Three veterans of the Medicine Hat music scene L to R Ed Sehn (bass) Roy Vossler (guitar) Wally Vossler ( steel guitar). I don’t know if this configuration had a name or was just one of the many combinations of players working the clubs . The matching suits however, does imply an organized group. This photo would be from around 1970?? and appears to have been taken in the Park Lane Hotel. Wally was manager of the War Surplus Store on 3rd Street in the 60s and played with all the local bands. (See Elgin Mann). Ed Sehn is still musically active to this day in Medicine Hat after spending the 60s in the city and then spending a few years playing in Edmonton in the 70s before returning to Medicine Hat in 1976. (See The Cavaliers, The Renegades).
This is a very early photo of Ed Sehn circa 1961 playing with the Renegades which later morphed into The Cavaliers. Ed is playing a cool Silvertone guitar, at the time available from the Sears catalogue for about $39.00 and is now a huge collector’s item.
During the 60s and 70s Roy Vossler’s wife, Fay, would often appear with him and she had a great ear for harmony. This is a rather grainy (sorry!!) shot taken at the Park Lane hotel and has an outline of Ed Sehn on bass in the background. Just as a note of interest…..Roy went to Liverpool at the height of the British Invasion in about 1964. While there he wrote a number of very interesting original songs , some of which were put down on tape backed by the Cavaliers after his return to Medicine Hat. The tapes have managed to survive the past 50 plus years and below is an audio clip of one of the songs, “Blue Skies”. Today it is possible to have almost unlimited tracks to record but this session was done on a Grundig 2 track machine using only one microphone. What that means is , if one guitarist is too loud he has to turn down, if the drummer is too loud he has to play quieter or move further back , if one vocalist is too loud he has to move further from the mic. There is no capability to mix anything down later so the chosen take has to be perfect and may require a great number of takes. Personel on the recording….Guitars Ed Sehn, Klaas Craats, bass Ole Johnson, drums Ron Mayer, vocal Roy Vossler.
Blue Skies (audio)
Another shot of Roy and Fay Vossler on the stage of the Park Lane Hotel accompanied by Ed Sehn on bass and Wally Vossler on steel guitar. Today music in bars is taken for granted but in the 60s the introduction of music to taverns opened up a whole new field for local musicians.
A 1970s photo of Roy and Fay Vossler which is included here because there are so few photos from the 60s.