Cowboy Fest 2016


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Their musical bond is as strong as their small town roots – Twin Kennedy, comprised of West Coast sisters Carli and Julie Kennedy, have been making music together since they could talk. With years of classical training, including their Bachelors Degrees in Music Performance from the University of Victoria, the sisters have found their home in country music. With Carli on guitar and vocals, and Julie on fiddle and vocals, these twins have been described as "Nothing Short of Awesome!" (Cashbox Magazine).
Twin Kennedy has toured extensively throughout Canada and the US, and recently returned with rave reviews from their Icelandic and Swedish debut as well as a cross-Canada tour in support of their debut LP. 2015 CCMA Award nominees, 9-time BCCMA Award nominees and 2015 John Lennon Songwriting Contest Grand Prize winners, Carli & Julie are known for their sibling harmonies, high energy show and heartfelt songwriting. With a new album “It's a Love Thing” released in Spring of 2015 and produced by multiple CCMA and JUNO award winning artist George Canyon, Twin Kennedy is "a Canadian country sensation" (Chek TV, Victoria).

Now well into his fifth decade as a professional musician and songwriter, Stewart MacDougall continues to be one of Alberta's most diverse performers. Before pursuing a solo career in 1997 he was best known for his keyboard and vocal work with Laura Vinson, k.d. lang, Ian Tyson, and Great Western Orchestra. His songs have been recorded by all of these artists and a number of others including Randy Travis. A later collaboration with Tyson produced the title song for Ian’s 2008 CD Yellowhead to Yellowstone and Other Love Stories. MacDougall’s discography includes three solo albums: Gathering Time, heresay and Ghost Trains. He also appears on the Alberta all-star compilation, Sorrow Bound: Hank Williams Re-Examined and The Gift, A Tribute to Ian Tyson, which features performances by various Tyson alumni and admirers.

Randy and Rai are a husband and wife duo whose singin’, songwritin’, storytellin’, with a little bit of crazy mixed in, sets them apart from other entertainers. Their soul desire is to connect with audiences through song and story, which are mostly all true. Sharing tales about their lives through their songs and stories sprinkled with humour (cause you can’t really make this stuff up) in a way that brings audiences in, creating an intimate setting, kind of like sitting around the kitchen table, with friends. The style of music they are most passionate about writing and performing is traditional country, because it’s straight-forward and to the point. They have currently recorded 3 CDs and are working toward their 4th, which is destined to be out by spring of 2017. Although Randy has been performing since 1987, the two of them have shared the stage for the last 8 years performing throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan, honing their craft as entertainers.

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Rodeo cowboy, pasture rider, wildlife artist, singer/songwriter, Ed Brown has the perfect background for an original storytelling approach. Poems from the absurd to the thought provoking, and songs influenced by various genres both musically and lyrically, combine to present a truly authentic western performance. In his capacity as a writer, his songs and poems have been performed by several other artists in both Canada and the US. An award winning performer, Ed Brown has headlined at all of the major cowboy festivals in Western Canada

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Bryan (Bj) Smith is an Equine Canada & Certified Horse Association riding coach. An experienced horse trainer, packer, coach, clinician, survival expert, Canadian Ski Patroller he has consulted 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 while instructing at the Lethbridge Community College Criminal Justice Program. He routinely guides groups of wilderness travellers on horseback through the Rockies, often on trips of a hundred miles or better. His skill and knowledge as a packer and horseman has been recognized by the Alberta Trail Riders Association and he has conducted clinics in Western Canada. His lectures and presentations are never boring or difficult to follow as Bj is a well known western entertainer. Winner of the Will Rogers Award for the Academy of Western Artists top Cowboy Poetry CD of the year and the international Cowboy Poetry Rodeo’s Silver Buckle, his performances have been featured at Cowboy Poetry Gatherings and Festivals throughout western Canada, the USA and on Cruise Liners.
For more information visit Bj’s website:

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Mag is an award-winning, western roots poet who was nominated in the Top Five for the 2015 and 2014 Western Music Assn. Award of Excellence for Cowgirl Poet of the Year, in the US. She also won the 2012 Cowgirl Poet of the Year for the Will Rogers Awards, sponsored by the Academy of Western Artists in the US. 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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