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  Western Folklife Center's 32nd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

 

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Western Folklife Center's 32nd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering (January 25-February 30, 2016)

 

 

 

  Blogs, articles, video and more about the 32nd annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering:

 

  National Cowboy Poetry Gathering at the Western Folklife Center

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"National Cowboy Poetry Gathering," (video) by Adrian Buckaroogirl, February 5, 2016

"Elko Gathering Fosters Robust, Respectful Public Lands Debate," by Julia Ritchey, kunr.org, February 3, 2016

"
Texas Songster on Preserving Cowboy Culture," by Julia Ritchey, kunr.org, February 1, 2016

From John Dofflemyer's Dry Crik Journal
   "Elko Sunset," January 28, 2016
   "After the Gathering," January 31, 2016

"The alchemy of poetry and music," by Fallon Godwin-Butler, Elko Daily Free Press, January 30, 2016

"Anything's fair game—short of death..." Carol Off and Jeff Douglas, cbc.ca, January 29, 2016

"
This Poetry Festival is All About That Cowboy Life," by Laura Rice, Texas Standard, January 29, 2016

"
Open Range Meets Open Mic at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering," by Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, January 29, 2016

"
Women artists perform at Gathering...," by Jennifer Stieger, Elko Daily Free Press, January 29, 2016

"
Elko's Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Full Swing," by Julia Ritchey, kunr.org, January 29, 2016

"
Poetry Gathering is about working together," by Gail Steiger, Elko Daily Free Press, January 28, 2016

Cowboy Poets Gather in Nevada with Eye on Oregon Conflict," Associated Press, January 24, 2016

"
Charmed by the Cowboys in Elko," by Sydney Martinez, travelnevada.com, January, 2016

National Cowboy Poetry Gathering stories at the Elko Daily Free Press

KJIV live broadcasts from the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

"
Cowboy culture: Children visit Folklife Center," by Heather Kennison, Elko Daily Free Press, January 20, 2015

"Must do's during the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering," by Jessica Hedges (blog), January 19, 2016

"American tourism: The 32nd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering begins next week," eturbonews.com, January 19, 2016

"How to Cowboy Poetry, From Some Veteran Gathering-Goers," by David Low and Devon Blunden, travelnevada.com, January, 2016
 
"
32nd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Tickets," (video) kentv.com, January 16, 2016

"Elko home on the range for cowboy poets," by F. Andrew Taylor, Las Vegas Review-Journal, December 28, 2015


 


 

  From a January 25, 2016 newsletter:


Watch the Gathering from Home on YouTube!


For those of you who can't make it to the Gathering this year, we are filming and broadcasting on YouTube several shows from the Elko Convention Center Auditorium. We are filming in high definition this year so we can't stream them live (due to the connection speeds available to us), and we estimate that each performance will take about 6 hours to upload to YouTube. Check our
YouTube channel to see what's been uploaded. If you subscribe to our YouTube Channel, you will be notified when each new film is added. We will also post each show on our Facebook page when it is posted on YouTube, so "Like" us on Facebook. Following are the shows that will be filmed. The times listed are show times, not broadcast times. These shows are also listed on our website broadcast page.

Wednesday, January 27

Hot Time in Elko Town
7:00 - 8:30 pm
T. Scot Wilburn & the Shut Up-N-Playboys and Hot Club of Cowtown

Thursday, January 28

Keynote Address with Dan Flores
9:45 - 11:00 am

Western Folklife Center Members’ Show #1: Kitchen Party on the Prairies
1:00 - 2:15 pm
DW Groethe, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Rodney Nelson and Doris Daley

Gather ‘Round
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Rodney Nelson, Mike Hurwitz & the Aimless Drifters and Dave Stamey

99% Free Range Poetry
8:30 - 10:00 pm
Wally McRae, Randy Rieman, Vess Quinlan, Jerry Brooks, Doris Daley, Joel Nelson, Shadd Piehl and Ross Knox

Friday, January 29

Western Folklife Center Members’ Show #2: The Legacy of Glenn Ohrlin
11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Randy Rieman, Brigid Reedy, Sourdough Slim, Don Edwards and Andy Hedges

Painting the West In Music and Watercolor
2:00 - 3:15 pm
3hattrio and William Matthews

We Pointed Them North
6:30 - 8:00 pm
DW Groethe, Wylie Gustafson & Sam Platts, Pipp Gillette, Don Edwards and Ed Peekeekoot

The Northern Home Ranch Today
8:30 - 10:00 pm
Stephanie Davis, DW Groethe, Wylie Gustafson, Henry Real Bird, Ryan Fritz, Patricia Frolander and Brigid Reedy.

Saturday, January 30

Banjo in the CowCamp
10:00 -11:00 am
Robert Armstrong, Hal Cannon and Pipp Gillette

Ranch Family Show
3:00 - 4:15 pm
Don Edwards, Luke Reed and Amy Hale Auker

Standing In for Ian
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Michael Martin Murphey & the Rio Grande Band and friends

A Swingin’ Saturday Night
8:30 - 10:00 pm
Sourdough Slim & Robert Armstrong and Hot Club of Cowtown

 

 

 


 

 

  From a January 19, 2016 release:

 

The 32nd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Begins Next Week

Annual event celebrates the Northern Plains of US and Canada


Elko, NV—The 32nd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering starts Monday, January 25, and runs through Saturday, January 30, in the high desert town of Elko, Nevada. An international arts and cultural festival that celebrates what it means to be connected to earth, land and big sky country of the American West, the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering brings together an international audience united in their passion for all things Western.

At the 32nd Gathering, nearly 50 poets, musicians and musical groups from the U.S. and Canada will perform on seven stages at four different venues. The line-up includes Don Edwards, Michael Martin Murphey, Waddie Mitchell, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Dave Stamey, Stephanie Davis, Wally McRae, Paul Zarzyski, Elizabeth Ebert, Hot Club of Cowtown, Wylie Gustafson and many more. Produced by the Western Folklife Center, the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering also features hands-on workshops in traditional Western arts including hatmaking, leather carving and traditional foodways, as well as Western dances, films, open-mic sessions, and discussions about topics of importance to the rural West. Visit www.westernfolklife.org for a full list of artists, bios and audio samples.

The 32nd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering spotlights the Northern Plains of the US and Canada, famous for short summers and punishing winters, but also for hardy people, excellent cattle, and fine bucking horses and bronc riders. Sixteen ranchers, poets, musicians and artists from the Northern Plains will perform at the event to celebrate this land of enveloping horizons and expansive hearts. A special exhibition in the Western Folklife Center’s Wiegand Gallery will present an artful view of the Northern Plains through photography, illustrations, paintings and handcrafted work. Tickets to the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering can be purchased online at www.westernfolklife.org.

 


 

  From a January 12, 2016 release:

Conservation and Stewardship Discussions Important Part
of the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Elko, NV—The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is not just about poetry and music. For more than 20 years, the Western Folklife Center has been hosting sessions that bring people together to discuss common concerns and find creative solutions to issues of resource conservation and land stewardship in the West. The 32nd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, which takes place January 25-30, in Elko, Nevada, is no different.

"The Gathering serves as a trusted venue for informing and discussing current issues affecting land stewardship and the environment throughout the West,” explains Western Folklife Center Executive Director David Roche. “We believe in a shared purpose and common goals for our community, arising from an exchange of diverse views. We consider it our role as a regional cultural leader to host these forums and panels and are pleased to have this opportunity again this year."

Stewardship discussions at the upcoming National Cowboy Poetry Gathering include:

Nurturing Great Riparian Plains
Riparian areas are some of the most productive landscapes on our ranges. Managing them is an ongoing process of doing more good than bad, which means first learning to recognize the difference. This panel will: explore the process of assessing whether riparian areas are healthy and functioning properly; share tools for how to manage them in balance; and hear from ranchers about their experiences assessing and managing these sensitive ecosystems. The discussion will be led by ranchers and Nevada land managers with years of experience helping landowners and ranchers assess and manage riparian areas. This session is free and open to the public and presented in collaboration with the Northeastern Nevada Stewardship Group and Nevada Creeks and Communities, and funded with support from the Timken-Sturgis Foundation.

Experiments in Land Stewardship
Revisiting the ways of the past can sometimes lead to breakthroughs for the future. Ranchers and Native Americans are experimenting with ways to benefit from or at least coexist with animals that have meant trouble in the past. Can ranchers partner with beavers to restore riparian areas? Is it possible for cattle to coexist with wolves while minimizing predation? Will returning buffalo to tribal lands reestablish hope for Indian people? Participants in this discussion will share personal stories of experimentation—with sometimes fascinating results—as they seek solutions toward supporting thriving, healthy western lands and ranching communities.

Ranching with Predators
Montana rancher and wildlife biologist Hillary Anderson will discuss different forms of ranch and livestock management as strategies for making livestock less vulnerable to predation while also benefiting the ranch in many other ways. Hillary’s ranch experiments with tools such as: range riders, herding and low stress stockmanship, temporary electric fence, fladry, carcass removal, remote field cameras, hazing techniques and general wildlife tracking. They also work very closely with neighbors, state and federal agencies and many NGO funders throughout multiple ranching communities to help accomplish their goals.

 


 

  From a January 6, 2016 announcement:


Sun and Saddle Leather: a New CD of Classic Western Verse by Charles Badger Clark

The Western Folklife Center is pleased to offer a special CD commemorating the 100th anniversary of the publication of Charles Badger Clark's Sun and Saddle Leather, a humble book of western verse published in 1915 that quickly became a classic, and has since helped define the genre of American cowboy poetry. The songs and recitations on the CD were all recorded at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

Badger Clark may be best known (nowadays) for writing "A Cowboy's Prayer," a work that became so popular and widespread that Clark's authorship was largely forgotten—the poem was often credited to "Anonymous." Since the first Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko in 1985, scores of poets and musicians from all over the west have recited Badger Clark's poems and put them to music in creative, heartfelt and beautiful ways.

The CD features 22 tracks (over 74 minutes) of Clark's best loved works. A 24-page booklet with the CD contains an essay about Badger Clark written by folklorist Elaine Thatcher, as well as words to all the poems as published by Badger Clark between 1915-1922. The CD is being released in conjunction with the 2016 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering's celebration of life in the Northern Plains.

The
Sun and Saddle Leather CD is $25.00 and is currently available in the Western Folklife Center Gift Shop. You can call and order your copy today at 888-880-5885 or pick one up at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, January 25-30.

 

 


 


  From a January 6, 2016 newsletter:

Full Daily Gathering Schedule Available Online

The
full daily schedule for the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is now available online. You can view it in a mobile app on your computer or mobile device, or download it in PDF form from our website. Either way, you will find a multitude of poetry and music performances, workshops, films, discussions, dances and more. We had some last-minute changes, most importantly the news that Ian Tyson's voice was not up to the challenge so soon after his recent surgery. His friends and colleagues, Michael Martin Murphey and Don Edwards, stepped in to take his Friday and Saturday night shows.

The mobile app (Sched) can be downloaded to your mobile device or you can open it on your computer here:
https://32ndnationalcowboypoetrygat2016.sched.org/. With the app you can sort by type of event, artist, speakers and even see the attendees who are using the app. And you can create your own personalized schedule for the Gathering.

If you want to open and download the schedule in a PDF, visit the
Daily Schedule page on the Gathering website. Enjoy!


Share Your Story on Storycorps.me Mobile App

Do you have a friend, family member or mentor that you’ve always wanted to interview and record? Do you know someone with compelling stories about their life and experiences? Beginning at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, you can honor your loved ones by recording and sharing their stories in the
StoryCorps booth in the Western Folklife Center’s Wiegand Gallery. The Folklife Center has teamed up with StoryCorps to give you two options for capturing the wisdom of our Western community.

Option 1: Come to the StoryCorps Booth in the Western Folklife Center’s Wiegand Gallery during the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, or some other time during the year. A volunteer or staff member will guide you through preparing questions, recording and uploading your conversation. You will be able to make an appointment online or by visiting the Wiegand Gallery.

Option 2: Download the
Storycorps.me app to your mobile device and record your conversation in the privacy of your home. To learn how it works and to download the app, visit storycorps.me and click on the “App Store” or “Google Play.” After recording your interview, enter the keyword: westernfolklife.

Interviews will become part of the StoryCorps.me website, the Western Folklife Center’s Archive, and the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Funded with support from ArtPlace America.

Bid on "Ultimate" Western Cultural Experiences in Online Auction



Online Auction

In conjunction with the 2016 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, the Western Folklife Center is conducting an
online auction of four "Ultimate" Western Experiences, custom-designed to be amazing Western cultural adventures! You do not want to miss out on these once-in-a-lifetime opportunities developed just for the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering audience.

Imagine yourself:
1) visiting a cow camp in the Big Horn Mountains and the Flitner's Diamond Tail Ranch in Cody, WY, and meeting Longmire author Craig Johnson;
2) enjoying a musical and cultural adventure with Hal Cannon and Teresa Jordan and acclaimed artists and musicians of the beautiful Zion National Park area;
3) indulging in an Elko County weekend at the beautiful Maggie Creek and Keddy Ranches, sharing Basque meals and visiting Waddie Mitchell at his home; or
4) spending a delightful weekend on the Spider Ranch in Yavapai County, Arizona, with hosts Gail Steiger and Amy Hale Auker.

Visit
westernfolklife2016.eflea.ca for more detail on each trip and to bid on these items today! Bidding starts at $1,500 per trip and each trip is limited to four people. You will need to register in order to bid. The auction will conclude at 5:30 pm. Saturday, January 30, at the end of the Silent Auction at the 32nd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

Please share this with your family and friends who might be interested in these exciting trips. Happy bidding!


Video Broadcast of Gathering is Back in 2016

We are pleased to report that thanks to a grant from the Elko County Recreation Board, the video broadcast (aka Cybercast) of the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering will be back for the 2016 Gathering. We will be filming most performances in the Elko Convention Center Auditorium with high definition cameras and then uploading them to YouTube. These videos will not be broadcast live so that we can bring you higher quality, HD footage. You will be able to access them through the
Western Folklife Center website or directly on our YouTube channel. We will keep you apprised of exactly what performances will be filmed and approximately when each one will be uploaded and available for viewing.


 


 


 

  From the Western Folklife Center (www.westernfolklife.org):

The 32nd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, January 25-30, 2016, in Elko, Nevada, spotlights the flowing grasslands, vast open spaces and indigo skies of the Northern Plains. From the Rocky Mountains to the Dakotas, from the sandhills of Nebraska to the grasslands of Saskatchewan, this expansive land of prairie and woodlands is one of the top cattle producing regions in the world. It is famous for short summers and punishing winters, but also for hardy people, excellent cattle, and fine bucking horses and bronc riders. The  Western Folklife Center, producer of the Gathering, will present nearly 50 performers at the event, including 16 ranchers, poets, musicians and artists from the Northern Plains of the U.S. and Canada, who will share and celebrate this land of enveloping horizons and expansive hearts.

“The Northern Plains are a “hot spot” for cowboy poetry,” says Yvonne Hollenbeck, a rancher and poet living near Winner, South Dakota, and a regular performer at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. “From the many drovers who penned rhymes about their cowboying days with thousands of head of cattle grazing on the lush green pastures, to the beloved early 20th century poet Badger Clark, to modern-day poets such as Wally McRae and Elizabeth Ebert.”

The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is an international arts and cultural festival that celebrates what it means to be connected to earth, land and big sky country of the American West. Montana cowboy poet Wally McRae called it “Cowpoke Woodstock,” the coming together of folks united in their passion for all things Western. And, after 31 years, the Elko Gathering still sets the standard for artistic quality, seamless production and big-hearted joyfulness. At the 32nd Gathering, nearly 50 poets, musicians and musical groups from the U.S. and Canada will perform on seven stages at four different venues [find a complete list below] Visit www.westernfolklife.org for a full list of artists, bios and audio samples.

The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering also features hands-on workshops in traditional Western arts including hatmaking, leather carving and traditional foodways, as well as Western dances, films, open-mic sessions, and discussions about topics of importance to the rural West. A special exhibition will present an artful view of the Northern Plains through photography, illustrations, paintings and handcrafted work.

The keynote address at the 32nd Gathering will be delivered by Dan Flores, a cultural and environmental historian of the plains. In his work, Flores takes a longue duree approach, accounting for both history and the present, so that today’s westerners can more effectively make decisions that are best for the long-term health of the land.

The poster artwork for the 32nd Gathering is from Comes Back, by Donald F. Montileaux, an Oglala Lakota ledger artist. Ledger art is a Northern Plains Indian art form that refers to the accounting ledger books that were a common source of paper for the Plains Indians from the 1860s to the 1940s. Montileaux has rekindled ledger art with a collection of striking images that capture the unique Lakota ways of life.

Tickets to the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering can be purchased online at
www.westernfolklife.org, or by calling 888-880-5885. Western Folklife Center members can purchase tickets now, and non-members can purchase tickets beginning October 8.

Posted 9/10

 



 
The Western Folklife Center has announced the performers for the 32nd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, which takes place January 25-30, 2016 in Elko, Nevada.

Those invited performers are (first-time invitees are noted with *): 3hattrio*, Virgin, UT; Gary Allegretto & Ian Espinoza, Los Angeles, CA; Amy Hale Auker, Prescott, AZ; Adrian "Buckaroogirl," Ventura, CA; Jerry Brooks, Sevier, UT; Marleen Bussma*, Dammeron Valley, UT; Maria Campbell*, Saskatoon, SK, Canada; Doris Daley, Black Diamond, AB, Canada; Stephanie Davis, Austin, TX; John Dofflemyer, Lemon Cove, CA; Elizabeth Ebert, Lemmon, SD; Don Edwards, Hico, TX; Thatch Elmer, Bear River, WY; Dom Flemons*, Phoenix, AZ; Ryan Fritz*, Melville, SK, Canada; Patricia Frolander*, Sundance, WY; Pipp Gillette, Crockett, TX; DW Groethe, Bainville, MT; Wylie Gustafson, Conrad, MT; Andy Hedges, Lubbock, TX; Yvonne Hollenbeck, Clearfield, SD; Hot Club of Cowtown, Austin, TX; Mike Hurwitz & the Aimless Drifters*, Alta, WY; Ross Knox, Midpines, CA; Bonnie Krogman*, Wood, SD; Bill Lowman, Sentinel Butte, ND; Slim McNaught*, New Underwood, SD; Wally McRae, Forsyth, MT; Waddie Mitchell, South Fork, NV; Michael Martin Murphey, Pueblo, CO; Terry Nash*, Loma, CO; Joel Nelson, Alpine, TX; Rodney Nelson, Almont, ND; Ed Peekeekoot, Crofton, BC, Canada; Shadd Piehl, Mandan, ND; Sam Platts & The Kootenai Three*, Pony, MT; Vess Quinlan, Florence, CO; Henry Real Bird, Garryowen, MT; Luke Reed*, Santa Fe, NM; Brigid Reedy, Boulder, MT; Randy Rieman, Dillon, MT; Trinity Seely, Ashby, NE; R.P. Smith, Broken Bow, NE; Sourdough Slim & Robert Armstrong, Paradise, CA; Dave Stamey, Orange Cove, CA; Gail Steiger, Prescott, AZ; Ian Tyson, Longview, AB, Canada; T. Scot Wilburn & the Shut Up -N- Playboys*, Spokane, WA; and Paul Zarzyski, Great Falls, MT.

The list is posted here at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering site.

 

Visit the Western Folklife Center for complete information, performer bios
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