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This is the website of singer-songwriter, Barry Hertz. Listen to some music, read the reviews and check out his concert schedule. We hope you enjoy your time here.

Music - Barry performs solo as well as with his son, Joe Hertz, who plays fiddle & mandolin. Barry  is also a member of the Calgary folk/celtic group, Prairie Dog Convention. See concert schedule below to see where he will be playing next.

Click on one of the CD titles or an individual track to listen to Barry's music. Also check him out  on  CBCmusic .

Sure Cure (2000) - original acoustic folk & blues.


1. Alone    2.  Sure Cure    3. Buffalo    4. Hell Diver   5. In You    6. Three Old Friends    

7. Think Like a River    8. Sundial    9. Save the Whales    10. Where the Green Grass Grows

11. You Ain't From Dakota    12. Sixteen Tons    13. Creation's Dawn

A Cowboy's Prayer (2007) - cowyboy folk music  and the poetry of Badger Clark.


1. Jeff Hart    2. The Trail's A Lane    3. My Own    4. The Song of the Leather

5. A Cowboy's Prayer    6. Red's Saloon    7. Bunkhouse Orchestra    8. To Her

9. The Wind is Blowin'    10. Ridin'    11. A Roundup Lullaby

                                                Why a CD of songs from Badger Clark?


In September of 2000, less than a month after releasing Sure Cure, my first CD, I happened to hear an old recording on National Public Radio. Badger was reading from Ridin’, the first poem he ever published. The recording was from 1951, six years before he died. His poem sounded so lyrical that I wanted to set it to music. The next year, in the summer of 2001, I was browsing through a used bookstore in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, when I ran across a copy of Clark’s Sun and Saddle Leather. I opened the 1920 edition to the preface which begins:

 Cowboys are the sternest critics of those who would represent the West. No hypocrisy, no bluff, no pose can evade them.

 Yet cowboys have made Badger Clark’s songs their own. So readily have they circulated that often the man who sings the song could not tell you where it started. Many of the poems have become folk songs of the West, we may say of America, for they speak of freedom and the open.

 Generous has been the praise given Sun and Saddle Leather, but perhaps no criticism has summed up the work so satisfactorily as the comment of the old cowman who said, “You can break me if there’s a dead poem in the book, I read the hull of it. Who in H--- is this kid Clark, anyway? I don’t know how he knowed, but he knows.”

 That is what proves Badger Clark the real poet. He knows. Beyond his wonderful presentation of the West is the quality of universal appeal that makes his work real art. He has tied the West to the universe.

 Charles Badger Clark (1883 – 1957), wrote most of his more well known poems, including Ridin’ and A Cowboy’s Prayer, when he was in his early twenties. He is one of the best known of the traditional cowboy poets. As far as I know, however, there’s nothing written anywhere that says you have to be a cowboy to enjoy his poems. For myself, I too have the wind and the open skies of the West in my blood. I guess that might be our connection—or as the preface goes on to say:

 The spirit of them is eternal, the spirit of youth in the open…the vast reach of Western mesa and plain that will always remain free—“the way it was when the world was new.”

 The music here is rich in the acoustic sounds of guitar, steel string and classical, upright bass, fiddle, banjo and piano. It is music rooted in the wide-open spaces of the West. I hope you enjoy it.


Concert Schedule


January 30th–5-7 p.m.—Hillhurst Farmers’ Market (Barry & Alex)

February 27th—5-7 p.m.—Hillhurst Farmers’ Market (Barry & Alex)

March 27th—5-7 p.m.——Hillhurst Farmers’ Market (Barry & Alex)

April 24th—5-7 p.m.—— Hillhurst Farmers’ Market (Barry & Alex)


February 21st—5-7 p.m.—Hillhurst Farmers’ Market (Barry & Alex)

March 21st —5-7 p.m. Hillhurst Farmers’ Market (Barry & Alex)

June 23rd (TBA)—Water Valley Celtic Festival ( Alex, Karen & Barry)

September 21st- The Hub (Red Deer, Alberta) —2 shows, 1 & 7 p.m. (Barry Hertz & Morningside)

October 24th—5-7 p.m.—Hillhurst Farmers’ Market (Barry & Alex)

November 21st—5-7 p.m.—Hillhurst Farmer’ Market ( Barry & Alex)

December 12th—5-7 p.m.—Hillhurst Farmers’ Market (Barry & Alex)


January 5th—7-9 p.m.—— Gravity Expresso & Wine Bar (Singer/Songwriter Stage)

January 11th—5-7 p.m.——Hillhurst Farmers’ Market (Barry & Alex)

February 1st—5-7 p.m.—Hillhurst Farmers’ Market (Barry & Alex)

March 1st—5-7 p.m.—Hillhurst Farmers’ Market (Barry & Alex)

March 10th— Ogden House (Wee Jamm)

April 5th—5-7 p.m.—Hillhurst Farmers’ Market (Alex & Barry)

April 22nd, 2017 —Climb for Wilderness (Bow Building) —Barry & Joe Hertz

May 3rd— 5-7 p.m.—Hillhurst Farmers’ Market (Alex & Barry)

June 7th—5-7p.m.—Hillhurst Farmers’ Market (Alex & Barry)

June 24th— TBA— 2017 Water Valley Folk Festival (Karen, Alex, Barry)

July 26th—5-7 p.m.— Hillhurst Farmers’ Market (Alex & Barry)

August 16th—5-7 p.m. Hillhurst Farmers’ Market (Alex & Barry)

September 7th—3:30-5:30 p.m.—Bridgeland Farmers’s Market (Alex & Barry)

September 14th—3:30-5:30 p.m.—Bridge land Farmers’ Market (Alex & Barry)

September 23rd—10:30–12:30 p.m.—Marda Loop Farmers’ Market (Alex & Barry)

October 18th—5-7 pm—Hillhurst Farmers’ Market (Alex & Barry)

November 2nd- 7-9 pm—Gravity Cafe/Songwriter Circle (Barry)

November 15th—5-7 pm—Hillhurst Farmers’ Market (Alex & Barry)

December 6th—5-7 p.m.—Hillhurst Farmers’ Market (Alex & Barry)

December 20th—5:30-7 p.m.—Hillhurst Farmers’ Market (Alex & Barry)


January 20th--3-5 p.m.---Hillhurst Farmers' Market (Barry & Alex)

March 2nd--3-5 p.m.----Hillhurst Farmers' Market (Barry & Alex)

April 6th-- 3-5 p.m.---Hillhurst Farmers' Market (Barry & Alex)

June 18th--Water Valley Celtic Folk Festival (Prairie Dog Convention & Bob Chartier)

July 14th-- 5:30--7:30 p.m.--Bridgeland Riverside Farmers' Market (Barry & Alex)

August 13th--11:30--1:30 p.m.--Sweet Beet Stage/Hillhurst Farmers' Market (Barry & Alex)

October 5th-5-7 p.m., Lotus-up, Lead, S. Dak. (Songwriters’ Song Circle with Steve Thorpe & others)

October 19th-5-7 p.m., Lotus-up, Lead, S. Dak. (Songwriters’ Song Circle with Steve Thorpe & others)

October 20th —7 p.m. —?—open jam, “Gaslight”, Rocherville, South Dakota

October 21st—7 p.m.—?. —open jam, The Branding Iron, Nemo, South Dakota

October 22nd-Private Function (Black Hills)

October 23rd—2 p.m., Moonshine Gulch Saloon, Rockford, South Dakota (open jam)

November 2nd—5-7 p.m.—Sweet Beet Stage/Hillhurst Farmers’ Market (Barry & Alex)

December 7th—5-7 p.m.—Sweet Beet Stage/Hillhurst Farmers’ Market (Barry & Alex)


January 21st-- 5-7 p.m.--Hillhurst Farmers' Market (Barry & Alex)

March 4th--5-7 p.m.---Hillhurst Farmers' Market (Barry & Alex) 

March 7th---Green Tie Affair/Irish Cultural Centre (Teacher Band)

April 1st--Hillhurst Farmers' Market (Barry & Alex)

April 17th--Coffee Market (Barry & Alex)

April 18th---Calgary Tower/Climb for Wilderness (Barry & Joe)

April 25th---Nickleodeon Folk Club/Patron's Night (Barry & Alex)

May 6th---Hillhurst Farmers' Market (Barry & Alex)

May 30th-- Private function (Prairie Dog Conniption)

June 3rd--- Hillhurst Farmers' Market (Barry and Alex)

June 20th--Water Valley Celtic Festival (Prairie Dog Convention)

June 21st--Bluegrass Hour (Alex, Barry and friends)

June 28th, Moonshine Gulch, Rochford, South Dakota  ( Jam, 2 p.m.--?)

July 29th--- Hillhurst Farmers' Market (Barry & Alex)

August 8th---Hillhurst Farmers' Market (11:30--1:30 p.m. ---Barry & Alex)

September 12th--Hillhurst Farmers' Market (11:30--Barry & Alex)

September 19th--Private Function/Calgary (Prairie Dog Convention)

September 26th--Celtic Folk Concert (Prairie Dog Convention-- http://celticfolkcalgary.org/ )

November 18th--Hillhurst Farmers' Market (Barry & Alex)

November 25th---Private Function (Barry & Alex)

December 11th---Chautauqua Concert/Unitarian Church (Alex, Barry, Karen, Liz)

December 16th--Hillhurst Farmers' Market (Barry & Alex)


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January 29-February 1, 2014                                                                                                           30th Anniversary of the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering                                                          Elko, Nevada (Barry & Joe)                                                                                                                2014 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering: Members' Show #2 

(Barry, Joe, and Dave Wilkie's performance begins at 30:40)

April 26th, 2014--Calgary Tower                                                                                                      AWA - Climb for Wilderness 10:30-11:30 (top of the tower)                                                                (Barry & Joe

May 30, 2014--Kingsland Farmers' Market (6-8 p.m.)

June 4th, 2014--HillHurst Farmers' Market ( 5-7 p.m.)                                                                  June 21st, 2014--Water Valley, Alberta                                                                                        Water Valley Celtic Music Festival (Prairie Dog Convention)  

July 2nd, 2014--HillHurst Farmer's Market (5-7 p.m.) 

July 5th, 2014--Irish Cultural Centre (D2R)

July 12th, 2014- Kingsland Farmers' Market (12-3 p.m.)

November 5th, 2014-Hillhurst Farmers' Market (5-7 p.m.)

December 17th, 2014-Hillhurst Farmers' Market (5-7 p.m.)                                                                           


November 23, 2013- Calgary Celtic Folk Club

Haysboro Community Hall (Calgary Southwest)

(Prairie Dog Convention) 

November 9, 2013-Celtic Collective

Rotary Performing Arts Centre-Okotoks, Alberta

(Prairie Dog Convention)

September 20, 2013 

AWA Gala (Red & White Club-Calgary)-Barry & Joe

June 22, 2013-Water Valley Celtic Festival

Water Valley, Alberta

(Prairie Dog Convention) 

May 26, 2013 - Rochford, South Dakota

Moonshine Gulch -3 p.m. to ?

(Sunday Jam with Steve Thorpe, Paul Larson, Mike Linderman)

April 20, 2013 -Climb for Wilderness

AWA (Calgary Tower) (Barry & Joe)


September 26, 2008 - Red & White Club

AWA Gala Event

Calgary, Alberta 

June 25, 2008 - Private Function

(D2R/Heebie Jeebies) 

Calgary, Alberta

May 16th, 2008 - Roundup Centre

(TRB)-Calgary, Alberta

April 19, 2008 - Calgary Tower

Climb for Wilderness - AWA



December 31, 2007 - Canyon Meadows Country Club


Calgary, Alberta       

Sep 15, 2007  - Private Function

Calgary, Alberta 

Aug 31, 2007 - The Stop

Black Diamond, Alberta 

Confluence Tour

Aug 29, 2007 - Public Concert     

High River, Alberta 

Confluence Tour  

Aug 27, 2007  - Main Street Cafe

Nanton, Alberta 

Confluence Tour 

Aug 25, 2007  Jackdaws Pub

1901 10th Ave SW 

Calgary, Alberta 

Confluence Tour

Aug 23, 2007 - Cafe Caprice

Medicine Hat, Alberta 

Confluence Tour 

Aug 18, 2007 - House Concert

Edmonton, Alberta 

Confluence Tour 

Aug 16, 2007 - Big Knife Villa

Forestburg, Alberta 

Confluence Tour with Brenda Berezan

Jul 20, 2007 - Songbird Cafe

Custer, South Dakota 

Jul 10, 2007 - Bully Blends

410 Fifth Street 

Rapid City, South Dakota 

July 8, 2007 - Moonshine Gulch Saloon

Rochford, South Dakota 

Jun 16, 2007  - Pincher Creek Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Pincher Creek, Alberta 

Apr 21, 2007  - Calgary Tower 

Climb for Wilderness - AWA 

Copyright © Barry Hertz  2017