoned musicians of the group, who have been active in the Vancouver music scene for many years. The new kid on the block is 13-year-old fiddling dynamo Stefan. Together, their broad ranges of musical interests converge in StringFever’s repertoire of original compositions, jazz standards, energetic fiddle tunes, and rip-roaring-knock-your-socks-off gypsy-jazz!

“Stefan Thordarson is only 12 years old, but he’s a third generation fiddler and unlike most child prodigies, knows how to swing. With father Doug playing second fiddle and rhythm guitar and veteran jazzman Ron Thompson taking Django Reinhardt-style six-string leads, the group possesses a rare blend of youthful energy and old-guy savvy.” Alex Varty, Georgia Straight, June 2004

Ron has played with jazz notables such as Rosemary Clooney, Frank Foster, Joe Henderson, Fraser MacPherson, Della Reese and Don Thompson. His love of world music is evident from his recent musical endeavours. As well as leading his world-class band Gypsalero, Ron has played klezmir with Olam, African world-beat with The World Jive Big Band, and tango with pianist Linda Lee Thomas. Working with StringFever has inspired Ron to write some great tunes that are guaranteed to get people on their feet and dancing!

Doug is a popular Vancouver violinist who has played with The Casablanca Cowboys and Gypsalero. When he had a five-string viola built a few years ago, he wanted to put it to the test. He plays this instrument in the bluegrass band Great Northern and now with StringFever. In StringFever, Doug harmonizes with Stefan on a wide variety of tunes, such as the lyrical Freddie Hubbard piece Little Sunflower, Ron’s wild, gypsy tune Zalmir’s Playhouse, and his own original, fun-filled fiddle tune entitled Humerus Breakdown.

Stefan has played the violin since he was four years old and his musical interests are diverse. As well as playing in StringFever, he plays first violin with the Vancouver Youth Symphony, and is a member of the rock bands GBGB and The Click. Over the past year, Stefan has composed a number of tunes, including Dancing Fox, which can be heard on StringFever’s debut Blue House Sessions.

“Stefan displays impressive technical command of his instrument as well as a touch of flair...Stefan’s piece ‘Dancing Fox’ has a catchy blues-jazz melody and demonstrates an intrinsic understanding of song writing.” Tony Montague, 2004

Brent, the newest member of StringFever, has performed and recorded folk, roots, jazz and Latin music with many noted artists including James Keelaghan, Oscar Lopez, Gypsalero, Susan Crowe, and Compadres. Since 1992, he has toured North America and Europe extensively and played a variety of international jazz and folk festivals.


StringFever’s debut release, Blue House Sessions (June 2004), celebrates the music that filled the nights of the Blue House concert series. Selections include original compositions by the StringFever members along with engaging arrangements of their favourite gypsy-jazz tunes. Selections from Blue House Sessions have been played on CBC Radio.

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StringFever has been recorded live by CBC Studio One.

Set List

A swinging mix of original compositions by the StringFever members and engaging arrangements of their favourite gypsy-jazz tunes.

A full presentation by StringFever runs about two hours and is divided into two sets (Set 1: 45–50 minutes; Set 2: 30–40 minutes). StringFever tailors performances to suit their events, adding and subtracting material as needed.

StringFever Set List
Zalmir's Playhouse
Tchavolo Swing
Oh Lady Be Good
Honeysuckle Rose
Devil's Dream
Snowflake Reel
Ookpik Waltz
New Country
Little Sunflower
Wholly Cats
Lowdown Showdown
Dancing Fox
Humerus Breakdown
Dark Eyes
Wild Garlic Waltz
Café Django
Step by Steppin'
Double Express
Minor Swing
King of the Gypsies