Odds And Ends

The Stardells
The Stardels

Does anyone know who The Stardels were?? Finally this question was answered by Fred Hauck….it was a band from Calgary that included piano player Ron Barge, also known as Buckshot, who had a long running and hugely popular children’s show on CFCN TV for many years.

Cecil Ziebart
Cecil Ziebart

This is a little hard to read but it is a record by Cecil Ziebart called the Shoemaker’s Waltz.  I believe Cecil was an accordion player specializing in old time  music but I don’t know  much more about him.  ( Anyone have any further information??)

 

The Workshop
The Workshop

This photo of the group The Workshop was taken in Calgary in 1970 and features two Medicine Hat 1960s music scene alumni who had moved to Calgary in the late 60s . This group was active in the very vibrant bar and club circuit in Calgary. L to R…..Ron Mayer (drums) (see The Cavaliers , The Crescendos )  Drew Shand (keyboards) (see The Cavaliers) and two veteran Calgary club players Rob Bateman (bass ) and Derek Wenham (guitar). Below is a rather humorous note I received from Drew Shand after he saw this posting . Anyone who went to University or SAIT in Calgary and drank beer in the Highlander Tavern can relate to this story.

“Such a fitting designation for the photo of The Workshop.  We were indeed a collection of odds and ends; two Medicine Hat boys, a cool Toronto bass player, and a whacko Englishman on guitar.  My enduring memory of that time is the closing set at the Highlander.  We were under orders from Willie, the bar manager, to a take a break no later than 10:15 so they could load up the tables for last call, and then do a short set before they kicked everyone out.  By that time the place was just a drunken zoo, so our last set in its entirety was often a 15-20 minute jam on Evil Ways.  It became an utterly absurd free-for-all on the order of standing on my bench and “playing” the organ with my feet.  One night when it was time for Derek’s guitar solo, he reached in his pocket and pulled out a yo-yo.  He proceeded to perform a program of pro-level tricks of the Cat’s Cradle level of difficulty.  Around The World was just a warmup (and almost wiped out a few beer glasses in the front row).  Of course the drunks went crazy, and the yo-yo solo became a regular fixture of our closing set.  We eventually learned that the “amazing” Derek was a bona fide yo-yo champion and had actually been employed by a leading manufacturer as a professional to travel around and do demonstrations.  Fun times.”

Ron Mayer
Ron Mayer

After leaving Medicine Hat in the late 60s drummer Ron Mayer spent several years on the road and worked out of Calgary before returning to Medicine Hat in the early 1970s to play with all the popular local tavern bands. See (The Cavaliers, The Crescendos )

 

Susan and Lyndell
Susan and Lyndell

This is a photo found in the 1965 MHHS yearbook  and shows Susan Palmer and Lyndell Okranitz( Sp ??), two young ladies that were involved in the folk side of the music scene in Medicine Hat.

Travellin' Lite
Travellin’ Lite

 This is a photo of the group Travellin’ Lite from the mid 1970s but has players that we have no other pictures for and  that were active in the 1960s . Far left is Gwenda Spackman, sister of Ray and Wayne Spackman. Gwenda played drums and it is said that she may have played the local bars while a day or two underage in the late 60s. (Oh no!!) In the centre is vocalist and guitar player Len Kornelson (sp?) . The other two are veterans Ed Sehn and Harry Heckenliable ( see Ed Sehn , Harry Heckenliable )