Joe & Barry

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Joe Hertz began playing violin at a young age, studying with a French-Canadian violinist from St. Paul, Alberta. He learned classical music as well as traditional fiddle tunes and in grade eight joined The Calgary Fiddlers. Since then, he has played in numerous groups, most notably David Wilkie’s Cowboy Celtic Joe and I have played music together since he first picked up the instrument  and he has played on both of my CDs.

    Prairie Dog Convention 

         Prairie Dog Convention are: Alex Koddo (mandolin, guitar, vocals), Barry Hertz (guitar, banjo, vocals), Karen Pollock (flute, vocals), Liz Recompsat (guitar, vocals), Neil Christoffersen (vocals), and not pictured, Paddy Byrne (fiddle, vocals).

Alex and Karen are steeped in the traditions of Celtic music. Alex was a key member of Connor's Revenge, and Karen played with the Celtic Rabbits for over 10 years. Alex is currently in the Bluegrass Club and St. Martins Music Group, and Karen performs with the quartet Diminished Fifth and our very own house band, The Rakes of Sunday.

Barry has recorded two beautiful and well-received country folk albums entitled “Sure Cure” and a “Cowboy’s Prayer”. Currently, he performs both as a solo act and with his son Joe Hertz of Celtic Cowboy fame. He is proud of having been invited to play at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada in January 2014.

Liz Recompsat has enjoyed playing guitar and singing in kitchen party music settings for many years.

Recording artist Big Cat Daddy (Neil Christoffersen) lends his powerhouse vocals to the evolving sound of Prairie Dog Convention.

The inimitable Paddy Byrne provides a sweet fiddle sound that spans traditional bluegrass, celtic and folk ballads.

In search of fun and adventure, these veteran performers went underground to jam and let off some steam. There they found themselves playing everything from Celtic to Cajun with intriguing detours in between. Prairie Dog Convention was born! Their music is drawn from Folk, Celtic, Contemporary, Traditional, and Blues styles, playing both covers and originals.


Copyright © Barry Hertz  2017