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With special thanks to Archivist Steve Green of Western Folklife Center, we're pleased to present program covers, information and lists of invited performers for the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, held at Elko, Nevada each year since 1985. 

See the program information below. The actual programs include much additional information. 

This is page 4 of program information.  Page 1 is here.

We celebrated the 20th anniversary in 2004 with additional special features on separate pages:

The First Time....
recollections from the stage and the audience...send us your story about your first visit to Elko... 
 

Poetry
poems celebrating the Gathering
(separate page)

 

 


Western Folklife Center

Visit the Western Folklife Center web site for information about the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering and other Western Folklife Center programs and events,  membership information, and to participate in their on-line activities.

 

 

www.WesternFolklife.org

 


National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Programs
 

 


1998

 

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1999
 


 

 

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2000
 
 

 

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2001
 
 

This is page 4 of program information. 

Additional pages:

1985-1989
1990-1993 

1994-1997
1998-2001  below
2002-2005
2006-2009
2010-2013

All years' index of participants

 


1998


January  25-31, 1998


Cover by William Matthews 

 Program Contents

"Welcome" by Charlie Seemann, Executive Director 

"The Last Drover," by Teresa Jordan

"Notes in Search of A Celtic Theme in For a Talk in Elko or How I found Out I Might Be Hungarian" by Buck Ramsey

"Notes to Acknowledge the Absence of the Keynote Speaker or Buck Quits Our Bunch to Ride with Will and Charlie" by Rod McQueary (with excerpts from Buck Ramsey's "Anthem")

[Buck Ramsey had been scheduled to give the keynote address.  He died in early January 1998. ]

"The Welsh Drovers" by Teri Brewer, University of Glamorgan

Exhibits

Schedule

Biographies of Featured Participants

Educational Opportunities

Workshops

Western Folklife Center News

Voices of Youth

Western Folklife Center Renovation

Silent Auction

National Governors Association Award

Teaming Up with the Working Cowboys Ranch Association

Acknowledgements

Visitor Services

Gathering Places

Empty Saddles:  Barbara Blackstock, Wilf Carter (Montana Slim), Arthur Glaser, James H. "Timk" Hatch, Shorty Prunty, Tony Salvatierra

Cowboy Poetry Gathering Sponsors

Poetry:
"Kindred Spirits, A Poem" by Virginia Bennett
(back cover)
"Advice to Drovers" by Vicar Pritchard (1549-1644), 
     translated from Welsh
"The Importance of Being" by Buck Ramsey
"Anthem" by Buck Ramsey (excerpts in Rod McQueary's
    article)


Keynote Speaker: Hal Cannon


 

Featured Participants:

J. B. Allen, Whiteface, Texas
Helen Avery, Queensland, Australia
Mike Beck, Carmel Valley, California
Virginia Bennett, Twisp, Washington
Baxter Black, Benson, Arizona
Bob Bird
, Lindrith, New Mexico
Ed Brown, Merced, California
Laurie Wagner Buyer, Fairplay, Colorado
The Bunkhouse Orchestra (Hal Cannon, Ron Kane, 
   Meghan Merker)
Utah and Nevada
John Campbell, Newry, N. Ireland
Cowboy Celtic,  (David Wilkie, Amelia Kaminski, Denise
   Withnell, with Nathan McCavna, Scott Ring, Christine
   Hanson, ShruDeLi Ownby)
Alberta
Raphael Cristy, Albuqueque, New Mexico
John Dofflemyer, Lemon Cove, California
Elizabeth Ebert, Thunder Hawk, South Dakota
Don Edwards, Weatherford, Texas
Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Marshall, California
John Erickson, Perrytown, Texas
Fall River Boys (Mark Seeley and Jeff Muench), Idaho
Linda Hussa, Cedarville, California
Chris Isaacs, Eagar, Arizona
Clay Jenkinson, Reno, Nevada
Mark Kleinschimdt, Queensland, Australia
Patty Knox, Grand Canyon, Arizona
Ross Knox, Grand Canyon, Arizona
Walt LaRue, Burbank, California
Guy Logsdon, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Patrick Lynch, Mullagh, Ireland
Mary McCaslin, Santa Cruz, Calfornia
Michael McDermot, Letterkenny, Ireland
Buster and Sheryl McLaury, Texas
Gary McMahan, Bellevue, Colorado
Wallace McRae, Forsyth, Montana
Larry McWhorter, Weatherford, Texas
Terri Mason, Alberta, Canada
Ed Miller, Austin, Texas
Chuck Milner, Cheyenne, Wyoming
Waddie Mitchell, Elko, Nevada
Daniel Morden, Wales
Colin Morris, Wales
Rooster Morris, Dalhart, Texas
Michael Martin Murphey, Taos, New Mexico
Joel Nelson, Alpine, Texas
Rich O'Brien, Fort Worth, Texas
Glenn Ohrlin, Mt. View, Arkansas
Ken Overcast, Chinook, Montana
Diane Josephy Peavey, Carey, Idaho
Tom Perlman, Butte, Montana
The Plainsmen (Lindsey Manning, Larry Manning, 
   Emerson Baker, Steve Pursley)
, Nevada
Vess Quinlan, San Acacio, Colorado
Lorraine Rawls, Talent, Oregon
Henry Real Bird, Garryowen, Montana
Ray Reed, Ruidoso, New Mexico
Libby Richards, Talgarth, Wales
Pat Richardson, Merced, California
Riders in the Sky (Too Slim, Ranger Doug, Woody Paul)
   Nashville, Tennessee
Randy Rieman, Parker Ranch, Hawaii 
The Ringling 5 (Chuck Dallas, Don Oberquell, Ron Arthum, 
   Les Arthum, Larry Lovely, Don Seifert, and Ken Arthum),
  
Wilsall, Montana
Tom Russell, Canutillo, Texas
Bob Schild, Blackfoot, Idaho
Greg Scott, Nogales, Arizona
Georgie Sicking, Lookout, California
Jesse Smith
, Porterville, California
Sons of the San Joaquin (Jack Hannah, Joe Hannah, 
   Lon Hannah)
, California
Red Steagall, Fort Worth, Texas
Colen Sweeten, Malad, Idaho
Jerry Warren, Marietta, Georgia
Andy Wilkinson, Lubbock, Texas
Bill Wood, Newell, South Dakota
Merrily Wright, Deeth, Nevada
Paul Zarzyski
, Great Falls, Montana

Other Contributing Poets and Musicians:

Layle Bagley, Idaho
Tex Bix Bender, Tennessee
Bimbo Cheney, Nevada
Jay Dalton, Nevada
Bill Jones, Tennessee
Teresa Jordan, Deeth, Nevada
The McCall Family, Nevada
Sean and Betty McCarthey, New Mexico
Rod McQueary, Nevada
Janalee Martin, Nevada
Annie Proulx, Centennial, Wyoming
Senator Harry Reid, Nevda
Connie Satterthwaite, Tuscarora, Nevada
Jack Walther, Nevada

Ranch Bands:

Ranch Dance Fiddle Band, Texas
   Jim Benjamin
   Tommy Allsup
   Tommy Morrell
   Lanny Fiel
   Scott Brown
   John Ford
   Kurt Melle 
  and student fiddlers

Monte Mills and the Lucky Horseshoe Band, California
  Chris Scarbrough
  Randy Allen
  Roland Laughlin
  Dave Duchane
  Whit Smith
  Elana Fremerman
  Bobbie Baker


1999


January  23-30, 1999


Cover:  Wild Horses of Nevada, by Maynard Dicon
Collection of the William A. Karges Family Trust

 Program Contents

"Welcome to the Fifteenth Cowboy Poetry Gathering " by Charlie Seemann, Executive Director 

"A Tradition Worth Keeping," by William McDonald

"Cattle Thieves & Shepherd Ladies" by Katrina Porteous

"The Scottish Impact on the American West" by Ferenc Morton Szasz

"Metis Fiddle and Dance" by Nicholas Peterson Vrooman

"From Soldier to Cowboy" by Charlie Seeman

Event Information

Biographies of Featured Participants

School Programs

Workshops

2000 Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Gathering Week Activities

Silent Auction

Empty Saddles: Ray Reed, Blanton Owen 

Exhibits

WFC Year Round

Guide to Local Sponsors

Map

Acknowledgements


Keynote Speaker: William McDonald, Arizona Rancher with the Malpai Borderlands Group


 

Featured Participants:

J. B. Allen, Whiteface, Texas
Jesse Ballantyne, Parkman, Wyoming
Joey Beaton, Mabou, Nova Scotia
Virginia Bennett, Twisp, Washington
Ed Brown, Merced, California
The Bunkhouse Orchestra (Hal Cannon, Ron Kane, Leonard Coulson,
   Meghan Merker)
Utah and Nevada
Cowboy Celtic,  (David Wilkie, Fiona Coll, Denise
   Withnell, Scott Ring, Keri Zwicker) Alberta
Doris Daley, Alberta
Stephanie Davis, Columbus, Montana
Jay Dalton, Clover Valley, Nevada
Junior Daugherty, Alamogordo, New Mexico
Graham Dick, Northumberland, England
Duane Dickinson, Sanders, Montana
John Dofflemyer, Lemon Cove, California
John Duran, Twisp, Washington
Jay Dusard, Cochise, Arizona
Cain Eaton, Nye, Montana
Don Edwards, Weatherford, Texas
The Gillette Brothers (Guy and Pipp), Crockett, Texas
Sharon Glenn, Yakima, Washington
Drum Hadley, Animas, New Mexico
R. W. Hampton, Stead, New Mexico
Sunny Hancock, Lakeview, Oregon
Brenn Hill, Ogden, Utah
John Hollis, Medford, Oregon
Zita Horton, Australia
Jess Howard, Marmoth, North Dakota
Jimmy LaRocque, Belcourt, North Dakota
Buddy MacMaster, Judique, Nova Scotia
Deanna McCall, Butte Valley, Nevada
Rusty McCall, Butte Valley, Nevada
Gerry McIvor, Dinorwic, Ontario
Buster McLaury, Benjamin, Texas
Rod McQueary, Recluse, Wyoming
Wallace McRae, Forsyth, Montana
Larry McWhorter, Weatherford, Texas
Ed Miller, Austin, Texas
Waddie Mitchell, Elko, Nevada
Michael Martin Murphey, Taos, New Mexico
Joel Nelson, Alpine, Texas
Glenn Ohrlin, Mt. View, Arkansas
Shaun Perisho, Placerville, California
The Plainsmen (Lindsey Manning, Larry Manning, 
   Emerson Baker, and others)
, Nevada
Brent Potskin-Donald, Edmonton, Alberta
Carmel Randle, Australia
Henry Real Bird, Garryowen, Montana
Tam Reid, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Randy Rieman, Parker Ranch, Hawaii 
Sourdough Slim, Paradise, California
Jesse Smith, Porterville, California
Gail Steiger, Prescott, Arizona
Ian Tyson, Alberta
Don Walser, Austin, Texas
Sue Wallis, Recluse, Wyoming
Jack Walther, Lamoille, Nevada
Andy Wilkinson, Lubbock, Texas
Allan Wood, Northumberland, England
Gina Yosten, Muenster, Texas
Paul Zarzyski, Great Falls, Montana

 


2000

January 22-29, 2000


Cover: High Country Get-Together by Larry Pirnie

 Program Contents

"Welcome to the Millennial Cowboy Poetry Gathering " by Charlie Seemann, Executive Director 

"Tallying Up: Ranching at the Millennium" by B. Byron Price

Event Information

Guide to Local Sponsors

Map

Schedule

Biographies of Featured Participants

Educational Programs at the Gathering

2001 Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Gathering Week Activities

Silent Auction

Empty Saddles: Art Cavanaugh, Bill Dorrance

Exhibits

Goings on at The Western Folklife Center

Acknowledgements

Poetry:
"The Legend of Boastful Bill, by Badger Clark
"One Sweet Evening Just This Year" by Paul Zarzyski


Keynote Speaker: B. Byron Price, Executive Director, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming


 

Featured Participants:

J. B. Allen 
Mike Beck
Baxter Black
Ed Brown, Merced, California
The Bunkhouse Orchestra (Hal Cannon, Ron Kane, Leonard Coulson,
   Meghan Merker)
 
Dale Burson, Channing, Texas
Walter "Bimbo" Cheney
Chuck Cusimano, Trinidad, Colorado
Doris Daley, Alberta
Louise K. Dean, Australia
Lyn Denaeyer, Nebraska Sandhills
Duane Dickinson, Ryegate, Montana
John Dofflemyer, Central California
Cain Eaton, Nye, Montana
Elizabeth Ebert, Thunder Hawk, South Dakota
Don Edwards
Jack Elliott ("Ramblin' Jack")
Dennis Flynn, Azle, Texas
Wylie Gustafson
Sunny Hancock
, Lakeview, Oregon
Audrey Hankins, central Arizona
Joni Harms, Canby, Oregon
Linda Hasselstrom, South Dakota 
Andy Hedges, Wyoming
Don Hedgpeth, Texas
Brenn Hill, Utah
Jess Howard, Marmoth, North Dakota
Linda Hussa, Surprise Valley, California
Jayson Jones, near Whiteface, Texas
Jill Jones and the Lone Star Chorale (Doug Flloyd, Lynn Daniel) central
   Texas
Ross & Patty Knox, Grand Canyon, Arizona
Walt LaRue
Ray Lashley, Syracuse, Utah
Kenn Lee, Guffey, Colorado
Earl McKee, Three Rivers, California
Guy McLean, Australia
Buster McLaury, Texas
Gary McMahan
Wallace McRae, Forsyth, Montana
Larry McWhorter, Weatherford, Texas
Jake Miller, Lee, Nevada 
Chuck Milner, Cheyenne, Oklahoma
Waddie Mitchell, Elko, Nevada
Michael Martin Murphey
Ken Moore
, Palominas, Arizona
Joel Nelson
New West (Mike Fleming, Raul Reynoso, David Jackson)
 
Rich O'Brien
Glenn Ohrlin
, Ozark hills 
Howard Parker, Gordon, Nebraska
Diane Josephy Peavey, south central Idaho
Rick & Casey Peden, Alberta
Shaun Perisho, Placerville, California
Lorraine Rawls
Henry Real Bird, Garryowen, Montana
Tom Sharpe, Grand Junction, Colorado
Georgie Sicking
Jesse Smith
, California
Marie P. Smith, Montana
R. P. Smith, Nebraska
Red Steagall, Texas
Gail Steiger, Prescott, Arizona
Colen Sweeten
Ian Tyson

Jack Walther, Lamoille, Nevada
Andy Wilkinson
Bill Wood
, Newell, South Dakota
Paul Zarzyski


2001

January 27-February 3, 2001


Cover: Five Men on Hroseback by Edward Borein, 1933
From the collection of George Gund III

 Program Contents

"Welcome to the Seventeenth National Cowboy Poetry Gathering " by Charlie Seemann, Executive Director 

"Proclamation for National Cowboy Poetry Gathering"

"Pride of the Buckaroo" by Waddie Mitchell

"A Small Town Called the Great Basin" photo essay by Jens Lund

"A Call for Westerners to End Empty Disputes and Savor the Rich Land Legacy that is their Birthright" by Stewart Udall

"Wild Horses of the Great Basin" by Paula Morin

Gathering Information

Guide to Sponsors

Gathering Places/Map

Schedule

Biographies of Featured Participants

Educational Programs at the Gathering

Gathering Week Activities

Empty Saddles:  Mason Coggin

2002 Cowboy Poetry Gathering

JA Sponsorship

Year 'Round at the Western Folklife Center

Silent Auction

Acknowledgements


Keynote Speaker: Waddie Mitchell


 

Featured Participants:

J. B. Allen 
Jesse Ballantyne, eastern foothills, Big Horn Mountains
Virginia Bennett

Baxter Black
Dale Burson
, Channing, Texas
Brittany and Ross Burson
, Channing, Texas
Deb Carpenter
, northwestern Nebraska
Walter "Bimbo" Cheney  
E. T. Collingsworth,southwest New Mexico
Junior Daugherty
Stephanie Davis, south central Montana
Lyn Denaeyer, Nebraska Sandhills
John Doran, Twisp, Washington
Elizabeth Ebert, Thunder Hawk, South Dakota
Don Edwards
Richard Elloyan, Nevada
Leon Flick, near Plush, Oregon
Peggy Godfrey,  south central Colorado
Wylie and the Wild West
Janine Haig, Far South West Queensland, Australia
R. W. Hampton
, Stead, New Mexico
Sunny Hancock
, Lakeview, Oregon
Joni Harms
, Canby, Oregon
Linda Hasselstrom
, South Dakota
Don Hedgpeth
, Texas
Yvonne Hollenbeck
, South Dakota
The Hot Club of Cowtown
, Austin, Texas
Jess Howard, Marmath, North Dakota
Linda Hussa
, western edge of the Great Basin
Mick Kaser
, Wyoming
Ross Knox
, edge of the Grand Canyon, Arizona
Sunny Martin, Ely, Nevada
Deanna McCall, Elko County, Nevada
Rusty McCall, Elko County, Nevada
Larry McWhorter
Chuck Milner, Cheyenne, Oklahoma
Waddie Mitchell, Elko County, NEvada
Michael Martin Murphey
Joel Nelson
Rod Nelson, Almont, North Dakota
Rich O'Brien
Glenn Ohrlin
, Ozark hills 
Tom Perlman
Randy Rieman, Parker Ranch, Hawaii
Sarah Rische, Dele, Wisconsin
Jim Ross
Echo Roy, Wyoming
Ernie Sites, Wendell, Idaho
Sons of the San Joaquin (Joe, Jack, and Lon Hannah with 
  Richard Chon)
Red Steagall
, Texas
Gail Steiger, Prescott, Arizona
Paul Steuermann, Malott, Washington
Milton Taylor, Central Western Queensland, Australia
Rod Taylor, near Cimarron, New Mexico
Charlotte Thompson
Johnny Whelan
Jack Walther, Lamoille, Nevada
Andy Wilkinson, Texas
Merrily Wright
, near Elko, Nevada
Paul Zarzyski


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