Over the years I have become interested in playing folk and bluegrass
music. In the early 1980s I played in a Folk Band in Saskatoon called
'Wolf Willow'. Here is the band - from left to right Darryl Wurtz,
Bill Remphrey, Len Hogan.
In Winnipeg, I played for many years in a band called Caragana.
In addition, from time to time we formed the 'Mouse House Band'
at the university that consisted of mostly graduate students and
staff. Since moving to Salmon Arm, I have been fortunate to continue
playing through contacts made at the Sunnybrae Coffee House across
Shuswap Lake from Salmon Arm and Cliff's Cafe Open Mic in Enderby.
Performance of 'Caragana' at the Canadian Botanical Annual Conference
Mixer held in Winnipeg, June, 2004. From left to right: Haley Catton
(M.Sc. graduate student in Plant Science), Bill Remphrey, Teresa
Rempel and Tim Groening.
The Mouse House Band performing at the wedding of Quinn and Bonny
Holtslag in 2003. Quinn was a former Ph.D. student in my lab. Left
to right Brandy Catton, Glenn Friesen, Bill Remphrey, Tony Szumigalski,
and Haley Catton.
The Backporch Backup Pickin' Band peforming at the Sunnybrae Coffee
House near Salmon Arm, BC - December 8, 2007. This great venue features
local musicians who get to play 3 songs each. From left to right,
Bill Remphrey, Heather Sawyer, Jake Jacobson.
After 20 years I was fortunate enough to reunite with Wolf Willow
and play lots of music and catch up on old times. From the left,
Darryl Wurtz, Bill Remphrey and Len Hogan. Compare us to the poster
While picking up my re-fretted mandolin in Armstrong BC, I ended
up playing a few tunes at the open mic at the Junction Cafe with
Rod (bass), Rory (guitar) and Kerry (dobro). January, 2011
'Runaway Lane' performing at the Mara Hall Benefit Coffee House
February 12, 2011. From the left, Bill Remphrey, Miranda McLaws,
Ellie Young, Ed Beggs.