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Brian Bergquist

Winnipeg, Manitoba

 

Brian Levi Bergquist, Western poet and songwriter (born Winnipeg, Feb. 16, 1948), fell in love with Shakespeare, Robert Service, and the word herdin' of Bob Nolan in high school. He was always encouraged by teachers in his creative writing, and by a loving mother, Laura, to read aloud to her anything new he had written.

 

Brian pursued a career in broadcasting for over 33 years. It was upon finishing his career in Whitehorse, Yukon, that he got closer to the works of Robert Service and got serious in his writing, producing his first book of poetry and two original albums of country songs.


About 6 years ago, he attended his first Cowboy Gathering in Brandon, Manitoba, and got to share some of his Yukon material. It went over well...he had found a home.

 

He managed to get a copy of his last CD, COWBOY COTERIE, to the Sons of the Pioneers about a year ago and they encouraged him to continue in that vein. Now, of course, today he's well entrenched with all things Sons of the Pioneers and Bob Nolan.

 

Brian was instrumental in bringing the Sons of the Pioneers to Manitoba in October of 2012, realizing a hope he'd entertained ever since he discovered that Bob Nolan had been born there. He called it "Bringing Bob Nolan Home". Brian worked hard to make his dream come true and produce a wonderful experience for a grateful public. Many elderly Sons of the Pioneers fans put forth a great effort to see them perform once more. It was a monumental task for Brian and he brought to the notice of the public an almost forgotten genre of music - Western.

 

Brian also arranged a respectful and emotional memorial service for Bob Nolan in Winnipeg, the city of his birth in 1908. Mr. Bergquist is establishing a special scholarship (in February 2013) in Bob Nolan's name to encourage young entertainers interested in Western music: The Bob Nolan Western Music Scholarship.

 

On February 21, 2013, Brian was made an honorary member of the Sons of the Pioneers. Sadly, he passed away on May 7, 2013, after a short but gallant battle with cancer. The Sons of the Pioneers sent Gary LeMaster's great "Pioneer Heaven" in his memory. Celebration of Life on Wednesday, May 15, 2013.

 

Creating verse came as naturally as breathing to Brian and he had another CD in the making. He wrote "Little Cowboy", a song about Bob Nolan.

 

COWBOY COTERIE (all songs written by Brian Bergquist)

Track List:

Cowboys & Eskimos

Whispers in the Wind

Tumbleweed Ribbons

My Forty Years on the Wagon

The Levi Strauss Waltz

Quarter Moon Hangin'

Cowboy Jukebox

Heart of the Desert

A Hundred Days, A Hundred Nights

They were One in the Same (Haimie Swartz - Geronimo)

Whiskey Flats Moon

Snowshoe Fiddler's Waltz

(He's) Just a Dancehall Girl's Mister

The Day My Memories Rode off into the Sunset

The End of the Trail

 

To order COWBOY COTERIE, contact Brian.

 


 

LITTLE COWBOY (listen to the recording)

(by Brian Levi Bergquist 2012)

CHORUS:

Little Cowboy, leavin' on a train
Always wishin',..But never thinkin'
That you'd be back home again...
Little Cowboy, leavin' on a train
Tumbleweeds rollin' 'long the track
Driftin' by the prairie grain....
Lonesome journeys, Cool Water refrains
Little Cowboy, Tumblin' Tumbleweed
...You're back home again.


We all know,
..How lonesome pines
For you, how landscapes became your home
Tumbleweeds and Cactus trees
Became your writing tome...
Words flowed free..by the big green tree
For the lonesome lad of the tumbleweed
...Poet Laureate of The West
Cool Water legacy.

You grew up,
..A cowboy on the silver screen
On stage, part of The Sons of The Pioneers
A great word herder on the writing scene
All, to public and private cheers...
A man of few words, most left on the page
For the lonesome lad of the tumbleweed
The Cool Water Cowboy
The Western Landscape Sage.

Little Cowboy, leavin' on a train
Always wishin',...But never thinkin'
That you'd be back home again...
Little Cowboy, leavin' on a train
Tumbleweeds rollin' 'long the track
Driftin' by the prairie grain..
Lonesome journeys, Cool water refrains
Little Cowboy, Tumblin' Tumbleweed
...You're back home again
..Little Cowboy, Little Cowboy, Little Cowboy