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Our staff party was amazing, thanks to Richard and Deborah!  They did a fabulous job keeping everyone entertained and laughing all evening.  Richard met our staff and guests before the show and then amazed us all with his incredible ability to remember and include 35 + audience members names in songs and jokes throughout the show!  Richard and Deborah are fantastic and we highly recommend them for any event!"

Leo and Carol Beart - "Lorac Construction Ltd."

Richard Popovich

Richard Popovich 

Richard's musical life began playing double bass in 1971 under the direction of renowned musical director "Keith Mann."  He was also involved in several theatre productions as a member of the various "pit bands".  He continued his musical education at Red Deer College and then went on to sing and play electric bass, working on occasion with Dick Damron and Gary Buck.   He toured much of western Canada with several other bands including Peter Kingsmill and the "Kings of Canadian Country Swing".

In 1982, Richard married Deborah Bond and together, raised four daughters. 

In 1990, Richard and Deborah were contracted to perform on the popular tourist facility train; "Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions" at Stettler, AB.  To date, they have performed over 3000 shows on the train and continue to enjoy working with this tourist facility.

Over the years, Richard and Deborah have developed many different music and comedy shows and have been hired by countless numbers of organizations to perform throughout much of western Canada. 

In 2006, Richard and Deborah opened a highly successful dinner theatre located at their award winning acreage at Red Deer, AB.  They operated and entertained at their theatre for 9 years and enjoyed sell out crowds for more than 90% of the time the theatre was in operation.

Richard is a multi-talented entertainer who sings, and plays bass, drums and guitar.  He also has the unique ability to cleverly intertwine tasteful comedy into all his presentations and has developed an amazing memory for incorporating dozens of audience members names into the shows.  As a result, Richard is a charming and charismatic front man.

Richard and Deborah continue to travel throughout western Canada with their music and comedy shows and in 2013, formed the "SaddleSore Showband".

Deborah Popovich

Deborah Popovich 

Coming from a musical family, Deborah found it easy to fall into the role of a musician/entertainer.  Her mother Coralie is an accomplished pianist, accompanist and vocalist and was Deborah's vocal coach and mentor.  During her teenage years and under her mother's tutelage, Deborah enjoyed competing in various Alberta music festivals and was the recipient of a number of local and provincial awards.  Deborah also enjoyed being a member of the "Calgary Theatre Singers" as well as various community choirs.  During that same time frame, Deborah's father Albert, gave her the opportunity to perform with a dance band and experience an entertainer's life which she also thoroughly enjoyed.

Later in life as a vocal and piano teacher plus the mother of 4 musical girls, Deborah included her family in several music festival competitions.  Richard and Deborah together with their four daughters, enjoyed many years of winning "Family Music Awards".

As well as being a classically trained vocalist and pianist, Deborah enjoys playing bass guitar. 

Together, Richard and Deborah are onstage approximately 175 days a year and enjoy every function they're involved with.

Albert Bond

Albert Bond

Albert's musical life began in the early 1940's when his mother and Central Alberta voice teacher Albertine Boffey, enrolled him in "Hopkins School of Music" at Olds, AB., playing Hawaiian guitar.  At the age of 8, Albert was already an entertainer, as he was playing his guitar, harmonica and singing for dances at the local community center.  Shortly after being enrolled with "Hopkins School of Music", Albert picked up the slide trombone and played in the horn band and also the symphony for approximately 12 years.    

Later in life, Albert took up finger style guitar (country style) and in the late 1960’s, helped start the popular "Orange Blossom Special" dance band which was in high demand and performed steadily for many years.

In the 1990's, Albert travelled throughout much of Western Canada with Richard and Deborah, working as their lighting tech and equipment handler.

Upon Albert's retirement, he and his wife Coralie moved from Alberta to Penticton, B.C.  Albert's outstanding musical talents soon became known and he was invited to join one of the most popular dance bands in the Okanagan Valley.  

In 2008, Albert and Coralie moved back to Alberta to be with their daughter Deborah and husband, Richard.  Albert quickly became an integral part of their dinner theatre, performing in many of the shows as well as being the "tram driver and guide" transporting the dinner theatre guests from the parking area to the theatre.  He is also a member of the "SaddleSore Showband" as a vocalist, guitarist and harmonica player.

Bob Shortt

Bob Shortt

Bob Shortt was born in Dublin, Ireland and began his musical career early. He performed his first concert at the age of eleven playing the mandolin and then the tenor banjo. 

In 1973, Bob landed in Canada to start a North American tour with Olive Bayle and "The Irish Tradition" and to  record “My Green Valley.” When the tour was finished, Bob joined the “Cobblers Awl” and toured USA and Canada. Albums 2 & 3 were recorded during this time. 

1978: Bob joined “Miller’s Jug” and Album No 4 was recorded with some of his own material. By 1983, the band had expanded their talents to include live theatre. Bob played the lead role in “O’ Hara’s Return” which won the prestigious "CAN PRO" awards for best Canadian Drama.  

1986: Bob moved to Edmonton, Alberta to begin a solo career. Highlights that year included playing banjo for the city’s "Klondike Days" and playing for the Duke and Duchess of York at a private function. Albums 5 & 6 were recorded with the "Foggy Dew Band" in Edmonton.

1999: Bob’s first solo album was released “A Long Way From Home” with 14 original songs. Bob played all the instruments making this truly, a solo album. 

2000: Bob moved to Red Deer, Alberta and recorded “Behind The Banjo” 

2004 “Country Meets Folk” was recorded, again all original songs and music.

2005: Bob played for Queen Elizabeth II in Edmonton for the city’s Centennial Celebration.

2006: “Bob Shortt At The Alberta Country Opry” was recorded. 

2009: Another move; this time to Stettler, Alberta. Bob performs on the "Alberta Prairie Railway Excursion Train."     

2013: Bob was very pleased to be invited to join the Popovich Family as a member of the "SaddleSore Showband" out of Red Deer, AB. He continues to enjoy this very versatile and energetic group. Bob says "You won't be disappointed when you take in a show."

2014: Back living in Red Deer, Alberta with his wife Elaine. Still playing Canada and USA and sometime, Ireland, Scotland.

Bob’s Irish charm and professional attitude with his music has kept him booked full-time with his rich blend of Irish, Scottish, Maritime, old country and original music playing tunes on the guitar, banjo and mandolin plus vocals.

Paul Brooks

Paul Brooks 

Paul started playing classical violin at the age of eight and began fiddling at twelve. For four years, he played with the fiddle group "Bow Fever" and travelled with members of this group to Nova Scotia. There he performed at the "Dartmouth Maritime Fiddle Contest" and at a number of concerts and Ceilidhs.  While still in high school, he was a regular performer at the "Central Alberta Country Opry" in Red Deer. 

Paul has experience teaching the "Calgary Fiddlers" and "Bow Valley Fiddlers", as a private music teacher, and as a camp instructor at the "Silver Creek Fiddle Camp" for the "Alberta Society of Fiddlers" and at "FAMI".  Paul has attended numerous fiddle camps and workshops, jamborees and contests. He has achieved success at the "Wetaskiwin Jig and Reel Contest" and the "Grand North American Fiddle Competition" in Alberta.  In 2005, Paul was invited to compete in the "Grand Masters Fiddle Contest" in Ottawa.

Paul performs with musical groups including "The Boys of St. James Gate" and has performed on a number of recordings as well as being a frequent guest at a variety of Alberta venues.

Paul’s musical interests are wide ranging. This has led him to write and edit for western Canada’s premier music publication, "BeatRoute Magazine", as well as program and produce radio on Calgary’s 90.9 FM "CJSW".

Paul is the proud father of a daughter and in 2014, joined the "SaddleSore Showband".