the music of  Duane Stewart
 




Photos (clockwise)

  1. -Duane and his father, Canada’s Cowboy Troubadour Stu Davis (promotional photo for

    Trail-Riding Troubadour)


  1. -On set of Stu Davis Show

  (Alfie Myhre/Wally McDonald)


  1. -A Duane Davis TV Special


  1. -A recent guitar solo


  1. -Inspired by the Shuswap

   (winter view -- Duane’s studio)


Booking

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In his earlier years, Duane Stewart was regularly featured on CBC radio and television series and recorded for both the London and Capitol labels. Back then (1960‘s and 70‘s) he used his father Stu Davis’ stage surname.  As Duane Davis he was featured for five seasons on his dad’s televison series, The Stu Davis Show*. They later co-starred on Trail-Riding Troubadour, a film series on the CBC television network shot entirely on location and depicting the history of the Canadian west in story and song. 


While enjoying a busy musical partnership with his father, Duane was at various times the singing host of three of his own CBC radio network series [Sounds Western, Music Scene: Prairies and The Duane Davis Show], and four CBC television specials.  He found the time as well to be a frequent guest on a number of local and network radio and television programs, including a season he signed on as semi-regular on Country Music, a CTV television series featuring Gaby Haas and his Barndance Gang.  


During these years, Duane also enjoyed a musical association with Tommy Banks, the noted jazz pianist/arranger/conductor.  Their collaborations included two of Duane’s CBC radio network series, Sounds Western and Music Scene: Prairies, as well as an album for Capitol Records -- Duane Davis: Reflections. 


Duane gradually left the stage and his father’s stage name behind as he began to devote more attention to the field of education. After twenty-five years as a high school, college and university English teacher, Duane’s 2003 relocation from Alberta to the Shuswap Lake region of British Columbia inspired him to start singing again. He decided at this time to keep the pseudonym Duane Davis in retirement, choosing instead to use his “real”  surname when performing.


In addition to his solo performances since his return to the stage, Duane spent time (2006 - o8) as a lead singer and featured guitar and five-string banjo player with a popular western and country/gospel trio called The Sons of the Sage


As well as performing, in the past several years Duane has produced a number of music ensemble concerts and festivals in the Shuswap/Okanagan region, including Gospel Song Sorrento (staged annually in July from 2008 through 2012), Gospel Song/Spring Edition (2011), and Ballads and Bards (2012). Duane was also one of the  founding members of the ‘Shuswap Gospel Music Group’, staging three-day summer events such as Shuswap Gospel Music Jamboree (201o, ’11, ’12). 


Duane continues to work in education as English/Humanities tutor at Okanagan College (Salmon Arm Campus) and shows his ongoing support of western traditions in poetry and song through his performer’s membership in the Alberta Cowboy Poetry Association -- www.albertacowboypoetry.com



* For remembering Stu Davis, Canada’s Cowboy Troubadour, please visit www.studavis.ca

A Few Words About Duane’s Career in Music