Cowboy poets, songwriters play to community this week
Cowboy poets and songwriters will ride the dusty trails into Prescott for the 28th annual Cowboy Poets Gathering, which is from Thursday to Saturday, Aug. 6-8.
Performing an art style that's been around since the days following the Civil War, this year will once again see the talents of featured night show entertainers as well as those of invited poets and singers.
Featured this year for the night shows are Don Edwards, Thursday night; Belinda Gail, Friday night; and Trinity Seely, Saturday night.
Seeley said she's been playing guitar and writing music since she was 13 years old and has been attending different venues for about five years. She runs a ranch in Nebraska and said that a lot of her songs are inspired by her daily living.
"We live it every day, it's just very natural," she said, noting that ideas can come from work such as branding cattle or maybe even simply living on a cowboy's wage. "It's pretty neat how it can all just play together."
Seely said that what she loves most about being able to go all over and share her musical talent is the people, calling them the best part of the whole adventure. Having been to Prescott before, Seely said she can't wait to come back.
And alongside the featured entertainers, there are more than a few invited poets and singers, one of whom is Doris Daley, who grew up on a ranch in Alberta. This is her first time coming to Prescott and she mentioned her excitement.
"The town has such a distinct western reputation," Daley said. "I do poetry all over the West... but to go to a real western town is a real bonus."
Daley also said that wherever cowboy poets gather, her friends are also there, stating she enjoys going to gatherings and seeing old friends while meeting new ones.
And Daley also spoke of loving the community, stating that being able to present her poetry to an audience and seeing them smile, nod or even brush a tear away is the best pay she could be given, and it makes her feel like she's "really connected..." and "touched their heart or memory."
Bringing up her love of playing with the English language, Daley said she's lucky to have found her place as in the Old West as a storyteller, as well as live in a time when people still enjoy listening to storytellers.
Daley will present her poetry on Friday, Aug. 7, at 2 p.m. in the Yavapai College Library Community Room, and at 2 p.m. in Room 206 of Building 19.
Seely will be featured Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center, as well as on Friday at 4 p.m. in the Library Community Room, Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Community Room and at 1 p.m. in the performance hall.
Yavapai College is located at 1100 E. Sheldon St.
For a full schedule, visit www.azcowboypoets.org.
Tickets for the night performances range from $20 to $55 and can be purchased online at www.ycpac.com or at azcowboypoets.org.
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