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I was asked to join brothers Bill & Rollie Hardie, formerly of Willie and the Walkers, when they  formed a new group called Shinto. The band played around Alberta, and had an old 1947 Brill Car bus for travel.  It was equipped with bunks and a table, as well as lots of room for gear.

 

When the Brill gave up, it was replaced by a similar blue school bus which we called "Earl".  We drove it to New Jersey where we played for a week at Tony Mart's in Ocean City.  My wage for the "tour" was Bill's Fender Precision bass, which was grey/green at the time.

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After Shinto, Will MacCalder (who later became a founder of Powder Blues) reformed The Walkers with drummer Rollie Hardie, guitarist Steve Palmer, and myself on bass.

 

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I painted the Fender with a British flag design. (Later stripped it down to the bare wood finish, but it was fun at the time)

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At this point I was also enrolled at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in a program called "Radio & TV Arts".


 

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Joined a dance group called "Patch" later in 1971.

 

 

 

 

 


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December 30, 1972

married Charlene Drouin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Continued playing with "Patch" at clubs in Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan through 1973 and into 1974.

L to R - Doug Anderson (guitar, vocals), Rick Dubord (keys, vocals), Rick Francis (lead vocals), Ken Brenzan (drums), Gordon Belsher (bass, vocals)

 

 

 

 

 


 

Visited Prince Edward Island for the first time in 1974.  I was on the Island about 15 minutes when I said to Charlene "someday, I want to have a Prince Edward Island licence plate on my van!"

 

 

 

 


 

Joined the tour band for Buddy "Party Doll" Knox in October of 1974.  Started in Moosomin, Saskatchewan & toured across Canada through to April 1975.  Learned a lot about professionalism from Buddy.  What a great guy!

 

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Back to "Patch" 1975-1978

Very popular dance band in Edmonton

 

 

 

 

 

Gordon Belsher - bass & vocals

Rol Hardie - drums

 Rick Francis - lead vocals

Rick Dubord - keys & vocals

Doug Anderson - guitar & vocals

 


 

 

Moved to Prince Edward Island in August 1978 to start a new life in Guernsey Cove.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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