Entertainers and Performers that will be at
the 2019 Kamloops Cowboy Festival

March 14th - 17th, 2019

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Our 23rd Anniversary!!

It's performers like the following that help make
the Kamloops Cowboy Festival
the Biggest and the Best of its kind in Canada!

There is also Open Mic performance spots throughout the weekend. If you are interested just show up.

You can use the following index if you are looking for a particular performer - just click on their name to find their photo and bio, or scroll down the page and check them all out.



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Alan Moberg
Ben Crane
Bernadette Ducharme
Bryn Thiessen
Charlie Ewing
Dave McLure
Ed Wahl
Gary Allegretto

 

Gordie West
Hugh McLennan
Jean Prescott
Jim McLennan
Jocelyn Winterburn
Larry Krause
Linda Nadon
Louis "Big Rig" McIvor

 

Mag Mawhinney
Matt Robertson
Mike Dygert
MIke Fleming
Mikki Daniel
Tim Hus
Tom Swearingen

There is also Open Mic performers throughout the weekend. If you want to take part just show up.


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Alan Moberg www.alanmoberg.com

Alan Moberg Born in Pender Harbour, BC, he has worked on the sea as a fisherman and on the land. His songs reflect the affinity for people who live close to the land. Alan Moberg has received an Award from BMI Canada (Socan) for "an outstanding contribution to Canadian music" as well as three from the BC Country Music Association during his long musical history. He has written, and sung, about BC in general, for well over 35 years! One of his best known songs is The Williams Lake Stampede. Alan Moberg seems to be reinvigorated with new recordings and a return to concert stages. He does for BC's interior ranchland and coastal rainforest what Ian Tyson does for Alberta cow country and Stan Rogers did for the Great Lakes. Moberg's melodic voice reaches into people's souls. Alan sings and listening hearts respond. Audiences love him.
Alan was inducted into the BC Country Music Hall of Fame in October 2008!

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Ben Crane
See Ben's Jinglebob Music Studio booth in the tradeshow to find out how and where you can make your next recording. See his web site at: www.bencrane.com

Ben Crane is a complicated sort of character. As a singer, songwriter and concert entertainer he has been touring western Canada and the US for over 30 years - long enough to know better. As a top-selling illustrator with Leanin' Tree greeting cards he has slathered North America with his brand of slightly twisted humour. He is also a record producer, arranger, engineer, session player and graphic artist. He even had a stint as a regular columnist in Canadian Cowboy Country Magazine for 9 years. He works with Jeff Foxworthy on a line of Leanin' Tree cards, he's shared the stage with most of the western music icons and has even had a musical influence on the Sons Of The Pioneers. In short, he's not sure what he wants to be if he grows up. One thing's for certain, however - he is a family man with a strong faith and a deep love for the western way of life. Still married to his first wife after 25 years and with two daughters who even at the time of this writing don't mind being seen with him in public, one might be tempted to say that he's been successful in life. He does what he loves and loves what he does, and a feller really can't get any richer than that. And his Mom assures us that he really is quite harmless. Ben and his family live near Rocky Mountain House in west central Alberta, high on a ridge with a 150-mile view of the blue Canadian Rockies.

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Bernadette Ducharme
www.bernsmusic.com

Bernadette Ducharme is a country girl, raised in the little town of Horsefly, BC. She began creating songs as a very small child, before she could even write them down. Inspired by the likes of Marty Robbins, Johnny Cash and Hank Williams, Bernadette loves to sing ballads of real live cowboys still living the western lifestyle in this modern time. She loves to evoke a feeling that puts you right there in the song, whether it's haunting, heart wrenching or makes you chuckle ... you're guaranteed to FEEL her music! In September of 2014, Bernadette won the "Northern Star" singing competition in Barkerville, BC. Bernadette has entertained audiences at many different events such as coffee houses, cowboy concerts, festivals, weddings, funerals, and birthday parties. You're guaranteed to FEEL her music! Her latest album earned her 8 nominations in the AWA, and was #9 in the world on the western charts for 6 months. She is currently working on a new western album to be released at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival in March of this year.

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Bryn Thiessen

 

Bryn Thiessen is a self described Rancher/Poet/Cowboy and an extremely unique individual. He was raised with 4 sisters and says that he never learned to talk before going to school because he couldn't get a word in edge wise. In an attempt to make up for lost time Bryn began to write and recite poetry. Although Bryn is mostly known as a cowboy poet he says he'd rather rope a cow then talk about it. He raises commercial cattle and ranch horses as well as hiring out to neighboring outfits. No matter what he's doing he continues to find something to feed his slightly deranged mind. Bryn's first tape was made in 1990. It was followed by a book in 1994. Next, was a video in 2000, with the combined efforts of Chris and Sharky Schauer. From this video Bryn also produced a CD. Bryn lives with his wife and three kids at Helmer Creek Ranch, in Sundre, Alberta.

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Charlie Ewing

Charlie Ewing has spent his life ranching in the Porcupine Hills near Claresholm in south western Alberta. He writes songs about rural and ranch life and about the history of the west. He grew up listening to folk, country, bluegrass, and blues music and counts artists like Ian Tyson, Gordon Lightfoot, Doc Watson, Tim O'Brien and Tom Russell as his greatest influences. He performs at music events around southern Alberta either solo or with a band. He has recorded two CDs of his original songs.

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Dave McLure

Dave McLure lives on a working cattle ranch and uses the cowboy life experiences to shape his cowboy poetry and songwriting. He can make you laugh and cry with the stories he portrays of the cowboy way of life and at the end of his performance you will either be glad you are a cowboy or wish you were one. He has melded his love for composing piano music in with his cowboy poetry. Dave and his wife Joy and their two children enjoy all that the life of raising cattle and riding horses can give. Their home is North Central Washington State on the Colville Indian Reservation. He has performed at the Lewis and Clark Western Music Festival, the Dollar Watch Cowboy Jamboree, the Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering, and recently attended and performed at the annual awards banquet of the Western Music Association in Albaquerque, New Mexico.

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Ed Wahl
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Ed Wahl has been playing the guitar and singing most of his life and loves to sing! He has a very vibrant voice and stage presence. His musical preference includes classic country, western, bluegrass, cowboy and traditional local music. He released his 1st CD in 2009, entitled "Off The Wahl - Country Classics by Ed Wahl" and in 2013 released his 2nd CD called "Keeping The West Alive", all cowboy tunes. This CD was at #13 in the Top 30 Cowboy/Western Albums in 2017. He has performed at the 100 Mile Cowboy Concert, 108 Mile Canada Day, the Barriere Fall Fair & Rodeo, Willow Creek Cowboy Gathering and the Cowboy and Drover Jubilee in Barkerville. In 2017 he won the Cowboy Idol at the Columbia River Cowboy Gathering and performed on the main stage in 2018. Ed retired his country band called "Off The Wahl" at the end of 2016, so he could devote more time to pursuing his cowboy/western music. He also plays and sings at seniors' centres, the Scandinavian Centre and at private parties and he loves to jam with his friends at the Legions. In his spare time he makes a living building and repairing commercial fishing boats.


Ed Wahl and Band

Ed Wahl and Band Left to Right ... Mike Dygert on bass and vocals, Ed Wahl with lead vocals and rythum guitar, Jim McLennan lead guitar and vocals! This will be the Thursday night dinner dance band ... and it should be awesome!!

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Gary Allegretto
Gary's web site is:
www.garyallegretto.com

 

Gary Allegretto American Cowboy Magazine calls Gary, "Amazing. You've never seen - or heard anything like him." True West Magazine raves, "This harmonica wrangler is sure to impress the cowboy hat off of your head." Indeed, besides being one of the best harmonica players you'll ever hear he is also a remarkable singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He’s currently nominated for 8 Academy of Western Artists (AWA) Will Rogers Awards and his new record is at the very top of the Western Music radio charts. His jaw-dropping talents have earned him an AWA Award, a Best of the West Award, 9 Western Music Association Award nominations and 2 Grammy Award nominations. His unique brand of songwriting and music has been featured on soundtracks of major motion pictures. His music draws from the very roots of Western music and his imaginative (and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny) songs tell riveting stories, painting pictures of his diverse life experience in the West (including work as a ranch hand, forest firefighter, and bouncer in a couple rough honky-tonks). Don't miss an opportunity to witness the world's top "Harmonicowboy"!

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The Gordie West Band

The Gordie West Band web site is: www.gordiewestband.com


The Gordie West Band
You may have seen this duo at one of many cowboy festivals in BC and Alberta or promoting the Calgary Stampede throughout North America. Gordie West and Mike Dygert (aka The Gordie West Band) are a couple of guys with a thirst for the folklore of the west and a yen to play good, old cowboy music! Gordie West, who lives a short drive north of Kamloops, began playing in country bands in his teens, spent close to 20 years touring overseas where he released 5 albums and now combines a singing career with life on his land north of Kamloops. He has a vocal range that can showcase the ballads of Marty Robbins and the yodel stylings of Wilf Carter. Mike Dygert hails from Cold Lake in north eastern Alberta. When he's not with Gord, you might catch playing with the Western Spirit band or other western music colleagues. He has a dry wit that will leave you wondering "where'd he come from" and "how'd he get there"! Together they make the show come alive with music, song, and good humour.


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Hugh McLennan

Hugh McLennan and his wife Billie live the life they love - shared with their cattle and horses in some beautiful country! Hugh has spent a lot of years training horses for the public and specializes in starting colts and developing them for ranch work. He spent many years working in radio and TV but his heart was always in ranching and cowboy life. Sixteen years ago Hugh started the Spirit of the West radio program with the objective to bring the livestock industry to the general public using the real words of the people on the land along with the music and poetry of the west. As well as many other awards, Hugh's show was named Canada's Best Agricultural Radio Program in two different years. His speaking engagements take him all over North America. Hugh's web site is: www.hugh-mclennan.com

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Jean Prescott

Jean Prescott Born and raised in West Texas, Jean Prescott grew up horseback living and loving the rural western lifestyle. This way of life and her love of music came together over the years and led to the best of both worlds for her. Jean's music is referred to as "The spiritual essence of the west". With that in mind the Texas Legislature recognized Jean for her contribution to the preservation of Texas history through her music. Jean's songs and her beautiful delivery of them paint vivid musical pictures of the way of life in the real west of yesterday and today. 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of Jean’s full time music career and she loves to share her songs with her fans today just as much now as she did in the very beginning. This multiple award winning singer/songwriter is widely appreciated for her rich, alto voice and her warm stage presence that draws her audience in to each song she sings. Sometimes called "The First Lady of Western Music", Jean is proud to have the opportunity to entertain and at the same time promote and preserve the western heritage of America. Jean's web site is: www.jeanprescott.com

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Jim McLennan

Jim McLennan Jim's reputation as a finger-style guitarist, composer and arranger has produced an enduring legacy as one of Alberta’s finest guitarists. He recorded for Stefan Grossman's iconic Kicking Mule record label in the 1970s, and has been featured in Guitar Player magazine. Jim's first solo CD, Six-String Gumbo, was a Western Canadian Music Award finalist for Instrumental Recording of the Year. US National Finger-style world champion Bob Evans says this about Jim's acoustic playing: "Jim has one of the smoothest finger-style guitar deliveries I had ever heard." Jim will be playing backup guitar for who ever wants him throughout the weekend.

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Jocelyn Winterburn

Jocelyn Winterburn has been a writer for many years. From jingles to newsletters, from magazine articles to poetry, writing is definitely one of her passions. Cowgirl poetry is a way for Jocelyn to share her love of the western lifestyle of BC. One of her poems, "August", about haying time in the Cariboo, won third place in a National Poetry competition. She recited her poetry in 2016 and 2018 at the Cowboy and Drovers' Jubilee in Barkerville, and is invited back for 2019. Currently living in the Okanagan Valley, Jocelyn writes, paints, gardens, and occasionally shovels snow, to her heart's content.

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Larry Krause

Larry's web site is:
www.larrykrause.ca

Larry Krause Western Roots, Singer / Songwriter. The past years have found Larry Krause across Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta, BC and out to the East Coast, playing the traditional, roots style of Western, Cowboy and Country Gospel music that keeps folks coming back. He has presented his solo "Cowboy Campfire Evenin'" concert series across Western Canada, from Concert Halls to around the fire after a long Cowboy day, and just about everything in between. His songwriting and performance style feature songs and stories of the people, places and times, long past and recent, that laid the foundation for the West that we know today. He was honored by being the first recipient of the Saskatchewan Country Music Association's "Roots Artist of the Year" Award. His Discography includes two Western Roots albums, two Country Gospel offerings, a Christmas Album and a compilation DVD of songs he performed on the TV show, together with his band, 'Timberline'. His current projects include Hosting and producing, the Award winning Shaw TV series, "The Timberline Music Show", which is into its sixth season and is televised across Western Canada on SHAW Direct Television, as well as producing and performing in the stage show, "Founders of Canadiana".

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Linda Nadon

Linda Nadon and her husband, Larry, and their son, Landon, run a commercial cow-calf operation near Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan. She writes about the critters and calamities of day to day life on the N7 Ranch. Linda is a Vet. Tech. and has a deep love for animals and Nature. Much of the ranch work is done on horseback with the help of her cattle dog "Tippie". Linda performed at the 2018 IWMA Convention in Albuquerque, NM, placed 2nd in the 2017 Columbia River Cowboy Poet Idol Contest in Kennewick WA, she has seven poems on cowboypoetry.com and her poem, "A Quarter of a Century" was published in the 2016 fall edition of the Western Way Magazine. Linda self-published a chap book, "Pickin' an' Choosin'", in 2012. She released her CD, "North of 54", in 2015 and hopes to bring a new book of poetry to the 2019 Kamloops Cowboy Festival.

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Louis

Louis "Big Rig" McIvor Louis started playing guitar at 12 years old and 5-string banjo at 14. Raised on his Family's Carnival where he entertained in his off-time and acquired his Class 1 license ... hence the handle "Big Rig". After 23 years driving semi Louis started with NL Broadcasting in 2006, first on weekends, then afternoons, and now The Big Rig Breakfast show! Louis played in his brother's band who opened for many great Canadian Artists including Jefferson Starship! He won the "On Air Personality of the Year" in 2012, 2013 and 2016 from the BC Country Music Association. He hosted the Rockin' River Fest 2017 and was Co-Host of Rockin' River 2018 as well. Last year he opened for the Louisiana Hayride in Kamloops and went over so well that they've asked him back this year!! Back by popular demand this will be his second appearance at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival and he's looking forward to it ... and so are we! Banjo and all ...

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Mag Mawhinney

Mag Mawhinney 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 US sing the melodies they've composed for her lyrics. Mag resides on Vancouver Island.

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Matt Robertson

Matt Robertson Raised in Wheatland, Wyoming, Matt Robertson currently resides in Southern Alberta where he cowboys at a grazing co-op and trains horses. Since the age of sixteen, Matt has been writing and playing music for friends, family and audiences across Canada and the United States. He credits Chris Ledoux and Ian Tyson for inspiring his career as a songwriter. Matt's discography includes The Old Roan Horse (2008), The Voice (2012), Makin' History (2016) and Just Cowboyin' (2017). Matt grew up on the back of a horse, starting colts as a young teen, riding broncs in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association through his youth and currently enjoys ranch rodeo and working with young horses. His experiences both on and off a horse have influenced him and his music. Matt's heart is in the open country where a person can still feel inspired and free.

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Michael Fleming

Michael Fleming was raised in Colorado where he developed his deep love for the high country that has inspired much of his music. His years as a solo musician and as the leader of the band, New West, have taken him all over the United States and Canada. He has won two Will Rogers awards from the Academy of Western Artists for his songs and another for the band New West as well as a song of the year award for the song, Below the Kinney Rim co-written with Les Buffham. From the beginning of his Western music career, his songs have come from his deep and abiding respect for the keepers of the land. Mike is honored to return to Kamloops again and share good music and tall tales with his Northern brethren.

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Mikki Daniel

Mikki Daniel is loved for her ability to spin a tale, her strong rhythm guitar and crystal clear voice. You can't help but love her personality, charm and engaging smile. Among her numerous accolades, she has received the WMA Female Performer of the Year Award, the AWA Western Female Performer of the Year, the WMA Crescendo Award and the Western Swing Album of the Year Award from the WMA as well as the Rural Roots Commission for "Cowgirl Swing". In 2014 she made history by being the youngest person to receive the prestigious New Horizons Wrangler Award for her debut CD, "Gotta Be A Cowgirl" and published her first historical fiction novel "Girls and Gunsmoke."

BOOKING: Sonya 214-532-8010. You can see Mikki on: Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Reverbnation and her web site is:
www.mikkidaniel.com

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Tim Hus

Tim Hus can come at his audience like a runaway rig, while firing off image bound lyrics with the marksmanship of a western gunslinger. Tim Hus will make you sit up and pay attention to his songs, story songs that capture the pioneering spirit that motivates and inspires truck drivers, miners, rum runners, trappers, men of the land, men of the sea, and vagabonds. He's an Albertan through and through and one who takes the history of Canada seriously. One who looks deep into the eyes and souls of his subjects and finds out what makes them tick. He's an artist who creates his songs from a place of deep respect and understanding, and Hus has never been more on the mark than with "Hockeytown", one of his latest albums for Stony Plain Records. Tim's web site is:
www.timhus.ca

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Tom Swearingen

Tom Swearingen is an Oregon horseman whose original cowboy poetry is often inspired by his own experiences and observations from the saddle. A two-time winner of the National Finals Rodeo Cowboy Poetry Contest, and four-time International Western Music Association top-five finalist for Male Poet of the Year, Tom brings his stories to life with rhythm and rhyme and a style that makes him a popular performer not only at cowboy gatherings and horse camps, but wherever else you find folks who appreciate the heritage of the west. Tom has been a featured and headline performer at western music and cowboy poetry festivals throughout the west, including Spirit of the West in Ellensburg, WA, Cochise in Sierra Vista, AZ, Durango in Colorado, Cimarron in New Mexico, Monterey in California, and the International Western Music Association Annual Convention and Awards in Albuquerque, NM. His CDs Horses and Happiness and Rhyme ‘Em Cowboy! have each been recognized as finalists for IWMA Cowboy Poetry CD of the Year. His newest CD Language of the Land releases spring 2019. Tom's web site is: www.oregoncowboypoet.com


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Open Mic

We can't hire everyone, so our Open Mics allow others a chance to perform at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival! This includes the already known professionals and up-and-coming talent! Every year we end up hearing new entertainers on the open mics and quite often invite them back as paid performers the following year! If you are interested in performing on the open mic just show up and add your name the list!

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