THE BUTLAND FAMILY - Dale (deceased), Warren (deceased) and Wade had talent as a unit and individual talents that contributed greatly to our country music experience. The group played guitar, bass, drums, danced, sang and performed on recordings. Dale, the father, encouraged and mentored his twin sons to develop their talents as well as being available, willing and ready to perform at various shows, charitable events, etc. Dale and Warren actually performed at the NBCMHF Gala Show as well as being part of the Valley Jamboree for some 17 years. Warren, at times, also did sound for the NBCMHF concerts. Wade pursued a career in live sound for some of the top names in the music industry.
ED MCCORMICK - Ed had a love for music. He began playing at a very young age and kept music close to him no matter where he went. He also loved people and had a profound impact on people through his music. Ed did not see music as a way to get attention or make money, but enjoyed it for the way it made him and others feel. He is well known for the time he spent with the Nova Scotia Ramblers and Gospel Connection. He recorded ‘He Leadeth Me’ as a very personal tribute to his Lord and Saviour. Ed spent much of his time helping people, but always found time for playing Bluegrass Festivals and Benefits. He is a true depiction of a man who dealt with his own struggles and that of others. Through it all, there was always music.
STAN FENTON - Stan was born in 1933 and his first recollection of playing guitar was around grade 6/7. He had to have something prepared for Friday Red Cross Program, so his Dad taught him 3 chords. From then on he kept playing. After moving up to Harmony Electric Guitar in the early 1950’s, he played with his Dad and his fiddle for dances and then formed their own group and put on concerts. He met Cecil and June Eikhard in 1956 and they formed the ‘Happy Valley Boys’. June moved to Ontario and there she became a Canadian Fiddle Champion. Stan often played as guest on the Bunkhouse Boys and joined them for 2 years on their television show. He had weekly practices with NB Hall of Famer George Hebert in those days. Then in 1969, he formed his own band ‘The Good Tymes’ that lasted for over 10 years with a heavy playing schedule at many venues. His Dad and Ron Jonah played at the Rocks in the 1940’s and he would think, ‘Gee, I would like to be able to do that!’
DENISE MURRAY - Denise was born in Toronto in 1964 and returned to Moncton at age 14. She started to play guitar at age 10, and was diagnosed with a rare disease at age 13, but kept playing. Denise won a contest in 1988 and played full time with a house band for 7 years. She started to write songs and won another contest and did her first recording, then a manager and distribution deal. Denise had a top 10 and top 20 across Canada which got her a record deal with Loggerhead records/universal. While touring in 2001, she was diagnosed with cancer and stopped touring in 2004. Denise was asked to do the Pour L’amour du Country in 2005/06. Despite all the setbacks, she had a great career in country music.
SHIRLEY MYERS - Shirley strikes those she meets as a pleasant and pretty young lady with a sweet easygoing nature that is combined with the quality of her voice. Shirley was born in Moncton and comes by her musical talent honestly from her Dad, Hall of Famer, Gerry Myers, and shared in radio and television shows of the 1950’s and 60’s called the Bunkhouse Boys. She is self-taught on the drums and guitar and was the drummer in an all male band for 4 ½ years. Since finishing school, she made her full time living playing and writing and toured Eastern Canada for several years. Shirley won the CCMA Budweiser Talent Search in 1988. She had top 9/10 records, beginning with ‘ ‘Let it Rain’. Since then she has opened shows for well known Artists, such as, George Jones, Mickey Gilley, Johnny Lee, Janie Fricke and John Michael Montgomery. She has appeared on the Tommy Hunter Show, Nashville Network’s Prime Time Country and many other specials. She now lives in Nashville. Her motto is ‘My music is my life. I love it, I live it’.