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For good clean Western / Cowboy Entertainment for a private function, gathering or festival, or any kind of event, go through the list of our members below where you can click on a name to go right to it, or scroll down and check them all out.

Beside the name will be a letter that denotes what the particular performer does. Here's what that letter means:

  • P = Cowboy Poet
  • M = Musician / Instrumentalist
  • S = Western Singer
  • O = Other - comedian, story teller, etc
  • C = Will do Commissioned Poems and/or Songs

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Alberta Cowboy Poetry Association, ACPA  

The Alberta Cowboy Poetry Association Entertainers

 

Jim Beaudoin S
Ken Blacklock P
Ed Brown S M P
Bryce Burnett P
Jesse Colt P
Doris Daley P
Dave Dance P
Alison Demeter S C
Fred Dobirstein S M
Lloyd Dolen S
Doll Sisters S
Miriam Dreher S
Mike Dygert S M
Bud Edgar O P

Charlie Ewing S
Gary Fjellgaard S M
Buddy Gale P
Ron Gale P
John Glawson P
Frank Gleeson P
Jim Green P O
Jim Hamilton P
Sue Harris S
Dale "Doc" Hayes P
Perry Jacobson S
"Diamond" Doug Keith P
Hugh Kelly S M
Larry Krause S

Jackson Mackenzie SMPC
Hugh McLennan PSO
Nora Maidman S
Richard Martin S
Mag Mawhinney P
Richard Mousseau PMSOC
Linda Nadon PMS
Vivia Oliver P
Al Owchar SMPO
Joyce Pallister Bronsch O
Phyllis Rathwell P
Mary Resek P
Robbie Robertson P
Hazel Rust P

Christine Schauer S M
Alice Sinclair S M
Randy and Rai Smith S M
Bryan "Bj" Smith P
J Alvin Speers P
Duane Stewart S M
Vic Stuckey P
Wendy Vaughan P C
Marshall Veal S M P C
The Wardens S M
Harold Webber P
Margaret Wilhelm P
Abe Zacharias S

 

 


Jim Beaudoin - Singer
My Dad was not only my biggest fan, but was also my musical influence and idol. Anywhere you could find him: the house, barn, truck or tractor, he would be singing a song. At a young age my parents bought me my first guitar at a filling station in our home town of Maymont. Both my Dad and I liked singers like Marty Robbins, Johnny Cash, Hank Snow, and Elvis, as well as the lively Southern Gospel. I got married and moved to Spruce Grove, Alberta with my wife Pat and three daughters. I continued to sing to myself and around family campfires, but as a shy guy I was not too much into singing in front of people. Matter of fact when I am working as a welder, and I am off by myself, you may have heard a tune or two. Then several years ago Pat pushed me on the stage at Garden Valley Jamboree. My wife knows what is best, because since then, we have traveled all around to Jamborees, having the time of our life. So I thank her for the push. She is my biggest promoter and supporter. I hope you all enjoy our music as much as we enjoy singing it ...

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Jim Beaudoin
Jim Beaudoin
Spruce Grove, Alberta
Phone: 780-962-5811
Email: jimbeaudoinhp@gmail.com


 


Ken Blacklock - Cowboy Poet
Rhymes For Your Special Occasion
Ken hails from Waubamun and Glenevis Alberta. He is a very prolific poet who composes hundreds of poems a year. He will write a poem at the drop of a hat, so don't drop your hat or anything else when he is around. New friends are warned about his magic pen. His varied background has lots of material for his writing. His favourite subjects are people, politicians, weather and history. His spiritual or Gospel poetry is often used in Scouts Own or Cowboy Church. A dedicated traveler, his road rhymes form an atlas of his wanderings. Wherever he goes he looks for opportunities to share in the songs of the district. In 2002 he won a writing contest sponsored by the Dawson City and Yukon Tourist Bureaus with a poem about the "Spirit Of The Northland". He has performed in most provinces and territories of Canada, every state in Australia, as well as Alaska and a couple of other US States. Ken Blacklock is the producer of the Harvest Moon Corn Fest at Rimbey, the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, and the Stony Plain Poetry Gathering as well as a volunteer performer at the Bar U National Historic site.

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Ken Blacklock
Ken Blacklock
The Wandering Cowboy Poet
Wabamun, Alberta
Phone: 780-785-3122


 


Ed Brown - Cowboy Poet, Singer, Songwriter, Wildlife Artist and Sculptor

With a diverse background including rodeo cowboy, community pasture rider, trapper, wildlife artist and musician Ed Brown has collected a vast backlog of experiences populated by colourful characters and situations which he mines to bring to life his various narratives. Poems laced with raw humour, irony and comments on the state of just about everything blend seamlessly with songs that range from poignant reflections on days gone by, to uplifting celebrations of modern cowboy life. All original and a unique approach to storytelling.

From his home base on a small ranch in Southwestern Manitoba Ed performs regularly at countless private functions and has been a headliner at all the major cowboy gatherings and festivals in Western Canada. . He has also made regular radio and television appearances and has been featured in several magazine articles and documentaries. An accomplished musician, he is often found performing as a side man for other performers.

Ed is in the Manitoba Rodeo Cowboy's Hall of Fame and is currently serving on the executive of the Alberta Cowboy Poetry Assn. He has produced three cds of his work and has been awarded the Will Rogers Award from the Academy of Western Artists. His songs and poems have been performed by several other artists in Canada and the US.

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Ed Brown
Ed Brown
Box 241 Oak Lake, Manitoba
Canada, R0M 1P0
Phone: 204-512-2498
Email: edbrownbal@hotmail.com
Web: www.edbrowncowboypoet.com

Product
CD - Most of My Best Friends Are Still Cowboys view

CD - 180 Years of Sage Comments and Buckbrush Logic view

CD - A Cowboy Collaboration view


 


Bryce Burnett - Cowboy Poet

Growing up "in ranching ways" on the Prairies of southwest Saskatchewan, Bryce Burnett has put his pen to paper to proudly celebrate his heritage and the lifestyle he loves. Burnett's cowboy poetry recollects his memories of homesteaders and characters in his region, as well as the animals and natural wonders that have affected him daily. Community events and family meals, trips to town and Sunday worship services, cattle encounters and the beauty of the fields, births and deaths, rodeos, cattle shows, and fishing trips all play a role in the life of a rancher. Burnett captures them all in his own style, often with a dash of humour.

Product
Book - Homegrown and Other Poems view

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Bryce Burnett
Bryce Burnett
Swift Current, Sask
Phone: 306-773-7065
Email: wburnett@xplornet.ca
URL: www.bryceburnett.com


 


Jesse Colt - Cowboy Poet
Jesse shares a log home in the Rocky Mountain foothills with the love of his life, Linda, several dogs, too many horses and the noisiest coyotes in Alberta.

His education includes an Engineering Degree from the University of Manitoba and Business Administration from McMaster University. After service with the Royal Canadian Air Force, Jesse practiced Engineering in most Canadian provinces and territories. He is currently Director of Engineering, Siemens Canada.

He has performed Cowboy Poetry in venues; ranging from the dusty bars along the Cowboy Trail to the glamour of Nevada.

He is a member of the Academy of Western Artists and a director of the Alberta Cowboy Poetry Association. Jesse is an award winning Cowboy Poet and his published novels have been short listed in the Eppies. His book, illustrated by Val Moker, "Short Poems And Tall Cowboys" won the Will Rogers Medallion Award.

Maureen-Joy Gale and Jesse have released a new CD, "The Leather, The Dust."

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Jesse Colt
Jesse Colt
Bragg Creek, Alberta
Phone: 403-931-2681
Email: jessecolt2013@gmail.com


 

Doris Daley - Cowboy Poet

"If cowboy poetry was fresh milk, and the cream that rises to the top was the best of the cowboy poets, then Doris Daley would be very rich and very, very fattening!!" - Waddie Mitchell, Elko, NV

From the West Texas plains to the banks of the Bow River, Doris has been making her living as a western wordsmith all over North America for the past several years. She has an impeccable pedigree for the job: her gene pool includes Irish stowaways, sorry team ropers, petticoated bushwhackers, good cooks, great two-steppers, assorted cowboys and intrepid prairie homesteaders. No campfire too small, no convention hall too big, Doris has been a featured entertainer on western stages throughout Canada and the US, and is also a favourite at community parties, fund raisers, private parties and corporate events. Her best award - Doris Daley: Procurer and Collector of the Best Friends and Fans in the West. She and her husband Bob live in Turner Valley, AB.

Awards:
WMA's Female Cowboy Poet of the Year, 2009
WMA's Best Cowboy Poetry CD, 2009
Academy of Western Artists' Cowgirl Poet of the Year, 2004

Call for details about 100 Years of Thunder: Tribute to the Calgary Stampede. This is a 90-minute show in poetry and music in collaboration with singer-songwriter Bruce Innes.

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photo by Donna Smith
Doris Daley
Doris Daley
Black Diamond, Alberta
Phone: 403-862-8965
URL: www.dorisdaley.com
Email: ddaley@telus.net

Product
CD - 100 Years of Thunder (2012) view
CD - Beneath a Western Sky (2009) view
CD - Good for What Ails You (2005) view
Book - Rhyme and Reason view
Book - West Word Ho! (2011) view


 


Dave (Grumpy) Dance - Cowboy Poet
I was born in Kamloops BC, the land of bunch grass, sand, sage and pine. Though I was born and raised in town I spent most of time wherever there were cattle and horses. At the age of ten I drove my first team on a haying operation. After that I was always around livestock. I was employed in various fields until the late sixties when I became totally employed in the agricultural industry. I moved to Alberta in 1975 to work full time in the cattle industry. The next 25 years was spent riding pasture, calving cows and feedlot backrounding calves and finishing yearlings for market. Spent several years as a leader in the 4H program.

Attended my first poetry gathering at Pincher Creek Alberta in 1998 and became a serious follower attending several Gatherings a year.

In 2003 I did my first poetry on stage in Hiensburg Alberta reading poems written by my son Frank. Since then I’ve written my own poems.

I've performed at Gatherings in Kamloops, Pincher Creek, Willow Creek/Stavely, Rimbey, Stony Plain, all Alberta Cowboy Poetry Association Trail’s End Gatherings, Maple Creek Saskatchewan and Gospel Music weekend at Coronation Alberta.

I am on the board of directors of the Alberta Cowboy Poetry Association, and a member of the British Columbia Cowboy Heritage Society. My newest challenge is to learn to play the guitar.

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Dave Grumpy Dance
Dave (Grumpy) Dance
Olds, Alberta
Phone: 403 507 4407
Cell: 780 806 1440
Email: grumpy_dance@hotmail.com

Product
Book - Random Ramblings of a Grumpy Old Reprobate view


 


Alison Demeter - Singer / Songwriter
Calgary based singer/songwriter Alison Demeter has an honest, genuine presence on stage. While performing she is passionate about offering her gifts of a strong, clear voice and her song writing as a vehicle to tell stories that celebrate the lives of ordinary people. With the addition of traditional/western songs, Alison provides audiences with an engaging, interactive experience.

At a very young age Alison was introduced to the music of Wilf Carter, Hank Williams, Gene Autry and Johnny Cash but it was in her teens, listening to her father rehearse with his old-time country and western band (Park Rayfuse and the Happylanders) that she began pursuing music.

In early 2007, thirty-some years later, Alison discovered Cowboy Poetry. She was looking for festivals to perform at and came across "The Gathering" in Pincher Creek. She thought it looked interesting so she called up the number on the screen and asked if she could perform. At one point in the conversation the woman she was talking to said, "You don't know what cowboy poetry is do you?" She replied, "Not a clue."

Well, Alison did perform in 2007 and again in 2008. As a result she has been invited to perform in Montana, Indus, Glenwood, Pincher Creek and Stavely. And what she has found is that audiences are as thrilled to join with her in singing the traditional and original songs she performs as she is to perform them! For her, it is like coming home.

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Alison Demeter
Alison Demeter
Calgary, Alberta
Phone: 403-640-2854
URL: www.songs-we-remember.com
Email: alison.demeter@songs-we-remember.com


 


Fred Dobirstein - Singer / Songwriter
Fred and his wife Shirley live on an acreage East of Lacombe, riding and packing horses in the Mountains, singing around the campfire. Cowboy friends inspired many of the songs Fred wrote. Fred has released four albums. In 1998 - Swamp Spruce and Sleepless Nights, 2001 - Saddle Dreamin, 2007 - Dancing On The Wind, and in 2010 - Man On The Horse. All of these albums are Produced by Ben Crane and feature his musical talents as well as those of other prominent Alberta musicians.

In 1995 Fred retired as the Deputy Chief from the Lacombe Police Service and started to write songs about the West country and Alberta HIstory. Fred and Shirley entertain at Cowboy Church, Kamloops Cowboy Festival in 2009, Daines Country Music Picnic and many private functions. His songs have received air-play on "Spirit of The West", "Made In Alberta" and Country Radio from High River, Olds, etc.

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photo by Jerry Stainer
Fred Dobirstein

Fred Dobirstein
Lacombe, Alberta
Phone: 403-782-2198
Email: fsdobi@telus.net


 


Lloyd Dolen - Singer / Songwriter
Lloyd Dolen is a third generation "Cowboy" entertainer. He is the grandson of the late Cowboy Poet Lloyd Patrick Dolen. His love for the "Cowboy Way" shows in the traditional and contemporary cowboy songs he sings and the way he lives his life. Lloyd and his wife Angela own and operate Creekside Cattle Co. near of Alder Flats, Alberta where they raise registered Texas Longhorn and commercial cattle. Lloyd's songs draw the listener into a vision of the cowboy world. Lloyd is a member of the Alberta Cowboy Poetry Association, The Western Music Association and The Academy of Western Artists.

Product
CD - Songs Of Sweat and Leather view

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Lloyd Dolen
Lloyd Dolen
Alder Flats, Alberta
Phone: 780-388-0042
Cell Phone: 403-502-3410
Email: ldolen@cciwireless.ca


 


Doll Sisters - Musicians / Singer / Songwriter
The Doll Sisters are a young Celtic Americana duo who captivate audiences with their haunting harmonies, beautiful instrumentation and stellar songwriting. They started out singing in the little log church built in 1926 near their families' farm, and have now developed into multi-instrumentalists and fierce songwriters. On guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin and bodhran (Celtic frame drum), Jenna and Shelby's musical stylings do not disappoint. Receiving rave reviews and radio airplay, the girls' album 'The Road' was their debut into songwriting, and that album has brought a lot of great things their way. Just a few of them are:

**NOMINEES - 2011 CANADIAN FOLK MUSIC AWARDS for 'Young Performer of the Year' in Toronto, Canada
**Opening act for RICK MERCER OF 'THE MERCER REPORT' - 2013 Keyano Theatre - Ft. McMurray
**PRE-SHOW for CELTIC CROSSROADS at JACK SINGER CONCERT HALL - BD&P World Music Series
**RECIPIENTS OF RAWLCO RADIO & UP 97.7 FM RECORDING GRANT
**CHOSEN TO SHOWCASE AS YOUNG ALBERTANS - 2012 Alberta Arts Touring Alliance in Ft. Saskatchewan

The girls are now finishing up their second album recording due to be released the summer of 2013. The album is full of The Doll Sisters original songs written in their signature style. They will be touring with the album later in 2013, so keep watch on their website and Facebook pages to see when they're coming to a town near you!

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Doll Sisters
Doll Sisters
Phone: 403-896-9705
URL: www.dollsisters.com
Email: dollsisters@yahoo.ca

Product
CD - The Road view
EP - with two original tunes


 


Miriam Dreher - Singer / Yodeller
Miriam brings together a very special kind of music, especially with her Swiss and western yodels. She has built a reputation over several years with her stunning yodelling, beautiful melodic voice and warm, heartfelt & intense performances. Her repertoire spans from old traditional country, bluegrass, gospel and more. She has won 16 music awards in the past few years including a lifetime achievement award and has been the recipient of three international and four Canadian awards for yodeller. Miriam has achieved the success to a Platinum which is equivalent of a gold medal. The House of Commons in Ottawa has presented her with a beautiful prestigious award for her accomplishment in the music industry. She has performances in various provinces across Canada and the US and did a special performance for Council General of Switzerland. She entertains at Cowboy Gatherings, rodeos women's shows, churches, weddings, anniversaries and more. Miriam has opened shows for professional artists like Gary Fjellgaard, George Hamilton IV, Baxter Black, Jack Jackson, and more. She is the founder and producer of the annual Yodelfest concert in Airdrie Alberta with sell out crowds. On January 2013 Miriam was presented by the Governor General of Alberta, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal. She is the Executive Producer of the annual Yodelfest in Airdrie, Alberta, with every year a sell out crowd.

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Miriam Dreher
Miriam Dreher
Aidrie, Alberta
Phone: 403-948-1961
Email: yodelgirl@telus.net

Product
CD - Yodels of the Prairie view
CD - Yodels of Sunshine view
CD - Yodels of Love view
CD - Yodels of Blessings view
CD - Yodels of Christmas view
CD - Yodels of the Mountains (newest)


 


Mike Dygert - Bass player / Soundman
If there a need for a Bass player, Mike will step forward to play.

Mike Dygert is a bass player, guitar player, and sound guy. He has a dry wit that will leave you wondering "where'd he come from" and "how'd he get there"?

Mike is perhaps best known for his association with the Calgary Stampede mobile stages - which have been a fixture at several cowboy festivals including the Pincher Creek Gathering, the Stony Plain festival and the O'Keefe Ranch in BC. Although newly retired, In addition to being the guy who dispatched the stages, he was a Driver, a Sound Technician, and often a Musician on the stages. He is a member of The Gordie West Band ( ... and in fact when they play as a duo, Mike IS the band!) and a member of Hugh McLennans Western Spirit Band. At cowboy gatherings, Mike often plays bass for anyone and everyone who asks!

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Mike Dygert
Mike Dygert
Three Hills, Alberta
Phone: 403-443-7423
Cell: 403-443-9569 URL: www.gordiewestband.com
Email: mdygert@telus.net


 


Bud Edgar - Comedian / Story Teller / Poet

The Edgar's own a Cattle Brand that goes back to 1882. Bud played Cowboy as a kid and wanted to be one when he grew up, well he never grew up, but he still plays Cowboy. Bud moved to Calgary when his parents separated. He has studied and taught at United States Clown and Variety Arts schools. From those and other life experiences, plus lots of spit and polish, he has developed a Comedy Cowboy show. Being "Almost Famous" since 1983, he has performed from a theme Park in Dubai to annually at the Calgary Stampede, Calgary's Heritage Park and Edmonton's Farm Fair / the Canadian Finals Rodeo, with many stops between, always making a lot of people laugh. He was even invited to perform his poem about Roy Rogers at an event during the 2011 Canadiain Finals Rodeo on what would have been Roy's 100th birthday. This poem has now been turned into a song. Bud's Bunkhouse has also been heard on Calgary's Classic Country AM 1060. A one of a kind act; dressed like an Old Time Silver Screen Cowboy, Bud's show is a mix of skill and comedy, like trick roping, poetry, spur juggling, a funny fiddle, and western humor. He is available for atmospheric trick roping as well as stage and strolling shows, plus hands on activities and photo opportunities. He was recently featured on Hugh McLennan's "Spirit of the West". Bud has performed for all ages at a lot of different venues, and for lots of folks that wanted some good clean western fun at a reasonable price. His motto is THIS BUD'S FOR…EVERYONE.

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Bud Edgar
Bud Edgar
Calgary, Alberta
Phone: 403-282-0361
URL: www.comedycowboy.com
Email: BudEdgar@shaw.ca

"Bud is a True Entertainer in the Style of Will Rogers" Brooks Public Library

Click here for a 2 minute intro video


 


Charlie Ewing - Singer / Songwriter
Charlie Ewing has been playing cowboy songs since learning to play ukulele and guitar when he was 11 years old. The first song he can remember hearing his Dad play was Little Joe the Wrangler. Since then he spent years learning new styles and new songs from many genres but keeps coming back to Cowboy and folk ballads. He started writing his own songs in the eighties and learning to perform them on stage at festivals, Gatherings and parties around the country. Some of his many influences include Ian Tyson and Gordon Lightfoot, Doc Watson and Norman Blake and newer generation players like Tim Obrien and Tom Russell. Any song with a western or historical topic catches his ear and he strives to write songs about rural life , big country and western history. He has recorded two CDs of his own material and can be heard performing them with a bluegrass style band, or with a single sideman or as a solo act accompanying himself on guitar, mandolin or claw hammer banjo. He lives on his ranch in the Porcupine Hills of south western Alberta. CDs can be purchased through his website at www.charlieewing.com.

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Charlie Ewing

Charlie Ewing
Claresholm, Alberta
Phone: 403-625-2157
URL: www.charlieewing.com
Email: cewing@telusplanet.net

Product
CD - Cowboy Ways view


 


Gary Fjellgaard - Singer / Songwriter
Raised on the farm on the Canadian prairies this award winning singer/songwriter is a champion of vanishing values and the frontier spirit. His western heritage, cattle drives, wagon treks, and working folks with ties to the land have all been an inspiration for the lyrical imagery in his songs. In 2005 this Juno Award winner was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. Gary still tours extensively and looks back on a rewarding career and gratefully acknowledges the hundreds of town and cities and thousands of listeners who have been touched by his music. With his finger style acoustic guitar, gentle vocals, colorful stories, Gary takes his western roots music to the people with a rare sincerity. Gary and his wife Lynne make their home on Canada's west coast. His lifelong love for Lynne, their four daughters and their many grandchildren is lovingly illustrated in many of his songs.

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Product - These are a few of Gary's many CDs:

The Collection: Solo Accoustic
All in the Journey
Secret Santa
Caragana Wind
Grande OldeRide

The Best of Gary Fjellgaard
Under Western Skies
Believe In Forever
Heart of a Dream
Ballads & Beer


Gary Fjellgaard
Gary Fjellgaard
British Columbia
URL: www.fjellgaard.bc.ca
Email: gary@fjellgaard.bc.ca

All of Gary's many CDs
are available on his web site.
www.fjellgaard.bc.ca


 


Buddy Gale - Cowboy Poet / Songwriter
Buddy was born in Buck Lake Alberta in an environment in the hard economic times during the 30's. Working long days wasn't a choice of want to, or don't want to, you had to! Since then the cowboy habitat has gone from 20 acres per horse to 20 horses per acre. Buddy says, "I'd like to keep the 20 acres per horse in my poems and songs". Buddy was 12 years old when he and a pal jumped a freight car out of Winfield Alberta, riding through Lacombe and Calgary to the famous ranches of southern Alberta. Buddy would recall those Cowboy days many years later in poems. On one of his last days of his Cowboy career, Buddy scored a 90 point ride when icy water splashed the belly of his horse. In 1948 he took to trucking, later logging, and then pipelining, but he never forgot the details of life as a Cowboy, and in fact, remained a keen observer of the Cowboy lifestyle. Buddy wrote his first poems nearly 20 years ago after reading stories and reviews on Cowboy Poetry. Almost 100 of his 400 plus poems have been put to music by a score of artists who recognize that their authenticity and accuracy are critical in preserving the Cowboy and the Cowboy Way.


Buddy Gale
Email: budgale@gmail.com

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Photo by Donna Smith
Buddy Gale

Product
CD - Songs of the West view
CD - Fame, a Tough Bronc Ride view
CD - The Disappearing West view
CD - Buddy Gale, Riding With Tom Hogarth view
CD - The Way it Was view


 


Ron Gale - Cowboy Poet
Rancher, cowboy poet, horse trainer, dog trainer and a sorry excuse for an artist. Ron was born close to Airdrie Alberta and spent his early years on a farm north of Cremona. His family moved to Calgary in the mid forties and after one season in grade seven, he got bucked off a horse dislocating his hip and never went back to formal school. He then worked for a logging camp and then ranches throughout Alberta. He joined the army in 1950, went to Korea, did some rodeoing on time off and took his discharge in 1956. He bought a ranch at Minburn, moved to Sundance in '63 and from there to Midnapore where he and his brother had the Double R Ranch. From there he moved to Evansburg, then back to Airdrie where he ran Vic Watson's purebred Charolais outfit. Then he went back to Evansburg/Wildwood area before returning to seriously training horses, but this time in indoor arenas at East Coulee and finally to Alta Bar Ranch at Sundre. At this time him and his wife Olwyn bought a quarter section in the Bergen area where they settled raising cattle, sheep and North American Curly horses. Since the BSE busted them they now have just the horses. They also, have done and still do, raise Border Collie stock dogs.

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Ron Gale


Ron Gale
Email: mview@telusplanet.net
URL: www.ron-gale.com


 


Ol' Ugly / John Glawson - Comedic Storyteller

From the first day he saw Red Skelton on TV Ol' Ugly has embraced him as a hero. Other heroes such as Jerry Clowers, Charlie Douglass and Wendy Bagwell have helped Ol' Ugly to shape his act into the barnyard clean and hilarious act it is today.

“Those comedic storytellers knew how to respect an audience,” Ol' Ugly says. “That's the kind of entertainer I want to emulate. They knew how to make people laugh without resorting to swearing. They were truly funny because they were self-deprecating funny. They didn't use their audiences to get a laugh; they used themselves. That made their audiences feel comfortable and to enjoy their time with the comedian. That is my goal.”

His clean, hilarious stories about his older brother, Blue, his eighty-six year old, Aunt Tilley, and her boyfriend, Creaky Olson has earned Ol' Ugly the reputation, throughout Western Canada and the Northern USA, as 'One of Canada's Funniest Storytellers.'

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John Glawson

How to contact:
Larger functions such as Grand Openings, Conferences, Conventions and Corporation functions should contact Ol' Ugly through Giggles Comedy Agency at toll free 1-888-818-3900 (Calgary 1-587-316-0545).
Seniors functions, House concerts, Cowboy Gatherings and smaller venues can still reach Ol' Ugly at bizwiz1@telus.net


 


Frank Gleeson - Poet / Humourist / Singer / Songwriter

Fastest and Funniest Cowboy Poet in the West!

Frank has entertained far and wide on both sides of the 49th parallel. He was declared official poet of Williams Lake by the city council in 2003. He was nominated for the male cowboy poet of the year for the Will Rogers Award at the Academy of Western Artists on several occasions and in the top five in 2003. He is known as the fastest, funnies cowboy poet in the west. Frank has entertained many dignitaries, too; mayors, councils, the Lieutenant Governor of BC, the Premier of BC, and numerous others. His songs and poems have been played on radio and television throughout Canada, United States and Europe. He has been a feature entertainer many times at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada and the Kamloops Cowboy Festival. Frank was inducted into the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame in March 2010. His four CDs and five books of poetry are all his original material.

Frank Gleeson
Williams Lake, BC
Phone: 250-989-5589

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Frank Gleeson

Product
CD - Old Memories, New Friends view
CD - Friendly Folks and Old Cowpokes view
CD - from the Hills of BC view
Tape - Springtime in the Cariboo view
Books - Frank has three books view


 


Jim Green - Poet / Story Teller

Jim Green is a celebrated storyteller, poet, writer, broadcaster, and entertainer who's been living in the Northwest Territories for over forty years. He's a gyrating old counter-culture buzzard with a keen wit, sharp tongue, twinkling eye, and an infectious sense of wonder at this life. A jack-of-all-trades, he's an adventurer, searcher, survivor and consummate bullshooter. He grew up in the cattle country of Pincher Creek and is presently moving into a log house he and his partner Juneva had built over to Twin Butte. Jim has performed his own material in every province and territory of the country.

Jim Green
Northwest Territories

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Jim Green


Jim Hamilton - Cowboy Poet

Lifetime rancher on the east slope of the Wolf Mountains in southeast Montana. Married to Marge for a long time. Three grown children, a son, Mike, with us on the ranch, and two daughters, successful in their own endeavor’s, but take an interest in the ranch and come and help when possible. We do our work horse back and try to preserve the old cowboy ways. My poetry is about what I know, ranching and the cowboy way of life. I strive for authenticity and am highly flattered if a real cowboy or rancher tells me, “I could sure see that happening when you told about it.” Most of my poetry is humorous, but I have several serious ones that I like to do in the right setting.
I have written and recited poetry for thirty years or more. Performed in many venues throughout Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and for the last ten or so years, at several gatherings in Alberta and Saskatchewan. In April, 2016, I won first place in the poetry division in the Cowboy Idol competition at the Columbia River Cowboy Gathering in Kennewick, WA.

I have recorded three CD’s and am currently starting to work on another.

Product
CD - The View From the Head of the Creek
CD - The Way it Really Is
CD - Thinkin' About Life

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Jim Hamilton
Jim Hamilton
Decker, Montana
406-757-2215
Email: LazyT3@rangeweb.net


 


Sue Harris - Singer
When Sue Harris first arrived in Alberta in 2006, to perform at the Stony Plain Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival, she truly felt like she had "come home". Since then, she has come back to Alberta numerous times, and with each visit, the circle of friends and fellow musicians grows larger. Over the past few years, she has been honored to perform with a number of Canada's finest musicians. Raised in Arizona, she "has a masterful touch with 'true western music'. She conveys the feeling of what this music is supposed to be about - wide open spaces, a type of life style and a particular type humor indigenous to the west". (Mark Bridge, PhD, Lone Hand Western). When not in Canada, Sue tours the western United States, performing at festivals, concerts and schools; and has been honored as a nominee for the Arizona Culturekeepers Award. She has released two CD's, both of which have enjoyed international airplay. Her recording of Dean Cook's song "Where Do You Go When There's No Place to Go" was selected for inclusion on the Smithsonian Folkways label compilation CD "Songs and Stories from Grand Canyon", released in May 2005. Most of all, Sue enjoys the heck out of entertaining audiences who love melodies, stories, and laughing.

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Sue Harris
Sue Harris
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Email: quailsister@yahoo.com

Product
CD - Tall Tails and Treasures view


 


Dale "Doc" Hayes - Cowboy Poet
Happily retired now, "Doc" Hayes was a professor at a public university in Manitoba, Canada. He also ran a small grazing operation of cattle in the bush near Nesbitt, Manitoba. With more time to focus on his poetry and writing, "Doc" continues to travel to different gatherings and poetry festivals around North America. Way back when, he tried rodeoing for a while but a blindbucker convinced him he was a school teacher and since then his focus has been on studying and recording tales of the cowboy way. He came by his love of western storytelling and cowboy poetry as a result of sitting in on bunk house bull sessions in Northern Arizona back in the late '40s. For over forty years he has collected cowboy stories and remembrances of Canadian and American cowboys that often serve as a basis for his poetry. He has had several books of poetry published and two CDs made up of his own original poetry. "Doc" Hayes has spoken at over 400 educational and organizational training and motivational meetings. He has been featured at many of the major western gatherings in both Canada and the United States. "Doc" is the producer and host of the Brandon Cowboy Poetry Gathering and the Canadian Cowboy Christmas. He has been featured on both regional and national television shows on Cowboy Poetry. He is a member of the Academy of American Poets and the Academy of Western Artists.

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Dale
Dale "Doc" Hayes
Brandon, Manitoba
Phone 204-725-2215
URL: www.dochayes.org
Email: dochayes@wcgwave.ca

Product
CD - Conversations With an Old Horse view
CD - Two Great Countries ~ One Great Cowboy Culture view


 


Perry Jacobson - Singer & Cowboy Poet
Perry was a working cowboy for the first half of his life before joining the Warden Service where he retired as Chief Park Warden of Banff National Park in 2000. Prior to joining the Warden Service Perry ranched with his Parents near Medicine Hat and Millarville, Alberta. He also spent many years of his misspent youth as a rodeo cowboy. Perry's love, respect, and knowledge of the cowboy life is captured in the writing and performing of his poetry and songs. His work strives to maintain the rich culture and tradition of the western way of life.

His compositions, whether its song or poetry, are a reflection of his experience in ranching, rodeo, and working in the pristine wilderness areas of our National Parks.

Perry was the lead singer of the band Latigo from 2000 to 2008. The band traveled extensively in the Prairie Provinces plus a tour to Canada's East Coast in 2006 and Arizona in the spring of 2008. Latigo produced two CDs; Kansas In The Fall and The Drifter.

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Perry Jacobson
Perry Jacobson
High River, Alberta
Phone: 403-649-2701
Email: pcjacobson@shaw.ca

Perry is a Past President of the Alberta Cowboy Poetry Association.


 


Diamond Doug Keith - Poet, Humorist and Cartoonist
From the 'Red River Valley' comes " Diamond Doug Keith", Cowboy Poet, Cowboy Cartoonist, Humorist and Western Painter. Doug is able to capture his unique comedic take on everyday cowboy life through poem, art and stories. The cowboy life is the life that he still lives today. He is a feature performer at Cowboy Gatherings across North America and has been named Manitoba Cowboy Poet of the Year. Doug's poetry paints a picture in your mind as he weaves his tales that will make you want to saddle up, laugh or cry. What makes them special is they are all wrote from the heart ... uh ... and a good pen! Doug is also a sought after artist and painter. He was commissioned to produce the official portrait of "Skoal's Airwolf", the three-time world champion buckin' horse, upon its retirement. Doug is also a member of Cowboy Cartoonists International consisting of some of the top Cowboy Cartoonists in the World. Leanin' Tree Greeting Cards is where he produces comedic cowboy-toon cards allowing his humor and art to meet. Doug shows his art every year at the NFR in Las Vegas. He was also commissioned to do the 50th Anniversary Painting for the Manitoba Stampede. Doug has been featured in several Nationally broadcast documentaries. Including a feature on the two hour CBC Calgary Stampede Sunday Finals national broadcast. He is a published poet and artist. The JUNOS even called, where Doug was the MC for the JUNOFEST Country Showcase. Look for Doug on a stage, in a saddle or around a fire near you.

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Diamond Doug Keith
Diamond Doug Keith
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Phone: 204-691-0878
URL: www.diamonddougkeith.com
Email: ddoug@mts.net

The Diamond graduated as a Lay Minister in order to further his knowledge as a Cowboy Preacher for Cowboy Church. Something he enjoys and loves.

Doug Keith is a very proud former board member of the ACPA.


 


Hugh Kelly - Western Singer-Musician
Hugh's first stage appearance was at the age of 3-1/2 years, when he started performing at different functions with his mother. At the age of 10 together they won a prize in the Darling Furriers amateur contest on CKRD radio station in Red Deer, Alberta. Because of a farm accident at the age of 12, he missed a complete year of school and out of boredom he learned to play the guitar. As a result Hugh's hobby and love of music and singing has brought him to be well known in Central Alberta, with him entertaining and thrilling many people with his strong melodic baritone voice and his musical abilities. He also has a good variety of musical instruments, although the guitar is his favorite. Hugh has written several songs and also has produced 4 CDs of his music and songs:
Songs of My Childhood
A Long Time Coming (a source of pride with oldest daughter Rhonda)
Sunshine Gospel
Cowboy Classics.

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Hugh Kelly
Hugh Kelly
Lacombe, Alberta
Phone: 403-782-5021
Email: hkelly5@telus.net


 


Larry Krause - Singer / Songwriter
Over the past years, performances and concerts have found Larry Krause across Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta and into BC, playing the traditional, roots style of Western, Cowboy and Country Gospel music that keeps folks coming back for more. This performer, from Paddockwood, Sask., has been a headliner for Grandstand shows, performed on the mainstage at major Country Music Festivals, played for international trade shows, been featured on television specials, entertained around the fire after a long Cowboy day, and just about everything in between. Repeat invitations to be a Feature Artist at major Cowboy Poetry Gatherings, Western Music Festivals all across Western Canada, Community Hall Concerts, as well as the Calgary Stampede, speak very well of the following his prairie based original music has developed. Larry has released three albums; "True Blue", a Western album, "The Gate is open", an SCMA Award winning Country Gospel album, and his most recent release, "Northern Range" that hit the ground in the summer of 2010, to very favorable reviews on both sides of the border. Country radio across Western Canada, Europe, Australia and the USA, regularly plays songs from his CDs. His down to earth, standup performance style and solid vocal delivery combined with his ability to bring the story in the music to life, make for a memorable and enjoyable entertainment experience.

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Larry Krause
Larry Krause
Christopher Lake, Saskatchewan
Phone: 306-989-4696
URL: www.larrykrause.ca
Email: gandlkrause@sasktel.net

Product
CD - The Gate Is Open view
CD - True Blue view
CD - Northern Range view


 


Jackson Mackenzie - Singer / Songwriter / Musicain / Poet
Born in Matsqui, British Columbia, Jackson was the second of four children. Raised in Cariboo country, central BC, during his early years, he was well acquainted with the Williams Lake Stampede. While collecting empty beer bottles around the rodeo grounds he would hear the sounds of guest artists as they sang their country songs from the stampede stage. Jackson was hooked on the cowboy style and the music that went with it. Fast forward to 1998. Jackson was confined to home after surgery on a broken knee cap. He says his life has never been the same - and all for the better! While sitting around, he dragged out an old guitar - he now had plenty of time on his hands. Then he remembered a promise made, a debt unpaid. Jackson then volunteered to sing for anyone who was unable to get out and about. Then he met Jessi Jo Charles and things changed dramatically. Jackson and Jessi were soon singing duets and performing 15 to 20 times/month. Although the Jac & Jessi duo is no longer active, Jackson continues to be available to you for events. Jackson solos or teams up with Kayla Patrick & Bob Glidden, and other friends who play and/or sing. He was a feature performer on the 2006 and 2009 Alberta Men of Country Music show. He has since appeared with North American fiddle champion Calvin Vollrath and band, and continues to take bookings with them.

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Jackson Mackenzie
Jackson Mackenzie
Vilna, Alberta
Phone: 780-260-0222
URL: www.remembermyshow.com
Email: jac.mackenzie.shaw@gmail.com


 


Hugh McLennan - Poet / Singer / Speaker / Emcee

The voice of the award winning "Spirit of the West" radio program, heard on stations in the US and Canada and around the world on the internet. This program has been honored with awards from Texas to Toronto. Hugh's other talent is delivering keynote addresses and inspirational messages to audiences all over North America. He tailors every presentation to reach the concerns of his audiences. A real working rancher, his knowledge of the cattle industry and his skill with horses have added to his understanding of life and it's challenges. Hugh is also known as the voice of the Trainers Challenge at the Mane Event and for his Entertainment on Horse Back - like Cowboy Church. No matter what the function you can bet that Hugh has the diversification to suit. He plays guitar, sings cowboy songs, does cowboy poetry, and is a great event emcee. He has been the MC for the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame induction ceremony since its inception. You can see the numerous awards Hugh has received by going to his web site. A new music CD, The Creak of the Leather, was realeased in January, 2011.

Product
CD - The Creak of the Leather view
CD - Cowboy Reflections view
CD - The Best of the Spirit of the West view
Book - Ways of the West, Working Ranch Horse Series view

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Photo by Jerry Stainer
Hugh McLennan
Hugh McLennan
Pinantan Lake, BC
Phone: 250-573-5731
URL: www.hugh-mclennan.com
Email: hugh_mclennan@telus.net


 


Nora Maidman - Singer / Songwriter
I was born in Edmonton but grew up in Calgary. I lived most of my adult life in the Dalemead/Carseland area east of Calgary. I have a BSc in Environmental Biology from the U of C and an Animal Health Technology diploma from Olds College. I worked in Veterinary Clinics for 17 years.
My parents had a farm and rural small town Alberta background. For 20 years I lived on a farm with a cow-calf operation and I was always ready to help, especially with calving.

My passions have always been horses and music and they still are! I have spent much time trail riding in the mountains and competing in horse shows. I met my husband, Rick, while singing and playing guitar by the campfire at an equestrian trail ride camp. He also shares the love of horses and music. 
Although I have written some poems, I really enjoy singing story songs. I have recorded one CD of my original songs and hope to do another soon. My main instrument has become the mandolin but I also play flute, fiddle, Celtic harp, dobro and bass.

I have been on numerous Executive Boards for various organizations and I look forward to my new position as Secretary of the Alberta Cowboy Poetry Association..

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Nora Maidman
Nora Maidman
Dalemead Alberta
Phone: 403-934-3101
URL: www.harmonyhounds.ca
Email: noramaidman@yahoo.ca

Product
CD - Harmony Hounds Through The Trees view


 


Richard Martin - Singer Songwriter
Richard Martin is an award winning singer/songwriter from Northern New Mexico. He grew up working the ranches of Eastern New Mexico. This gave him, and his brother Glenn who co-writes with him, an honest perspective of cowboy life and ways that come out in their songs and music.

Richard has recorded three CDs; "Bringing Water to the Land", "Morning Coffee", and "Fall Roundup". He has performed at multiple venues including; live interviews on several NPR radio stations, multiple Cowboy Gatherings in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Washington, and Canada, the Western Music Association National Show, and the New Mexico Music Awards Show where he has been a ten time finalist and won an award. His third CD "Morning Coffee" was a finalist for album of the year at the Western Music Association annual awards show in Albuquerque in November 2011. His music has been reviewed in Western Way, American Cowboy, and the New Mexico magazines as well as www.CowboyPoetry.com.

Richard is available to perform and may be contacted through his web site, email, or by phone. His CDs are available through the web site or at CD Baby.com, Amazon.com, and iTunes. All songs may be heard: www.reverbnation.com/richardmartinmusic.

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Richard Martin
Richard Martin
somewhere
Phone: 505-852-2117
URL: www.richardmartinmusic.com
Email: ande88ande@gmail.com


 


Mag Mawhinney - Cowboy Poet
Mag is an award-winning, western roots poet who was named the 2012 Cowgirl Poet of the Year for the Will Rogers Awards, sponsored by the Academy of Western Artists. More recently, she was nominated TOP FIVE for 2014 and 2015 Western Music Assn. Award of Excellence for Cowgirl Poet of the Year. She has been a featured performer at every major cowboy festival and other events in Western Canada and into the US. Her recitations have also been aired on TV and radio. Her passion for writing extends to freelancing and she’s been published internationally in numerous magazines, anthologies, newspapers and web sites. In recent years, Mag has turned her hand to songwriting and her fourth poetry book, “Western Spirit”, won the 2013 Cowboy Poetry Book of the Year from the Western Music Assn. It contains poems, songs, photos and a 13- track music CD in which eight musicians from Canada and the U.S. sing the melodies they’ve composed for her lyrics. Mag resides on Vancouver Island.

Mag has been a past recipient of the CowboyPoetry.com Lariat Laureate Award.

You can hear sound samples on Mag's web site.

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Photo by Jerry Stainer Mag Mawhinney
Mag Mawhinney
Cobble Hill, BC
Phone: 250-743-4431
URL: www.magmawhinney.com
Email: mvmawhinney@shaw.ca

Product
CD - Passin' It On view
Book - Dreams of Fast Horses view
Book / CD - Western Spirit view


 


Richard Mousseau, AKA - Cheeks-Too-Soft
Cowboy Poet, Author, Musician-Songwriter

The West has their cowboys, and so does the East, Richard's alter ego, Cheeks has just not, 'moved West young man,'. Sliding down the aging side of a manure pile, Richard minds a small farm and a menagerie of farm livestock from cows to fifty head of free range future marinated tender turkey steaks. How does an Eastern Cowboy live the cowboy life of the Canadian Western lore, well he must have lived a past cowboy life and now writes about the sod busters, ranchers, cattle drives and the many adventures of fellow bunk house trail hands, Just-The-Cook, Sourdough, Old Bones, Ole Fool, Tenderfoot and the ladies of the West that keep their man tethered. From Cowboy poetry to western novels, radio and theatre plays, not to mention facts and quotes that define the Cowboy mystique. Richard writes through the character of Cheeks-Too-Soft and the cowboy/cowgirl in all of us. Willing to bring an Easterner's humourous talent West, Richard presents the poetry, writings and humour of Mr. Cheek-Too-Soft, interested folks just need to invite.

Product
Book - Cowboy Poetry For Sale view
Book - Mr cheeks Too Soft view
Book - Just the Cooks Trailside Gormet Cooking view
Book - Badland Trails view

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Richard Mousseau

Richard Mousseau
Moose Hide Books
Prince Twp., Ontario
Phone / Fax: 705-779-3331
URL: www.moosehidebooks.com
Email: mooseenterprises@on.aibn.com


 



Linda Nadon - Cowboy Poet / Singer
Linda and her husband, Larry, own and operate the N7 Ranch, a commercial cow-calf operation located near Meadow Lake. Larry and Linda's two children, Lacey and Landon, both attend the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. Landon rides bareback broncs with the U of S College Rodeo Team.

Linda's poems are the "real deal." She writes about her experiences on the ranch, often adding a humorous twist and perhaps a bit of embellishment. Linda is a veterinary tech and has a deep love for animals and for Nature. She is passionate about horses and much of the ranch work is done on horseback. Linda is dang proud of their string of ranch horses and has always made sure the family was well-mounted.

Linda comes from a family of very talented musicians and she has been singing and playing guitar since she was very young. Linda and the kids have performed at many functions and after including her cowboy poetry in their performances, she was surprised at how popular her poetry became. Linda performed at the Maple Creek Cowboy Poetry Gathering in 2012 and she and her daughter, Lacey, both performed in Maple Creek in 2013.

Product
Book - Pickin' an' Choosin' view

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Linda Nadon

Linda Nadon
Meadow Lake, SK
306-236-6790
Email: l.lnadon@hotmail.com


Vivia Oliver - Cowboy Poet
Vivia is a retired farm women, a great grandmother, and has been widowed many years. She lives on a farm in west central Alberta and raises miniature horses for a hobby. Vivia has lived near here all her life and has done many different rural activities, such as worked in the lumber industry, milked cows, trained horses, drove tractors, and all forms of farm chores. She started writing about 20 years ago, but she has also been an artist, and loves to travel. She also plays dobro and sings on occasion. Vivia started writing poetry about 6 years ago and has written a few songs as well. She has performed in many areas of Alberta, Saskachewan, BC, and Montana. She also belongs to the Writers' Guild of Alberta, and has self published a poetry book in 2008, titled "Verses by Vivia."

Vivia Oliver
Caroline, Alberta
Phone: 403-722-2488
Email: smile.oliver401@gmail.com

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Photo by Evelyn Thompson
Vivia Oliver

Product
Book - The Second Go 'Round view


 


Al Owchar - Singer / Songwriter
Al Owchar is a singer, songwriter, musician, cowboy poet and luthier. He was born in Drumheller, grew up on a farm near Rocky Mountain House and currently resides in Calgary. While living on the farm he taught himself to play the guitar and harmonica and to sing and compose songs. Later in Calgary, Al continued to expand his musical interests by taking lessons on guitar, bass, banjo, accordion, mandolin and fiddle. He also played in local dance bands. In his early years, Al had the opportunity to play bass for some of the top Grand Ole Opry stars such as George Jones, Merle Travis, Red Foley, Hank Locklin, Slim Whitman and Marvin Rainwater. Today Al is still performing with his current dance band "Rusty Wires" and does singles and duets at cowboy poetry gatherings, corporate functions, seniors lodges and private clubs. He has released four CD's using mostly original material. Al has also recently appeared on two Cowboy Country TV episodes. When Al is not involved with music he is generally repairing or building musical instruments. He is the recipient of the AMOCM Lifetime Achievement Award for 2009.


Al Owchar
Calgary, Alberta
Phone: 403-255-5027
Email: palo@telusplanet.net

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Al Owchar

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CD - From The Prairies To The Pacific view
CD - Wild Fescue Grass view
CD - The Dynamics Old and New view
CD - Come Ride With Me view
CD - Al Owchar view


 


Joyce Pallister - Cowboy Poet / Story Teller
Joyce worked at the Calgary Stockyards during the 1960's for a commission firm buying and selling livestock. It was here she met and married Brand Inspector Hank Pallister. This western way of life took them to Edmonton and then to Stettler for many years. where she operated a health food store before moving to High River. She also managed the gift shop at the Bar U Ranch National Historic Site for four years. After Hank's death in 2005 she compiled his stories of early ranch history into a book entitled "Smoke From The Branding Fire". In 2010 she completed the second book of Hank's writings entitled "Bulls, Brands. and B.S. History and Humor from Alberta's Brand Inspectors. Joyce has also published a small book of cowboy poetry, entitled "Lingo and Lines From a Cowboy's Life and a Cowboy's Wife" containing the artistic illustrations of Don Brestler, Twin Butte, Alberta. Through her western personality and as a humorous impersonation of 'Minnie Pearl' (a Grand Olde Opry favorite) she shares her poems with audiences at fall suppers, musical concerts, cowboy poetry gatherings, cowboy church, at the Stampede as well as ladies events. She has won various awards from the Canadian Country Gospel Music Ass'n. Other awards include Honoree of the Year from the Cowgirl Cattle Company as well as a bronze medal from the International Independent Publisher Book Awards, and as Calgary Stampede Legacy Award Nominee. In 2009 she married Edwin Bronsch, a farmer from the Tilley area, and they presently reside in High River.

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Joyce Pallister


Joyce Pallister
High River, Alberta
Email: joyce.pallister@gmail.com

Product
Books
Smoke From The Branding Fire view
Lingo and Lines view
Bulls, Brands & B.S. view


 


Phyllis Rathwell - Cowboy Poet
Hatched on a hot rock between the Cypress Hills and the Great Sand Hills of Southwestern Saskatchewan, Phyllis has worked around cattle and men all her life. Very recently retired from her school marm habit, she and her hubby, Larry Miller, make their home in the beautiful Cypress Hills at Elkwater, Alberta. Refusing to give in to BSE, drought, grasshoppers, cranky bankers, or common sense, they love the ranching way of life. Her sense of humor and "been there, done that" experience with ranch life delights audiences. She claims to be equally (in)competent at workin' cattle, checkin' pens, fencin', balin', cussin' gates an' ridin' the grub line. Her poetry reflects the reality of living and working with critters, men and kids. Phyllis Rathwell has been a featured poet at many large gatherings on both sides of the 'Medicine Line' (Canada/US border), including Durango Colorado, Lewistown, Chinook and Virginia City in Montana, Pincher Creek, Banff and Stoney Plain in Alberta, as well as Maple Creek,the Moose Jaw Festival of the Word, and Agribition in Saskatchewan. As well, she and Larry have become popular after-dinner entertainment wherever rural folks need a few laughs! Phyllis has been heard on CBC radio, and the syndicated radio program Spirit of the West. As well, her work has been included in several anthologies and newspapers, as well as Canadian Cowboy Country and Pure Country magazines. Her publications include two books, and a new CD (with husband, Larry Miller).

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Phyllis Rathwell


Phyllis Rathwell
Elkwater, Alberta
Phone: 403-893-3004
Email: cowboy.poets@gmail.com

Product
CD - Crossing The Medicine Line
Book - Friends and Neighbors, Tried and True
Book - Range, Riders and Rhymes


 


Mary Resek - Country and Western Singer
With two albums released to date, and a new single release to radio stations overseas, Country and Western singer Mary Resek has taken great strides in building her music career.
Her debut album “Two In The Saddle”, released in 2008, had single releases to both Canadian and European radio, along with placing in the top 10 on the ECMA (European Country Music)charts. Her Second Album “Count Me In” released in 2015, contains several original songs from Canadian, American and Irish song writers alike.
Also a yodeler, Mary loves to entertain when she can at various Cowboy Gatherings throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan and Montana USA.

Her musical influences and country roots run deep and began at the tender age of four, when her family would gather around the Resek house for their Saturday night jams. Her Dad, who also played in country bands, would play guitar, yodel and sing while the rest of the family would harmonize, and join in with several instruments. Plans are currently underway to take her music to the next level with subsequent single releases to radio, a continuing cross Canada tour promoting Alzheimer awareness, and continuing to develop and spread her music and talent where ever she can.

Mary performs on a regular basis entertaining at Legions, seniors lodges, clubs, private functions, festivals, churches and Stampede events.

Highlights:
*
Recipient of the Alberta’s Men and Women of Country Music Lifetime Achievement Award, Hoadley Alberta May 2014
* ACMA nominee for female artist and fan's choice awards 2012-2016.
* Showcases with ACMA - CCMA week, Edmonton 2010
* Showcases at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival and CCMA’s 2009-2012

* Performer at the Maple Creek Saskatchean Cowboy Festival 2012-2014
* Performer at the Chinook Montana USA Cowboy Festival 2015, 2016

* Showcases at the CCMA’s 2012-13
* Performer at the Windows on the West Stage Calgary Stampede (2010-2016)

* Bashaw Festival of Stars 2011/2013
* Radway Festival Stars 2015
* Torrington Country Music Jamboree 2012

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Mary Resek - country singer


Mary Resek
MER Music
Country and Western
Entertainment/Independent Recording Artist/Yodeler
For bookings/info, contact
403 467-5886
www.maryresek.com
www.facebook.com/maryresek
maryresek@hotmail.com


 


Robbie Robertson - Cowboy Poet
The Mountie Cowboy Poet

Robbie Robertson has been associated with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for more than sixty years; an active member for twenty eight years. He writes and recites poetry about the early history of the Force and some of its heroes. He also writes and performs traditional Cowboy Poetry. He was the first member of the force to be given permission to wear the uniform after retirement for other than "State or formal occasions". He wears an 1895 N.W.M.P. period uniform or the current R.C.M.P. dress Red Serge while reciting his Mountie Poetry. However, if it is Traditional Cowboy Poetry you want, he dresses to fit the part. While he is not a "Real Working Cowboy", he has worked cattle in three provinces and two states. He is a member of The R.C.M.P. Veterans Association, an Honorary Member of The Former Texas Rangers Association, a life member and past president of The Alberta Cowboy Poetry Association. He has performed in London England, Texas, Arizona, Montana and numerous Cowboy Poetry Gatherings in Western Canada. He has appeared on National Television and Radio. As a guest lecturer, he performs on Alaska Cruises with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. "The Mountie Cowboy Poet", is available as an after dinner, convention and Regimental Dinner speaker and also joins Perry Jacobson and Bj Smith as one of "The Queen's Cowboys".

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Robbie Robertson

Staff Sergeant WJ Robbie Robertson (Ret'd)
High River, Alberta
Phone: 403-652-5645 Fax 403-652-5680
Email: wjrobbie@telusplanet.net

Product
Video (VHS & DVD)
"Cowboy Poetry - Words to Live By"


 


Hazel Rust - Cowboy Poet

Known as the Grandmother Poet

Hazel Rust comes from the rural area north of Ponoka, Alberta where she and her husband raise mules. Hazel has been interested in reading, writing and reciting poetry for as long as she can remember. Since she is now a grandmother, that is quite a long time, but it is only in the past three years that she has been sharing her skills as a poet and performer with the public. Her first idea was simply to put her poetry on a CD to give to her grandchildren for Christmas presents. Soon she needed to have more CDs because friends wanted them too. Her popularity grew and now she is invited to perform at many events. Hazel's poetry reflects the rest of life besides that of the traditional cowboy and his horse. She tells about the gopher eating the garden, the problems with the computer, and life in the good old days. Her poetry is a delightfully humorous look at life written in the cowboy poetry style, and at the same time reflects her basic belief in God and family. Hazel has performed at the Willow Creek Cowboy Gathering, Maple Creek, Trail's End Gathering, Feedlot Alley Gathering, and the Kamloops Cowboy Festival. You will thoroughly enjoy Hazel's wit and humour.

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Hazel Rust
Hazel Rust
Ponoka, Alberta
Phone: 403-783-5197

Product
CD - The Best of Just Me view


 


Christine Schauer - Musician

Music has always been an important part of Christine's life. Raised on the family farm west of Millet, Alberta, she grew up milking cows to CFCW's country and western music playing on the radio. As a young adult she learned a few chords on an old farm auction guitar and started writing poetry with tunes. Harnessing her love for the Creator with a lifelong love of all things equine has been the major influences on her selections vocally, vocationally and vacationally ... She is an Equine Canada Certified Western Riding Coach and Equine Assisted Learning Specialist, caretaker of two gift horses and was rescued by a little border collie cross named Teddy.


Christine Schauer
Millet, Alberta
Phone: 403-559-7128
Email: tripleCequine@yahoo.ca

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Christine Schauer


 



Alice Sinclair Singer / Musician

Alice has been singing and playing guitar since she was 10 years old. She covers a wide variety of artists in country music. She also yodels and sings songs in various languages. She has written many original songs and has compiled 2 CDs; one called "Ribbons n' Rings" and the other "My Heroes Have Always been Soldiers". "My Heroes" CD is unique because all songs are written, composed and performed by a Canadian for Canadians and about Canadians. Singing and playing gigs for many years around Alberta in various legions, lounges and clubs has kept her busy doing music. Alice has performed in the US and sang on the radio station in Nashville; they invited her back to sing there again. She also performed in Ireland and was invited to Scotland to the Sinclair Clan gathering awhile back. She has performed at many shows including benefits for battered women, farmers' aid and festivals across the prairies.

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Alice Sinclair
Alice Sinclair
Edmonton, Alberta
Phone: 780-921-2080
Email: w_sinclair@shaw.ca

 


Randy and Rai Smith - Singers / Musicians

Randy and Rai Smith married in 1995 have 3 children and 2 grandchildren. They have been performing on stage together since 2008. They both come from musical families and started singing around the age of 5. Randy's grandparent's band 'Allan Smith and the Serenaders' with father Glenn, were based out of Innisfail, AB. Rai grew up surrounded by cowboy and western music for most of her childhood, being the daughter of a fulltime ranch-hand, weekends were always full of music. One of Rai's favorite smells is "eau'd de horse barn". Randy and Rai sing and write traditional country and western music where a song tells a story. They unfortunately don't live the cowboy lifestyle, but they definitely show their respect by performing their versions of some of the most beautiful classic western songs. They believe, 'The Cowboy Way' is not only a lifestyle, it's an attitude.

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Randy and Rai Smith
Randy and Rai Smith
Devon, Alberta
Phone: 780-987-4302
Email: rsmithgp@telus.net


 


Bryan Bj Smith - Cowboy Poet
Bryan (Bj) Smith is an Equine Canada & Certified Horse Association riding coach. An experienced horse trainer, riding coach, packer, guide, clinician, survival expert, and Canadian Ski Patrol instructor, he has taught equine wilderness topics at the university and college level. Following a full career in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, where he experienced years of service in the Arctic, Bj supervised criminal investigations for the Government of Alberta, instructed for the Lethbridge College Criminal Justice and Environmental Science programs and sat as the President of the Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association. He routinely guides groups of wilderness travellers on horseback through the Rockies, often on week long trips of a hundred miles or more. His skill and knowledge as a packer and horseman has been recognized by the Alberta Trail Riders Association and private equestrian clubs who have enjoyed his clinics. He consults with the Rafter Six Ranch Resort near Canmore, Alberta to expand their back country overnight horse business. He instructs the Olds College Continuing Education Equine Program ‘Wilderness Wrangler', which focuses on back country horsemanship skills. Bj's lectures and presentations are never boring or difficult to follow as he is a popular professional western entertainer. The current President of the Alberta Cowboy Poetry Association and winner of the Academy of Western Artists Will Rogers Award for best cowboy poetry CD of the year, his performances have been featured at Cowboy Poetry Gatherings and Festivals across western Canada, the USA, and on cruise liners. Bj has authored three books and is often featured on radio and television shows.

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Bryan Bj Smith
Bryan Bj Smith
Phone: 403-317-4918
URL: www.bjsmith.ca
Email: bj@bjsmith.ca

Product
CD - A Cowboy Collaboration view
Book - A Legend Of The Nahanni view
Book - Mountains, Mounties & Memories view


 


Alvin Speers - Cowboy Poet
Alvin Speers, self-styled 'Drugstore Cowboy' is an internationally known author/poet, with 85 books in published circulation to date. In addition, over 1,377 individually published poems have appeared in over 200 media. His prose and poetry work covers wide ranging subjects including the West, Cowboy life poetry, etc. He was designated Poet Laureate for CBC's On The Road Again TV show hosted by Wayne Rostad for 20 seasons, ending in 2007. Alvin has been involved in "Poet walks" public presentations under auspices of The Writer's Guild of Alberta, Word In The Street as well as guest speaking for various group meetings, etc. He was a friend of the late Andy Russell for some years, and visited him at Pincher Creek shortly before Andy’s passing.

Product
Alvin Speers' books are sold by mail order. For a free catalogue send a self addressed stamped envelope to:
Aardvark Enterprises
204 Millbank Dr SW
Calgary Alberta
T2Y 2H9

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Alvin Speers
Alvin Speers
Calgary, Alberta
Phone: 403-256 4639


 


Duane Stewart - Singer, Musician, Songwriter
In his earlier years Duane Stewart was regularly featured on national CBC radio and television series and recorded for both Capitol and London labels. Back then he used his father's "stage" surname, and as Duane Davis was a regular on his dad's The Stu Davis Show for four seasons. They later co-starred on Trail-Riding Troubadour, a film series depicting the history of the Canadian west. During that time Duane was also singing host of three of his own CBC radio network series and a number of CBC television specials. Meanwhile, he found time to complete a BA (1972) and a Dip. Ed. (1973) at the University of Alberta. Duane left the stage and stage name behind as teaching required more of his time; however, his 2003 relocation to B.C’s Shuswap inspired his return to singing. Since then, as well as solo performances, Duane spent two years with a country/gospel trio, The Sons of the Sage. Duane continues to work with students as English tutor at Okanagan College, but manages to present his large repertoire of cowboy, country-gospel, and traditional folk-country songs throughout BC and the prairies.

Duane Stewart
Blind Bay, BC
Phone:
URL: www.duanestewart.ca
Email: d.stew@telus.net

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Duane Stewart

Product
CD - Back Porch Songs
CD - The Sons of the Sage


 


Vic Stuckey - Cowboy Poet
Vic hales from Red Willow, a little place north east of Stettler, Alberta where he used to farm a little. In his earlier days he used to follow the rodeos trying to be a cowboy in the summer and worked at various jobs in the winter. Vic and his wife, of over fifty years, are now retired and spend their time going to cowboy poetry gatherings and camping in the mountains with their family. He has performed at Pincher Creek, Maple Creek, Stavely, Stony Plain, Cochrane, Crossfield, and Kamloops as well as 4-H clubs and private functions over the past 5 or 6 years. Vic looks forward to going down the road and meeting new people.

Vic Stuckey
Red Willow, Alberta
Phone: 403-742-4273
Email: joycevicstuckey@live.ca

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Vic Stuckey

Product
Book - Cowboy Memories view


 


Wendy Vaughan - Cowboy Poet

Wendy Vaughan has been writing and performing poetry since 1988 when she first performed at the first Pincher Creek Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Since then she has entertained with her poetry at various banquets, rodeos, fundraisers, and gatherings around Western Canada and in Montana. Raised west of Cochrane in the Ghost River area, she experienced ranch life first hand. Many of her ranch experiences are related in poetic form in her first book. Wendy currently resides with her husband, Walter, on the family farm North of Cochrane, Alberta where they still raise hay, but in 2006 dispersed their cattle operation. She has two married daughters and in 2007 became a grandmother for the first time. She is a charter member of the Alberta Cowboy Poetry Association. She provided entertainers for the Bards and Beef Show in Crossfield, Alberta an annual fundraiser for the Westbrook 4-H from 1997 to 2008. Wendy is instrumental in the production of the ACPA's annual Trail's End Gatherings.

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photo by Bill Borgwardt
Wendy Vaughan
Wendy Vaughan
Crossfield, Alberta
Phone: 403-946-5482
Email: wendy@obppromotions.com

Product
Book - The Corral Bars Are Down ... view


 


Marshall Veal - Cowboy Poet / Singer

Marshall Veal writes and performs music and poetry of The West. It must be in the blood...as Marshall credits the influence of his ancestors who settled in the 1880's Canadian West. Marshall's poetry and music uphold cowboy and western traditions. Whether at festivals, gatherings, or private events, Marshall delivers a great song or poem with passion, a dose of humour, and an occasional new twist. In songs such as Cattle Drive, Saskatchewan, Canadian River, and Oregon Trail, he evokes epic western history, or a love for simple western life. Marshall has entertained in Canada, USA, and Europe. His music is featured on Radio, TV, CD, DVD, and even in children's hospital programs. Marshall's widely-reviewed CD "Canadian Journey", and his book of poetry "Who Has Seen The West", reflect a lifetime's fascination with western history, cowboy culture, and life's predictable predicaments. Marshall has headlined at cowboy gatherings across the Canadian West, and continues to ride western trails and write new poems and songs. In response to the tragic flooding of 2013, Marshall re-recorded his song "Calgary", and sent it off to Mayor Nenshi and media, in solidarity, and as a hopeful morale booster!
Comments from others include:
* "Marshall's untamed spirit rides the wind"....Doris Bircham
* "I like your song Eagles"....Gary Fjellgaard
* "Great tunes"....Nathan Tinkham

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Marshall Veal
Marshall Veal
Vancouver, BC
Phone: 604-871-1492
Email: marshallveal@telus.net

Product
Book - Who Has Seen The West view
CD - Canadian Journey view


 


The Wardens - Singer / Musicians
Bradley Bischoff, Scott Ward and Ray Schmidt

Reflecting over 65 years of mountain adventure, The Wardens - Bradley Bischoff, Scott Ward and Ray Schmidt - share original songs and stories about the history and traditions of Canada's National Park Warden Service. Superb musicianship, haunting vocals and chilling tales from three men who spent their careers in the most rugged of all places. The Wardens bring it. Blood, sweat and tears of bygone days in Banff and Jasper. True tales from these Men for the Mountains.

"Their performance will leave you with a taste of the danger, adventure and cowboy ruggedness of life as a park warden" - Banff Crag and Canyon, Banff Alberta

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The Wardens
The Wardens
URL: www.banffwardens.com
Email: bradndeb@telus.net

Product
CD - The Wardens view


 


Harold Webber - Cowboy Poet / Singer

Harold was born at home, on the farm, near Stony Plain, Alberta. He remembers sitting under a cow, milking, and as the milk splashed into the bucket, he would make up a poem or song. As a teen, he worked the Stony Plain stampede chutes and got in trouble with the rodeo clown in the arena. Harold worked heavy equipment, building roads all across Alberta, drove cattle liner, and maintained roads. In 1975 he realized the dream of ranching, moving to Drayton Valley, Alberta, where he bought and ran a ranch there for twenty six years, with his family. Harold also spent a few years as a brand inspector in the Drayton Valley area at that time. In 2000, they sold off most of the ranch and moved to Sundre, Alberta where they retired. It was then that Harold began writing poetry about their life on the ranch and riding in the mountains with friends. He feels blessed to be able to do what he loved to do and have the friends he had there, and new friends on the poetry trails with still more to meet.

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Harold Webber

Harold Webber
Sundre, Alberta
Phone: 403-638-5125
Email: hywebber@telus.net


 


Margaret Wilhelm - Cowboy Poet

Margaret lives with her husband on a ranch in Montana. People say she sees life from a little different slant ... who else would write a tribute to her washing machine or an ode to the neighbour's goat. Margaret loves to laugh and hopes her contemporary poetry about ranch and rural life will produce a chuckle or at least a smile.

Margaret Wilhelm
White Sulphur Springs, Montana
Phone: 406-547-3563
Email: ttcattleco@mtintouch.net

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Margaret Wilhelm


 


Abe Zacharais - Singer / Songwriter

Abe is an award-winning vocalist and songwriter who has performed in many parts of Canada and the US. His 1993 appearance on the stage of the Grand Ol' Opry and his 1997 Golden Heart Award (Country Gospel Male Vocalist of the Year) are two of his career highlights. Abe has gained a legion of fans through his more than 35 years of making music. He was especially pleased when one of them, country star Paul Brandt, credited Abe as being one of his important musical influences. Recently one of Abe's songs Prairie Homestead from his Songs of the Sage and Saddle album has been recieving extensive airplay by the European Country Music Association. In December 2009 it went to #10 in the Netherlands and #8 in Belgium. Then in January of 2010 it went to #2 in Norway. Abe and his wife Marge live in Salmon Arm, BC Canada. For information and bookings email Abe or see his web site.

Abe Zacharais
Salmon Arm, BC
URL: www.azmusic.ca
Email: countryboy1@telus.net

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Abe Zacharais

Product
CD - A Country Boy view
CD - Country Gospel Fever view
CD - He's Coming Back view
CD - Songs of the Sage and Saddle view
CD - The Sons Of The Sage view
CD - Songs About Christmas view

 

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