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Burning Sun Productions is committed to the presentation of cowboy poetry and cowboy theatre, working in the folk tradition.  We specialize in concerts, dinner theatre, and campfire sing-alongs with audience participation.   We have done them for festivals, community fund-raisers, conference entertainments, and ticketed theatre productions.

Many of these shows feature Ken Mitchell as a solo cowboy poet, but include a variety of regional cowboys who are drawn to such events.  It is a highly participatory form of theatre or concert entertainment.  For booking in your community, contact Burning Sun Productions.

 

PoetryDuoThe generic name for this show is “Rhyming Wranglers”, which has featured a variety of prairie performers in the last three years, and rarely the same show twice.  In the last three years the roster of poets have included Ken Mitchell, brothers Slim, Don and Rooster Mitchell, singer Phyllis Wheaton of Calgary, rodeo clown Lee Bellows from Moose Jaw, poets Sheri-D Wilson of Calgary, Phyllis Rathwell of Rockglen, Ed Brown from Oak Lake, Man., Doris Daley of Calgary, Geordie Grassick of Lumsden, singer Kathy Stochmal of Regina – and many more.

"Cowboy Chorale, " performed in 2010 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, is a blend of Western Music and authentic Cowboy Poetry presented in the context of an original play written expressly for The Northland Chorus (produced and directed by Bob Shami) by Western Canadian author, actor, playwright, poet (both Cowboy and otherwise), university English professor and currently, touring performer of cowboy poetry, KEN MITCHELL of Regina, SK. The show was a huge success, performed before a sold-out audience, and showed how adaptable cowboy poetry can be.  The drama – and melodrama – of the plot gave depth to the barbershop chorus arrangements, while at the same time, the words were heightened by the true harmonies of the singers and performers. It was an unlikely but successful marriage, as reviews confirmed.

Ken has taken cowboy poetry across the prairies and as far afield as Oxford, UK. With his brothers Slim and Don and musician Johnny 2-Fingers, the Moose Javians have entertained crowds with music, poetry, campfire evenings, and storytelling for several years. In England, Ken has performed at the famous Catweazle Club (Oxford) and at open mic spoken-word events in pubs and folk clubs, introducing enthusiastic audiences to cowboy poetry. He also arranged two evenings of cowboy music, poetry, and stories at the Isis Farmhouse Tavern in Oxford, featuring artists local and international, across the generations, drawn by the allure of authentic cowboy culture.  Many of them composed poems and music for these events, and a large number of the curious audience came decked out in their version of cowboy dress. Upcoming performance dates will be posted on this website.

Ken continues to perform in Burns Day celebrations. He appears annually at Bushwakker Brew Pub (Regina), most recently on January 23, 2016 for the combined Burns Day/Bushwakker 25th Birthday celebration. And he continues to bring this entertainment to seniors, most recently at Wintergreene Seniors Residence in Regina. In full Scottish kit, Ken introduces audiences to Burns – the first “cowboy poet” – showing through performance of Burns’s poems how these words, written in Scottish vernacular, transformed poetry by emphasizing its roots, its rhythms, and its power as spoken-word performance.

 

 

 


 

         
   

 

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