".... two good ol' boys who actually live what they write and sing about.Their contemporary folk repertoire is peppered with banjo and mandolin, hinting at traditional music as well. Thirty years of friendship and sharing musical common ground is apparent in every performance and wins them new fans and friends wherever they go...."
........ah the penny. how can something be worth so little and mean so much? it's got to go! i don't hear anyone complaining, but i think secretly, we're all sad. things change (pun intended) i've heard the nickel is next (ouch) bye, so long, it's been good to know ya.
free download " Penny"
words & music by Bob Campbell
performed by the wingdamramblers
Songwriters Murray Boal and Bob Campbell have joined forces as the wingdamramblers and have released there self titled debut CD. The album is a collection of Murray’s rural storytelling songs and Bob’s eclectic, heartfelt songs, with a touch of humour in the mix. The songs have an acoustic contemporary folk sound. Helping out with the recording project are some musical friends; guitarists Zak Cohen and Heath Onstine, violinist Tom Neville, harmonica player Dave Spinks and background vocalists Ron Carter, Marty Jones and Shelley Brown.
The name wingdamramblers comes from the ghost town of Wingdam, situated near Barkerville on British Columbia’s historic Cariboo Gold Rush Trail. Many of Murray and Bobs songs have Cariboo and road themes, with titles like Bella Coola Hill, Lets Go For a Drive, and Horsefly Road.
another free download!
Dog Shit Season
Bob Campbell and Murray Boal both arrived in the Cariboo region of central BC in the early 1970’s.
During the 1970’s Murray lived on communal farms, in a First Nations community, and on a float house in the wilds of Quesnel Lake. He started writing songs about his rural experiences and began performing around campfires, at coffeehouses and local community halls. Murray eventually settled at Dragon Mountain Farm an organic vegetable and sheep farm in the beautiful Quesnel River Valley.
Bob, on the other hand, arrived in the Cariboo gold mining town of Wells where he attained a “masters degree”, drumming for country bands, drinking beer and playing pool. That led to almost two decades of balancing a family, work, and dusty dance halls on weekends
Bob and Murray met in 1980. Over the next wild and crazy 10 years they played together in a variety of country and rock dance bands. There is hardly a bar, community hall or banquet room in the Cariboo where they did not perform.
In 1993 Murray released the first of three CDs of his rural storytelling songs. Since then Murray’s music has been featured regularly on CBC radio as well as receiving folk/roots radio airplay around the world.
In the early 1990’s Bob moved to the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island and began focusing more on his song writing. Bob became a regular on the Vancouver Island folk/roots music scene. In 2004 Bob released his first CD, “ditchflowers”. Bobs heartfelt, sometimes humorous, songs have also received CBC and folk/roots radio airplay.
Bob relocated back to Wells in 2007, and Bob and Murray rekindled there musical relationship…… “the wingdamramblers” were born.
the wingdamramblers released there debut CD in June 2009
High Resolution Promotional Photo
(photo by Mark Forsythe)
wingdamramblers promotion poster