Canada’s Largest Travelling Barn Dance
at the
Grey Bruce Music Hall of Fame Auditorium
presented by
Hepworth Shallow Lake Legion – Branch 586
in association with
The Barn Dance Historical Society

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Seen in Hepworth on the way to the Legion

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The Stage is ready

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The audience is arriving

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Joanne Comeau & Lena Bartley taking care of the
reserved tickets and selling to those without

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Josie Petrie watching over the Legion’s Poppy tray
& Earl Petrie taking tickets from show goers

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A Welcoming Committee of
Jeff Simmons & Murray Bartley

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Mule Driver Jim Merriam and wife
Mary Ruth arriving for the show

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A photo-op with Paul Weber
just before the show starts

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Master of Ceremonies Jim Swan
heading to the stage to
start the show

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Now this is what you call properly
dressed for a Barn Dance,
Shirley Glousher from Chesley

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M.C. Jim Swan, the “voice of the Barn Dance”
explaining to the audience the premise
of the Barn Dance

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Some of the Barn Dance crew at the table
of Barn Dance merchandise and
CDs of other performers

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The Barn Dance Show Band performing
“Down Yonder” and “Flop Earred Mule”

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Mitchell’s own Randy Satchell is up first to do
“Down Yonder”, “Down Yonder” and “Down Yonder”

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Doug Dietrich on the Steel Guitar

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A photo-op with Larry Mercey

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A photo-op with Linsey Beckett

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Jim Swan spotlighting some of the band

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Lead Guitar Roger Williamson

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And another band member is...

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Bill Norris on Fiddle

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Jim announcing Naomi Bristow

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The first Heritage Award winner Naomi Bristow,
from Beeton, Ontario

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Naomi started with “You Ain’t Woman Enough”
 

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The lighting technician enjoying
the show from the back of the auditorium

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“Coat of Many Colours” and “Jolene” were also
Naomi’s presentations

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Grant Heywood on Drums doing
“What A Wonderful World” along with...

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Bill Norris on Fiddle and...

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Al Alderson on Bass Guitar

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Paul Weber starts his offering with
“Drinkin’ Champagne / Other Women”

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Legion Seniors Chair Molly Simon and partner
Entertainment Co-Chair George Coffin

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Legion President Joe Ferris and
1st Vice-President Len Thibeault

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Sergeant-at-Arms Murray Bartley and his wife Lena

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Paul’s next presentation is “A Shoman’s Life”

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As the audience thoroughly enjoys the music

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And finishes his set with “Jesus, It’s Me”

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Naomi sits with boyfriend also enjoying the music

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Linsey’s first tune was “Back Up & Push”

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Followed by “Listen to the Mockingbird”

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And finally “Maple Sugar” where...

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Her feet moved as fast as the bow strings
Linsey came by her talent naturally, playing with the Beckett Family Band, and
she and brother Tyler won both the Ontario and Canadian Duel Fiddle Championships.
Most recently she was across Canada on the Canada 150 Train with
Dean Brody, Kelly Prescott, Dallas Arcans and many more

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Larry Mercey from Ilderton, one of the
Mercey Brothers, Inducted to the
Bruce Grey Music Hall of Fame in 2016

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Larry first sang “Heart Over Mind”

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Paul Weber with his wife Donna
 

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Larry’s second contribution is
“Did You Hear My Song”
 

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Lary Mercey’s closing song before the intermission is “On My Father’s Side”

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Linsey Beckett and Bill Norris do a little
fiddling back-up for Larry Mercey

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John Beckett watching proudly as his
daughter Linsey performs on stage
INTERMISSION

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John Beckett having a talk with Steel Guitarist
Doug Dietrich as wife Tracey Dietrich listens in
 
 

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A photo-op with Fiddler Bill Norris
 

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A photo-op with Bass Guitarist
Al Alderson

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The Barn Dance Show Band (L-R) Bill Norris,
Fiddle; Roger Williamson, Lead Guitar;
Al Alderson, Bass; Doug Dietrich, Steel Guitar;
Grant Heywood, Drums; and MC Jim Swan

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A photo-op with Tyler Becket and his ??

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An audience member all ready for Hallowe’en
AND ON WITH THE SHOW

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Randy Satchell starts the second act with
“Legend in My Time” and “Climb Higher”

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And closes his set with “Two Little Girls”

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Now Randy can sit down and enjoy
the rest of the show

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Linsey Beckett again with
“Lord I Hope This Day is Good”

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Followed by
“St, Anne’s Reel / Mason’s Apron”

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And finally
“Orange Blossom Special”

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Where her feet were moving
as fast as the bow strings

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For her second set, Naomi Bristow did “She’s Got You”,
“Taught Me To Yodel” and “How Great Thou Art”

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It is hard to get a photo of
Drummer Grant Heywood ‘cause
he hides behind his drums

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Naomi was coming down as Paul was going up
when we caught them for a photo-op
The best kept secret within the Beckett Clan was this next presentation to Linsey Beckett.

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President of the Barn Dance Society,
Ruth Baxter, presenting the
Barn Dance Heritage Award to Linsey

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THE BARN DANCE HISTORICAL SOCIETY – BARN DANCE HERITAGE AWARD
OCTOBER 29TH, 2017, HEPWORTH, ONTARIO

On today’s show, we are continuing our series of Barn Dance Heritage awards, which we introduced last year to recognize the new generation of performers who are coming on the scene, but who are carrying on the authentic country traditions of “Canada’s Largest Travelling Barn Dance”.

Today we are honouring a very active multi-talented performer who has made several appearances on our Barn Dance shows, and who is certainly maitaining that authentic country music style!

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LINSEY BECKETT, who grew up in Kemble Ontario, near Georgian Bay, was always surrounded by music. The Beckett Family Band has spanned three generations of musicians who performed at dances and shows around the area. Along with her rother Tyler and the rest of the family, Linsey got right into music scne at a very early age. Since then, she has played with many groups, including a Don Messer tribute show which toured across Canada, the United States, and also in Europe.

Linsey is a very talented fiddler, step dancer and vocalist, with a great stage presence and personality. She always delivers great music and a very entertaining show!

We are very happy today to present this Barn Dance Heritage Award to Linsey Beckett, who is certainly carrying on the traditional music of Canada’s Largest Travelling Barn Dance!

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This tribute was written by Ron Coulthard
Secretary – Barn Dance Historical Society

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Sound man Wayne Greve
 

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Wayne Greve ‘Fome Both Sides Now’

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And sound man Scott Taylor
(looks more like a lighting man)

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Canada’s Largest Travelling Barn Dance
 

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Paul Weber doing “Cowboys Ain’t Supposed To Cry” and “She’s No Lady”

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Then Pual teams up with Naomi to sing>br> “You’re The Reason God Made Oklahoma”

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And after this Paul did a solo of
“I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”

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It was now Jim Swan’s turn to sing
and he did Red Sovine’s
“Phantom 309”
I was out on the West Coast, tryin’ to make a buck
And things didn’t work out, I was down on my luck
Got tired a-roamin’ and bummin’ around
So I started thumbin’ back East, toward my home town.

Made a lot of miles, the first two days
And I figured I’d be home in week, if my luck held out this way
But, the third night I got stranded, way out of town
At a cold, lonely crossroads, rain was pourin’ down.

I was hungry and freezin’, done caught a chill
When the lights of a big semi topped the hill Lord,
I sure was glad to hear them air brakes come on
And I climbed in that cab, where I knew it’d be warm.

At the wheel sit a big man, he weighed about two-ten
He stuck out his hand and said with a grin
“Big Joe’s the name”, I told him mine
And he said: “The name of my rig is Phantom 309.”

I asked him why he called his rig such a name
He said: “Son, this old Mack can put ‘em all to shame
There ain’t a driver, or a rig, a-runnin’ any line
Ain’t seen nothin’ but taillights from Phantom 309.”

Well, we rode and talked the better part of the night
When the lights of a truck stop came in sight
He said: “I’m sorry son, this is as far as you go
’Cause, I gotta make a turn, just on up the road.”
Well, he tossed me a dime as he pulled her in low
And said: “Have yourself a cup on old Big Joe.”
When Joe and his rig roared out in the night
In nothin’ flat, he was clean out of sight.

Well, I went inside and ordered me a cup
Told the waiter Big Joe was settin’ me up
Aw!, you coulda heard a pin drop, it got deathly quiet
And the waiter’s face turned kinda white.

Well, did I say something wrong? I said with a halfway grin
He said: “Naw, this happens every now and then
Ever’ driver in here knows Big Joe
But son, let me tell you what happened about ten years ago.

At the crossroads tonight, where you flagged him down
There was a bus load of kids, comin’ from town
And they were right in the middle, when Big Joe topped the hill
It could have been slaughter, but he turned his wheel.

Well, Joe lost control, went into a skid
And gave his life to save that bunch-a kids
And there at that crossroads, was the end of the line
For Big Joe and Phantom 309

But, every now and then, some hiker’ll come by
And like you, Big Joe’ll give ’em a ride
Here, have another cup and forget about the dime
Keep it as a souvenir, from Big Joe and Phantom 309!”

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Jim Swan giving the last song to Lerry Mercey

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And that was “Feels Like A New Man Tonight”

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And an encore with all performers on stage

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President Ferris thanking the audience of over 300

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The Heritage Award Certificate

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Linsey Beckett with her Heritage Award
and husband Kyle

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Tyler Beckett, mother Mavis Beckett,
Linsey Beckett and father John Beckett


A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE BARN DANCE

     In 1926, the late W.T. “Doc” Cruickshank founded one of the earliest radio stations in Southwestern Ontario, CKNX 920 AM. Like most stations, CKNX featured some recorded music and also some local live talent. These live performances evolved into the Barn Dance broadcast originally from the studios in Wingham, but when the late Johnny Brent came to CKNX in 1942 and became manager of the show, it became a travelling act, broadcasting from cities and towns all across the area. When television got going in the early 1950’s, CKNX-TV had a number of country music shows - Western Roundup, Circle 8 Ranch, Goodtime Country and others. To many performers Wingham became almost the Canadian equivalent of Nashville, Tennessee, and many great talents got their start there. Folks like Earl and Martha Heywood, Ross Mann, Don and Cora Robertson, Ernie King, Cactus Mac, Clarke Johnston and others who remained in the Wingham area were familiar names and faces to almost everyone in Southwestern Ontario. A few others, like Gordie Tapp, Tommy Hunter, fiddler Al Cherny, banjo king Maurice Bolyer and the Mercey Brothers travelled across Canada and the U.S.A. and became recognized wherever country music is heard.

     The Barn Dance remained on the air for over 25 years and is recognized in the Canadian Encyclopedia of Music (University of Toronto) as the longest lived radio show of its kind in the history of Canadian Broadcasting.

     Times changed however – the Barn Dance played its final show in 1963 and the TV shows disappeared in the early 1980’s, but that was not the end. Earl Heywood had a vision; he wanted to keep the music playing, and along with wife Martha, and the help of many friends with similar goals, the Barn Dance Historical Society and Entertainment Museum was formed. The Society has been producing new Barn Dance shows since 1996 and has established, with the help of a grant from Ontario's Trillium Foundation, a rapidly expanding museum in Wingham, featuring memorabilia from all forms of entertainment from past years across Southwestern Ontario.

     So here’s to the Pioneers who got it started and to the dedicated Barn Dance Historical Society members and country music lovers who are determined to keep it going!!

     Let the music play on!!!