Over the years I’ve done a variety of things as it says on the bio on the back of my novels. That’s one of the requirements when one is interested in artistic endeavours such as writing novels and playing music. Doing all those things has built some marvellous memories brought back with great strength when musician, Ray Gathercole posted these pictures. I don’t have pictures of this event and Ray has graciously allowed me to post them here.
The event in question took place
April 16, 1970 in the
(old and long gone) Charlie Lake Community Hall. A fellow musician (one of
those with a well paying steady job) had just taken a better position with a
petrochemical company in and was leaving our area. The local musicians,
(spear-headed by Gerry Chilli I believe who is pictured) rented the hall and
spent an afternoon acknowledging and honouring Butch Peterson, an exceptionally
fine guitar player. Grande Prairie, Alberta
Bob Slavik-steel, Ray Gethercole-guitar, Dave McGowan-rhythm&vocal, Gerry Chilli-drums
Lawson Clark-bass, (can't remember a name, Russ?), Buddy Clark-accordion, Lyle Lippert-guitar
A year before this event, during August and into September of 1969 some of those pictured toured from Dawson Creek, BC to Dawson City, YT where we played for “Discovery Days”. We played in almost every small community along the
Alaska Highway except for the capitol of the , Yukon .
Those who made the trip:
Gerry Chilli, drums.
accordion and bass
Shirley Clark, chief cook and door
Lawson Clark, bass
Chuck Gullion, pedal steel guitar
Dave McGowan, rhythm guitar, vocals.
Bob Slavik, lead guitar.
The steel Bob Slavik, is playing here, a
, he bought from Chuck who replaced it with a ShoBud. Rogers
The guitar I'm playing is a Gibson Humingbird which was a great unit I wish I still had although it was not as good as the Gibson J-45 it replaced.