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Cowboy Craic

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The best kept secret in music


"Horses & People"

Whispers of the West members perform and write western poetry and music. During the summer, group members were invited by the Gerard Manley Hopkins Institute in Monasterevin, County Kildare, Ireland, to educate International Summer School students about the American West, its history and culture.
Whispers' members, chosen for their knowledge of western history, song and poetry, include G. Casey Allen, Platte County, Missouri, who sings of cowboys and American Indians, and children's book author Catherihe Lilbit Devine, a Tucson, Arizona, native and rodeo enthusiast, Chelsey, Oklahoman, westen poet Debra Coppinger Hill describes life on the 4DH Foundaton Quarter Horse Ranch, and Jeff Streeby, Yucaipa, California, uses his mastery of language and historical detail to being his Sunday Creek characters to life.
Contact Whispers of the West at 520--548-3191 ir 520-298-7639;
September 2005 - Western Horseman - Western Horseman


Whispers of the West~

Armagh to Arizona ~ Thirteen works (Poetry & Song) by Catherine Lilbit Devine, Gerald "Casey" Allen, Jeff Streeby & Debra Coppinger Hill.



Why Cowboy Craic?

The Cowboy is easy to explain. It is what we have been since before we drew our first breath. Bit Devine grew up tagging after her daddy as he worked the circle in southeastern Arizona. As she grew up, she proved to be a good hand to have around. Casey grew up in Missouri, Texas and Washington State and worked on family cow/calf operations. Jeff Streeby is a Renaissance Cowboy. He has ridden in Rodeo, Ranched and worked with thoroughbred race horses. He is also a School teacher of advance placement English.

Craic is the Irish word for one heckuva good time, which is what we offer up when we step out on stage. The decision to use Cowboy Craic was an easy one, as we all have a bit of the Irish in our blood. There is also a deep and abiding connection between the music of the Celts and that of the American West. It is this connection on which we draw to entertain our audience.

We have traveled across North America performing at Cowboy Gatherings, Corporate events, Trail rides, and private house concerts, as well as Irish Cultural events. We have traveled throughout Ireland entertaining in pubs, libraries, schools and festivals. Everywhere we go we find a strong interest in all things connected with the American West. Our workshops on the musical connection between Celt and Cowboy songs are always a good draw. For the past two summers, the workshop we have held in Monasterevin, Ireland has been one of the first to fill during registration. Our children's programs, whether in schools or at libraries, draw "children" from 2 to 92.

Whether it is a lecture, workshop, concert or sing-along, Bit & Casey do their best to make sure that everyone in the audience has one heckuva good time or Craic, as the case may be!