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DICK DAMRON 

MEMBER: CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME

Dick Damron has been named named Best Canadian Songwriter seven times by BMI, twice named Foreign Artist of the Year in Europe and twice named Artist of the Year by Country Gazette magazine, distributed in Holland, Belgium, and Germany. And Country Music Man of the Year presented by the Canadian Rodeo Cowboys Association. Dick Damron is a proud member of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, Canadian Country Music Hall of Honour, Alberta Country Music Hall of Fame and the International Country Music Hall of Fame. Dick Damron also won the Big Country award as top country music composer in 1976, followed by the best male country singer award in the years 1977-1979. He won the Big Country best country single in 1997. He has won CCMA awards as best male vocalist (1983), instrumentalist (1985), entertainer (1989) and for best single in 1984. He was also inducted into the International Country Music Hall of Fame, in Texas. 

LARRY MERCEY

MEMBER: CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME

Larry Mercey grew up with music and played with his two brothers and recorded as the Mercey Brothers and in 1957 signing to Chateau Records, the Merceys made their first chart appearance in 1961. In 1966 with CTL/Columbia they had 4RPM chart topping singles in a row starting with 1966's "Whistle On The River". In 1970 they signed to RCA and another string of singles. They won Best Country Artist Junos for four years straight (1969-72). Their 1971 they went on a tour of England and an appearance on BBC television. In 1989 The Mercey Brothers were inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall Of Fame. The Larry Mercey solo career has kept the string of songs going and Larry continues to tour and record.  

STU PHILLIPS

MEMBER: CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME

Stu Phillips.is one of only two Canadian country music stars who are members of the GRAND OLE OPRY, the other artist is Terry Clark. Stu is a member of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame and an inspiration to generations of Canadian Country music stars. Stu is also a songwriter, and former broadcaster, 


    Early in his career Stu was known as 'The Traveling Balladeer,' Phillips sang as a youth on amateur radio shows in Montreal and at 16 worked his way west, appearing at rodeos and carnivals. He wrote many ballads and story songs based on Canadian history many were heard on his recordings. Stu Phillips sang Echoes of the Canadian Foothills that were published in a song book by BMI Canada in 1963. Other historic Phillips recordings from this period appeared on Rodeo's Banff and Canadian Cavalcade labels. 


    He began his TV career in the mid-1950s on CHCT-TV, Calgary, and appeared 1960-1 on CBC-TV's 'The Outrider.' While host 1961-5 for CBC Winnipeg TV's 'Red River Jamboree,' Phillips performed in the USA and recorded for Columbia. Moving to Nashville in 1965, he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1967 and had several hits with RCA . He also made the albums Singing' Stu Phillips (RCA) Grassroots Country (RCA), and Our Last Rendezvous (RCA LSP-4012). Stu continues today performing on radio, TV, and personal appearances throughout the USA and, on occasion, in Canada. 

RAY GRIFF

MEMBER: CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME

Ray Griff is a Canadian country music singer and songwriter from Vancouver, British Columbia. Griff began songwriting in the early 1960's and had early cuts by Johnny Horton, Jim Reeves, and others. Griff moved to Nashville in 1964 to pursue his music career full-time. His first records as a singer were released in the late 1960's and Griff had his first hit, "Patches", a remake of the Clarence Carter soul hit in 1970 which hit the top 30 in Billboard. Griff also recorded for Royal American and Dot Records. His success led to a contract with Capitol Records from 1975-1979 where Ray had eight more country top 40 hits, 


    Griff's success as a songwriter, however, has always overshadowed his recording work with over 700 songs recorded including the major hits "Canadian Pacific" for George Hamilton IV, "Who's Gonna Play This Old Piano" for Jerry Lee Lewis, and "Baby" for Wilma Burgess. Others who have had major hit record with Griff songs include Faron Young, Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton, Bob Luman, Gene Watson, Johnny Duncan, and several others. Griff returned to Canada in the late 1970's and remains active on the country music scene there as an artist, songwriter, and record producer. 

RONNIE PROPHET

MEMBER: CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME

Ronnie Prophet is a Canadian-born country musician and comedy performer. In his childhood, Ronnie Prophet lived in Calumet, Quebec and began performing at local venues in his youth. His successful musical career in the United States began in the mid-1960s. Prophet has also performed in numerous Canadian television productions in the 1970s including, "Grand Old Country" and "The Ronnie Prophet Show". Ronnie has also received many awards of recognition. Among them are the following, the 1978: Juno Award, Country Male Vocalist of the Year. the 1979: Juno Award as Country Male Vocalist of the Year 1980 and 1985: Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame and in 1999: Ronnie was named to the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. Ronnie now lives in Branson and continues to tour every year. 

SHARK and Co.

Motion Picture Composer / SINGER / Songwriter

Best known as a song writer and guitarist with the Alternative/Folk band Wild Colonials. The Wild Colonials music has been featured in over 30 different films, including Mr. Wrong, Unhook The Stars and The Last Supper. Coming fall 2010 the band has the end title song in the new Hilary Swank film Betty Ann Waters.

 

As a member of the Wild Colonials they have had three albums, Fruit of Life and This Can't Be Life on DGC/Geffen Records and a collection of their music as featured in films Reel Life vol. #1 released on the soundtrack label Chromatic Records. The band's new recordings have been  released on UMe/Universal. as four EP's over the course of the year under the umbrella name Life As We Know It. The band has toured nationally as headliners as well as the opening act for Los Lobos, Chris Isaak, Midnight Oil, Cyndi Lauper and The Kinks. The band headlined the second stage as part of the ground breaking first Lilith Fair '97 tour.

 

SHARK is a film composer who's film credits include the original scores for the full-length features... 

I Shot A Man In Vegas (Janeane Garofalo), Me & Will (Patrick Dempsey, Seymore Cassels), the Sundance Film Festival hit Dead Man's Curve (Matthew Lillard/Kerri Russell), The Spreading Ground (Dennis Hopper/Frederick Forest), Frozen Stars (Lana Parrilla) and How To Go Out On A Date In Queens (Jason Alexander/ Kimberly Williams-Paisley).


Singer-songwriter Shark is currently recording and mixing his solo album Greetings from LOST ANGELES, CA. Special guests on the album are gospel and country music legends and Elvis Presley's backing vocalists The Jordanaires.

SONGS FROM THE CAMPFIRE


DREAMS OF GOLD has gathered many of the most prolific and historic singer/composers of Canada (photos and credits listed below) and asked them to write and record their own songs about  gold mining, the North, and the legacy of the Gold Rush.


These songs honour the era with a new perspective  and spotlight many of those gold mining dreamers who went on to create the history of the Klondike - music and song to relive times gone by in a three CD collectors edition titled, "Songs of the Gold Rush Campfires".

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BACKGROUND


The hopeful gold miners  came to the Klondike from every part of North America and many parts of the world. As they made their way north the gold dreamers would often gather underneath the star filled skies for companionship and news of the day. The miners would build and keep alive the campfires  into the night on the shorelines of rivers and at campsites glowing deep in the Rocky Mountains. Many of their thoughts were put to melodies and rhymes and became the mining songs of the day.  The  mining stories were told and the poetry expressed and many would be indelibly memorized and performed again and again.


The traveling troubadours who were burning with the desire to obtain their own gold were for the most part unknown and would remain so. In a tradition that would live on after the campfire performances of their songs these composers and singers gathering to share their stories and music by the campfire's glow would not have any recordings to prove they once sang of the joys and hardships of life In 1897 as they searched for gold in the Klondike.

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