Network: CBC Television Network
Broadcast Run: 1960 to 1965
Broadcast Medium: Television
Aired Friday nights and/or Saturday nights from 1960 to 1965
Originally produced in Winnipeg, this regional program proved so successful that it was added to the network schedule in the summer of 1960. The show was usually seen on Friday nights during the summer and Saturday nights, before hockey, during the season.
Rather than feature performances of country music in a studio, this show tried a few remotes in the country-side, including a 100 year old ranch in Manitoba. Stories of Canada’s old west lent some authenticity to the music ,all under the leadership of producer, Perry Rosemond.
Stu Davis, singer and country musician, was the original host. He led his own band on the show and introduced special guests. Featured performers included Peggy Neville, Andy Anderson, Brian Flye, the Altones, the Selkirk Settlers and Ted Komar. A regular favourite each week, was a genuine square-dance called by Joe Johansson. The dance troupes were the Valley Beaux and the Belles, under the direction of Sam McConnell.
Canada’s Travelling Balladeer Stu Phillips replaced Davis for most of the series until 1965, when Reg Gibson took the job.
Written by John Corcelli – May, 2005