Minden Hoe Down Country Music

Country Music Hoe Down

  • Coming to the Minden Arena
  • Saturday August 13, 2011
  • Tradition Country toe tapping Country music
  • Tickets are $40.00 and that includes a delicious buffett dinner
  • Doors open at 5 pm, Dinner 6 pm and entertainment starts at 7 pm.
  • You can purchase tickets by calling Canoe FM. http://www.canoefm.com/
  • Canoe FM takes cash, cheques, visa and mastercard.
  • Contact: Roxanne Casey Tel: 705-457-9603 Fax: 705-457-9522
  • Email: roxanne@canoefm.com
Country Music Hoe Down Minden Arena

Top Section of Flyer From The Haliburton Highlands Visitor Centre

Tickets are also available at Cranberry Cottage and the Haliburton County Tourism Office on Hwy 35.

  • Proceeds go to support community radio – 100.9 Canoe FM.
  • Doors open at 5pm, Dinner 6 pm and entertainment starts at 7 pm

The evening will feature Johnny Burke and Eastwind, Linsey Beckett and Juno Award Nominee Paul Weber.

Country Music A Little History

Country music or some call it country and western is a blend of traditional and popular US musical forms traditionally found in the Southern United States and the Canadian Maritimes that evolved rapidly beginning in the 1920s.

Country music produced two top selling solo artists of all time in the United States. Elvis Presley, who was known early on as “the Hillbilly Cat” and was a regular on the radio program Louisiana Hayride,[2] went on to become a defining figure in the emergence of rock and roll. With 129.5 million albums sold, Presley is the top-domestic-selling solo artist in U.S. history. Contemporary musician Garth Brooks, with 128 million albums sold, is the second best-selling solo artist in U.S. history.

In my day country was with the likes of Johnny Cash, do you remember him, “I Walk The Line” or Carl Perkins with  “Blue Suede Shoes”. Later came country artists Tammy Wynette and Charlie Rich. Singer and songwriter Clint Black would usher in a brand new sound that would define much of country music for the 1990s and beyond.


Johnny Burke and EastWing

Johnny Burke and Eastwing will be at the Minden Hoe Down

Johnny Burke born Jean Paul Bourque in the French Acadian community of Rosaireville, New Brunswick, Canada.

Early 60’s Johnny moved to Toronto,  right away started performing in a country and rock group called Johnny and the Bees.

Shortly thereafter he joined another group called the Blue Valley Boys, his first professional job.

Landed a gig at the famous Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto and for the next four years backed name artists such as Lefty Frizzell, Tex Ritter, Loretta Lynn, Red Foley, Charley Pride, Stringbean, Dottie West, Mel Tillis, Conway Twitty, Waylon Jennings, Glen Campbell, Bobby Bare and Carl Smith.

Country Music Hall, hosted by Carl Smith, began on the CTV national network, Johnny, along with his guitar player, were chosen from the Blue Valley Boys to back Carl on the show.

For the next 3 years Johnny played bass on the Country Music Hall and was later invited to appear as a guest artist.

In 1967 Johnny formed the Caribou Showband and for the next seven years Johnny hosted a syndicated televison show called At The Caribou.

Later In 1972 the Caribou Showband changed it’s name to Eastwind which later became the houseband on the CTV network show The Funny Farm.

Although Johnny and his band spent a great deal of time backing up other name artists, including a seven year engagement on the syndicated Opry North Show, Johnny himself developed a loyal following of fans with his own pure country voice.

His hit record Wild Honey was named single of the year in 1978 and his records became top sales items across the country.

Johnny Burke’s vocal style gives the traditional country sound a unique flavour.

Few can match his talent for song presentation.

He has ‘twang’ and feel and a sincerity that shines through every lyric.

The pleasure he derives while performing spills over to his audience and back to the stage.

It is always evident that Johnny Burke truly loves to entertain.

  • 1975-Top Country Group/Big Country Awards
  • 1978-Top Country Single “Wild Honey”/ Big Country Awards
  • 1978-Top Instrumental Group/Big Country Awards
  • 1979-Top Instrumental Group/Big Country Awards
  • 2005-Inducted into New Brunswick Country Music Hall of Fame

14 Albums to date of his own (although he has performed on countless others)

Johnny has performed on The Grand Ole Opry, Wrap Around Nashville, Nashville Now, and Nashville Network.

Information Source – http://www.johnnyburke.com/


Linsey Beckett

Linsey Beckett will be at the Minden Hoe DownLinsey Beckett has performed on numerous stages across Canada and parts of the United States.

Awing audiences with her toe tapping fiddle styles, energetic step dancing and contagious smile.

The tradition of fiddling has been passed down through many generations in Linsey’s family.

Linsey regularly performs with her family band, The Beckett Family, who have been credited for their traditional country music from Western Swing to Bluegrass, and their Canadian Old Tyme fiddle sound, making them a popular attraction at festivals.

Linsey started touring with the Don Messer Jubilee Tribute show at the young age of 13, performing for over 200 shows in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and the Eastern Provinces.

Linsey performed as the guest fiddler and step dancer, and in her last year with the production, was featured in the lead role.

Linsey has won many fiddle awards, including the Ontario Junior Fiddle championship, and has shared many duet championships with her brother, Tyler.

Linsey continues to play with a variety of traditional fiddle, country and contemporary acts, including the ‘Beckett Family,’ Kevin Collins show (Nfld), GM Patterson show (Tenn.), Scott Woods show and Magnum.

Currently, Linsey is balancing her performance career with her studies in geography and music at Sir Wilfrid Laurier University.

Information Source – http://www.bowfire.com/cast/23-linsey-beckett


Paul Weber

Paul Weber will be at the Minden Hoe DownPaul Weber (pronounced: Weeber) was born and raised in Kitchener, Ontario.

As the youngest of five children he got his first taste of Country Music playing flat-top guitar and singing in the “Weber Family Band”.

In 1974, Paul turned to music on a full-time basis as a bass playr and vocalist for Joe Firth and Promised Land.

He toured Canada for seven and a half years playing just about every honky-tonk in the country.

In early 1981 Paul decided it was time to set out on his own.

Entering the recording studio in February under the sure-hand guidance of Dallas Harms, Paul Weber cut his first solo album, TWO BITS WORTH OF HURTIN’.

On the strength of that fine outing, Paul Weber became a first-round contender for two Academy of Country Music Awards: New Artist of the Year and Album of the Year.

In March of 1983, Paul was nominated for a Juno Award as the top Country Male Vocalist of 1982.

In the fall of 1983, Paul was nominated in 3 categories by the members of the Academy of Country Music: Vista Rising Star; Single of the Year for “WHERE BEAUTY LIVES IN MEMORY”; and also Album of the year for “TWO BITS WORTH OF HURTIN’ ”.

The rise may look fast but the songs come from experience.

His nation-wide touring with the band TOP HAND have wond PAUL WEBER new fans wherever he plays, wherever people like their Country straight from the heart and delivered with soul.

Ten years ago Paul left the road to own and operate the Commercial Tavern in the village of Maryhill, Ontario, located half-way between Guelph and Kitchener, north of Highway #7.

The Commercial Tavern is a restaurant and tavern built in 1854 where Paul and his wife Sylvia strive to promote and preserve live traditional country music.

Paul continues to write and hopes to get back into the studio at least one more time to cap off a fulfilling and successful life and career.

Paul was recently honoured by the CKNX Barn Dance Historical Society with the Barn Dance Pioneer Award, and award also presented to his father Smoky Weber before he passed away.

You’ll love every minute of this LEGEND OF COUNTRY MUSIC’S performance.

Information Source – http://www.ccmr.ca/artist/paulweber.html

Now that you know a little more about the performers are you going to the Minden Hoe Down? If your a country music lover you won’t want to miss it.

Enjoy the Event

  • Minden Country Music Hoe Down
  • Tickets are $40.00 and that includes a delicious buffett dinner
  • Saturday August 13, 2011
  • Minden Arena
  • Proceeds go to support community radio – 100.9 Canoe FM.
About The Author


Country life was always a factor when we looked for a place to live, so back in 2002 Heather and I quit our city jobs and purchased a small Country Resort on Halls Lake in the Haliburton Highlands of Ontario Canada. We live on the resort grounds and enjoying helping people with their all season vacation and Family Reunion planning. Our Blog supports resort guests and visitors to the area by letting them know all the things happening in the Haliburton Highlands in order to get the most out of their vacation or weekend getaway. We'll be happy to help you find what your looking for in the Haliburton Highlands. May it be things to do, places to eat, family activities, sites to see, cottages for rent or sale, almost anything to do with the Haliburton Highlands.

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