Emcees and Musicians

Each trail ride is hosted by an Emcee (ie. tour guide).

Ride 1: Eli Barsi will Emcee and be the musician.
Rides 2 & 3 will be Emceed by Brad Bischoff who will be the musician as well.
Ride 4: TBA
Rides 5 & 6 will be Emceed by Stuart Watkins and Dennis Orr will be the musician.

Bradley Bischoff

Bradley Bischoff

Bradley Bischoff is a founding member of “The Wardens.” Riding horseback patrols as a National Park Warden began in 1981 for Bradley. He was stationed in the rugged and remote South Boundary, in Jasper National Park’s Brazeau District for seventeen days at a time. For the next thirty years, Bradley has worked in Parks from Nunavut to Newfoundland to the Pacific Ocean. His diverse career which includes working as a farrier, ranch manager and teacher are reflected in his songwriting.

Brad, his wife Debbie and their two daughters live in Canmore, Alberta.

Brad will share original songs and stories about the history and traditions of Canada’s National Park Warden Service. Superb musicianship, haunting vocals and chilling tales from a man who spent his career in the most rugged of all places; Canada’s Rocky Mountain National Parks. True tales from this “Man for the Mountains” and great campfire sing-songs in our Doughnut tent.

Brad joined the TRCR in 2017 for the first time and loved it so much that he is back!

“The quintessential mountain-culture concert experience.” Jamie Bliss, Kootenay Mountain Culture Magazine

“Yours is the best all-encompassing show I’ve ever seen. Visual, musical, knowledgeable and truthful. My attention and enjoyment never wavered.” Terri Mason, Editor, Canadian Cowboy Magazine

Eli Barsi

Eli Barsi

Eli Barsi is an International Recording Artist from the prairies of Saskatchewan, Canada. Her farm girl roots, strong rural foundation, faith, and love of the West have contributed to her long lasting music career. For over 3 decades she has independently taken her unique brand of Western Roots music all over the world. She is a diverse & multi award winning entertainer, musician, songwriter, producer, yodeller, TV host & master craftswomen. Eli connects and entertains her audience with interesting stories, picturesque lyrics, “Carter Scratch” lead acoustic picking & an infectious smile. She is thrilled to be a part of one of the fun rides that the “Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies” has to offer in the summer of 2018. Meanwhile, have a look at her website, www.elibarsi.com, order one of her 16 albums, listen to sample tracks, watch some videos, see her landscape art, and find out more about this multi-talented gal from Canada’s west…

Stuart Watkins

Stuart Watkins

Stuart started trail riding with his dad in 1968 and rode with the club for eight years followed by a three-year stint as a cowboy with the outfitter, before taking a “sabbatical” and then returning as a board member in 2012. Assuming the role of President in 2013, Stuart presides over the monthly meetings, manages the marketing and is publisher of the annual TRCR Bulletin. In the summer, you can find Stuart “keeping an eye on things” and Emceeing a ride or two. Stuart is a semi-retired entrepreneur offering consulting to churches, charities and not-for-profit organizations, and teaches and works as a missionary in Rwanda for a month in the winter. He lives in southern Alberta with his three adult children.

Dennis Orr

Dennis Orr

Dennis retired after a 40 year career as a public school band teacher. In 1971 one of his students (our President Stuart Watkins) took him on his first trail ride; the rest is history….Dennis has been President of the club twice, and worked as a guide, packer, Emcee, musician – everything except cook! In total, he has either attended as a guest (including Emcee/musician) or worked as a staff member on over 100 trail rides with the TRCR. A club record! A musician never retires, so Dennis keeps active still performing professionally, composing music and playing for Scottish Dance clubs.

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