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Central Continental Cowpokes & Friends Reunion, Winnipeg, August 22, 2023

August 28th, 2023 · 4 Comments · Music

Poster by Frank McTruck  —  who did ‘Pokes posters in the ’70s



The Central Continental Cowpokes — Winnipeg Folk Festival, 1977
Laney Hunt, Rick McGhee, Sue Hodgson, Bill Hodgson, Andy Roblin


Sadly, regular Cowpoke drummer, mandolin player and singer Brian Ridd was in Europe this month, but he was ably filled in by longtime drummer friend-of-the-family Ron ‘Deep Torpedo’ Torpey. 

Here’s the sweet opening ‘soundcheck’ — Friend of The Devil — including a video tour around the first flush room — thanks to Ann La Touche —



Here’s the opening few songs thanks to Leora Kamehanaokala Almstrom —

You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere — (The Byrds)
Dark Hollow — (Bill Browning, made popular by The Grateful Dead)
I Am A Pilgrim — (traditional, via The Byrds)
I’m Going Back To Manitoba — (Andrew Roblin)
Why You Been Gone So Long(Mickey Newbury, via the Country Gazette)




Here’s the bulk of the first set thanks to Brian Humniski —

Dark Hollow — (Bill Browning, made popular by The Grateful Dead)
I Am A Pilgrim — (traditional, via The Byrds)
I’m Going Back to Manitoba — (Andrew Roblin)
Why You Been Gone So Long — (Mickey Newbury, via the Country Gazette)
Andy’s three hammer dulcimer songs:
Lucky Trapper’s Reel
— (Andy Dejarlis)
Ti-Jean Bouribale — (Reg Bouvette)
Red River Jig  — (traditional, arranged by Andrew Roblin)
Honky Tonkin’ — (Hank Williams)
Cut It Loose — (Robert Zaporzan) — Hodgson lead vocal
Bobby Starr’s first song — Trouble In Mind (Richard M. Jones, a blues standard made popular by Bertha ‘Chippie’ Hill, Dinah Washington & Nina Simone) 
Bobby Starr’s second song — Every Dark Cloud (Has A Silver Lining Shining Through) — with a Rick bass solo, then Andy takin’ it on the pedal steel
Bobby Starr’s third song


Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere — (Neil Young)
Freeborn Man!! — (Jimmy Martin)  — with Rick’s monster vocal performance!




Here’s a stand-alone clip of Bobby Starr’s second song — Every Dark Cloud (Has A Silver Lining Shining Through) — thanks to Ann La Touche —



Here’s the killer juice of the show — the bulk of the second set — thanks to Brian Humniski  — 

Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms — (traditional, via Flatt & Scruggs)
In My Hour of Darkness — (Gram Parsons) — Zap vocal
Tennessee — (Bill Monroe) — King vocal
Wake Up Little Susie — (Everly Brothers)
I’ve Just Seen A Face — (The Beatles)
Travelers On The Road — (the Andy Roblin masterpiece and title song of the new album)



How Can She Love Me When I Don’t Have A Car — the Ron Torpey hit
This Gettin’ Old Is Gettin’ Old — the new classic by Will Hodgson
Manitoba — Andrew’s homage to to our home
Henry (!) — (New Riders of The Purple Sage)
Love Is a Rose — (Neil Young)
I Can’t Hold Out (Talk To Me Baby) — (Willie Dixon) — a Dave Zilkie shines song
Not Fade Away — (Buddy Holly)
  —>  Call Me The Breeze — (J.J. Cale) — anutha Zilkie-friendly numbah
Sweet Choral (!) — Hodgson’s early classic
Band introductions  —  “Let’s make this an annual event!”
Up Against The Wall Redneck Mother — (Jerry Jeff Walker)  [first minute]


The show’s conclusion — the final 1:36 of  Up Against The Wall Redneck Mother

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Dave Zilkie, Rick McGhee, Andrew Roblin, Ron Torpey, Will Hodgson
photo by Brian Humniski


Cool video image collage by Ellen Steimel




Speaking of great Winnipeg musicians — here’s a song I wrote with the guy who formed The Guess Who — Chad Allan.

Here’s the tale of when The Grateful Dead playing my 30th birthday — and a buncha friends from Winnipeg were there.

My rock ‘n’ roll mom Enid ended up having a pretty close relationship with many of my musical friends — so here’s A Song of Enid I Sing I wrote for her.

And since this is about great music played in the ‘Peg — here’s the feature story I wrote for Relix magazine about the Festival Express tour and movie when The Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band and many others played there in 1970.



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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Will Hodgson // Aug 28, 2023 at 3:41 PM

    Very cool, mon! Nice to see it all laid out like that. I wish I had remembered to get Keith Macpherson up to sing and also to let Zap sing his own song.

    How about that collage that Ellen made?!

  • 2 Andrew Roblin // Aug 28, 2023 at 7:09 PM

    Thanks for your beautiful work and writing, Brian.

  • 3 Diana // Sep 2, 2023 at 1:24 AM

    That’s fantastic! Thanks, Brian. You have a really great website. I could browse around on here for hours! xxx ooo D.

  • 4 Ellen Steimel // Sep 22, 2023 at 9:00 PM

    Fantastic page, Brian! Thanks so much for sharing the Cowpokes spirit:).

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