Shari Ulrich's "Trust Me" Series presents The Wardens

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Shari Ulrich's "Trust Me" Series presents The Wardens

The award winning trio of The Wardens, a favourite of the Trust Me Series, returns to Bowen with their multi-media evening of music & photos

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Tir-na-nOg Theatre School 585 Rivendell Drive Bowen Island, BC V0N 1G2 Canada

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The Wardens stories and mountain music rise from the very land they’ve protected as Canadian national park wardens collectively for over 50 years.

The band have performed widely across western Canada and in the US from Alaska to California. They've shared the stage with Blue Rodeo, Pharis & Jason Romero and Ian Tyson and performed at Folk Alliance International, Canmore Folk Festival's main stage and for a royal audience in Edmonton, Alberta.

RAY SCHMIDT

Songwriter, upright bass, mandolin, guitar

Ray founded The Wardens in 2009 with Scott Ward during the national park warden centennial after discovering the rich depth of music and stories within this region of Canada.

Translating the high lonesome sound of the Kentucky hills to those of the Rocky Mountains, Ray's vocals amplify the spirit of The Wardens' Mountain music. He has studied the upright bass with Missy Raines and mandolin under John Reischman. In 2021 he was nominated Traditional Singer of the Year for the Canadian Folk Music Awards.

Posted in Jasper National Park, Ray has worked in a number of parks including Banff, Glacier and Mount Revelstoke. He is currently working with grizzly bears and the abundance of wildlife that abounds in Jasper.

SCOTT WARD

Songwriter, fingerstyle guitar

A national park warden for over 30 years in Banff National Park, Scott's music stems from a life lived in the deep wilderness of the Canadian Rockies as a horseman, search-and-rescue dog handler and technical alpine specialist.

Evoking the haunting fingerstyle guitar of Gordon Lightfoot with the mystique and presence of Ian Tyson, Scott's music embodies Canadian authenticity.

Scott was awarded the Governor General' s Award for Exemplary Service as a Peace Officer.

SCOTT DUNCAN

Our Deputy Warden, Scott Duncan has played fiddle on stage with us since 2017 and his work is featured on the album "Sold Out at the Ironwood".

If you've seen us in concert anytime from 2017 on, there's a good chance Scott Duncan was with us. He's a sought after touring musician, working with John Wort Hannam Music, Samson's Delilah and his own project Delta Whiskey. But he likes joining The Wardens on the road so much that he makes every effort to be there when we need him. He is our journeyman musician, our ace-in-the-hole, our studio marksman.

His talents are evident, and it's possible his pedigree has something to do with it. His grandfather - Herb Duncan - played fiddle for over 100 years in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan. Scott would go down as a young kid and hang out with grandpa playing dances as long as he was allowed to stay up late. The early immersion with grandpa (as well as many years of hard practice and performing with The Calgary Fiddlers Association) ensure that he has an intuitive sense of music that is so elusive to many. When we're on stage and Scott steps up to take a solo, we're going through the emotional roller coaster that his fiddle takes us on as much as the audience. He has a very special place in our hearts.

In early 2021, Scott's mentor and grandfather passed away at the age of 106. "Knew it was coming," said Scott "but it still hurts." While we all mourn the loss of the last member of the Maple Creek Fiddlers there's one thing we do know: we still hear the beauty of that old-time fiddler in heaven through the bow strokes of grandson Scott Duncan.

2022 - Nominated - Traditional Folk Singer of the Year (Ray Schmidt) - Canadian Folk Music Awards

2021 - Nominated - Folk Recording of the Year (Sold Out at the Ironwood) - YYC Music Awards

2018 - Nominated - Folk Recording of the Year (Across the River' ) - YYC Music Awards

2018 - Nominated - Album of the Year (Sleeping Buffalo) - Country Music Alberta

2017 - Nominated - Touring Artist of the Year - British Columbia Touring Council.

"The group excels on folksy, roots-reared gems...with their harmonies and instrumentation offering a magical blend. The Wardens also write quality, economical lyrics. Fans of Ian Tyson, the late Guy Clark or other stellar troubadours would lap up "Coming Home" and the harrowing, heart-breaking tale of "Neil Colgan." Another keeper is the closer, a live version of "Supper On The Trail" which cites modern supplements you wouldn't mistake for old west grub.

So is this album good? Do bears sh. . . well . . . The Wardens would know all about that."

Jason MacNeil - Parton and Pearl - 2021

"The Wardens have an enviable live reputation... able to bring a modern take on a timeless musical tradition."

Martin Johnson - AmericanaUK - 2022