The Gordie West Band - Memorable Country & Western Music

Gordie West and Mike Dygert make up the Gordie West Band

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Lettin' the cat outta the bag
is a whole lot easier than
puttin' it back in.

       Gordie West

  • Gordie was raised on a ranch near Acme, Alberta and began playing the local dance halls in his early teens.

  • He spent his early years touring Alberta as a lead vocal for a country band and in 1976 struck out for England as the "Calgary Cowboy". Gordie has promoted the Calgary Stampede, Alberta and Canada throughout the British Isles, Europe, Scandinavia, the Orient and much of North America.

Gordie West Gordie West                

photo by Jerry Stainer

  • He has released five albums in Britain covering a varied repertory of country, rock, easy listening, ballads and sing-a-long music.

  • In the early 1990's Gordie returned to his home in Calgary and in 2003 moved to his ranch north of Kamloops BC where he lives with his wife, Shirley.

  • When he is not "playing and singing" he spends his days as a Tour Director showing visitors from abroad the wonders of our county.

 

Mike Dygert
Mike Dygert                

photo by Donna Smith

       Mike Dygert

  • Mike Dygert also hales from Alberta ranch stock; his father grew up on ranches in southern Alberta.

  • Mike lives in Cold Lake, Alberta - an three hours northeast of Edmonton.

  • He too has a thirst for the stories of the old west, a dry wit that will have you wondering "where'd he come from?" and "How the heck did he get there?".

  • When he's not away doing what he loves (playing or Riding his motorcycle), Mike helps his 90+ year old parents enjoy their life in their own home.

       The Gordie West Band

- so here's how it all began ... Some number of years back, Gordie West was singing his heart out on the Calgary Stampede Mobile Stage ... and the sound technician working in the back of the stage was none other than Mike Dygert. On a break the two got to talking and Gord discovered that Mike played guitar and bass and liked to play country and cowboy music. Mike invited himself along on Gord's next engagement, Gord found he wasn't a half-bad guy to have around, the audiences loved the interaction between the two, and so The Gordie West Band was forged!

To give you an idea of the versatility of the band, over the years the two have travelled to both ends of the continent - singing, playing, spinning delightful tales, amusing and delighting audiences everywhere they've been. They continue to promote the Calgary Stampede and have been as far away as Hong Kong. For 12 years they were featured at the Calgary Stampede's Frontier Pavilion, a corporate sponsorship venue on Stampede Park. They have travelled with the Stampede's Caravan Committee to such places as Ottawa, Crowsness Pass, Rocky Mountain House and Edmonton. They have played on the Stampede parade float in the Stampede parade and in Red Deer and Edmonton. They have been feature acts at cowboy festival across the west including Calgary, Pincher Creek, Vernon and Kamloops. They continue to be a yearly favourites at Stampede Breakfasts in Calgary. AND they continue to find a host of private function to entertain at. Big or small - it don't matter the size of the audience - these two are up for it!

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