Through the 19th century pioneer days of America, immigrants brought traditional European folk music with their new homeland, influencing the audio mélange that became country & western music from the 1920s and ’30s. Half of a century later on, mandolin participant Dave Wilkie attemptedto bring genuine Celtic melodies back again to the cowboy music that they had affected, on his Celtic Cowboy LP. He 1st started playing the mandolin in 1970 near his house in Victoria, English Columbia. Wilkie’s 1st recording, 1977’s The Mandolin Participant, demonstrated no traces of nation/Celtic fusion, nevertheless; it had been straight-up nation golf swing, as was 1985’s Shoebox. Apart from his infrequent single recordings, Wilkie also used Ian Tyson, Amos Garrett, Maria Muldaur, and Jethro Uses up through the ’80s. In 1989, Wilkie founded the fantastic Traditional western Orchestra with vocalist Cindy Cathedral and guitarists Nathan Tinkham and Stewart MacDougall. The group supported Katy Moffatt, released four albums of their very own, and in 1993, toured THE UK with Moffatt. Motivated with the similarity between United kingdom folk music and the united states & traditional western repertoire with which he was familiar, Wilkie made a decision to focus on a nation record with Celtic affects. Recording using the Edmonton Celtic music group the McDades, he released Celtic Cowboy in 1996.