Singing "cowboys" from all over the United States took over the small Wyoming town of Cody recently to revive musical memories of the past.
CU Man playing harmonica at Range Ballad and Cowboy Song Festival in Cody, Wyoming, accompanied by guitarist (2 shots)
CU Man singing and playing guitar on stage
GV PAN Audience listening, performer on stage
Old couple singing song
SV Young girl performers singing on stage (2 shots)
CU Country and Western singer Dave Birmingham performing famous song, sung at hanging of ranger Tom Horn
CU/GVs Cowboy's boot, singers on stage performing (2 shots)
CU/GVs Group called "Horse Sense" singing song which closed festival, audience applauding (3 shots)
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Background: Singing "cowboys" from all over the United States took over the small Wyoming town of Cody recently to revive musical memories of the past. They were there for the annual Range Ballad and Cowboy Song Festival. It was an occasion when everyone savoured many old Country and Western songs which are part of the nation's "Wild West" heritage. Some of the songs were familiar favourites, played by entertainers all over the world. Others were sung from memory, the tunes and words passed down from generation to generation among cattle ranching communities. One elderly couple, singing a ballad written more than a hundred years ago, stopped half way through their performance because they could not remember the words. There were young singers taking part as well in a festival noted for the stories behind songs from the Cowboy past. One performer, Dave Birmingham, sang a ballad said to be the favourite of a famous range detective called Tom Horn. Horn was hanged in Cheyenne and the song was played just before he died. A group called "Horse Sense" sang the final song of the festival on November 11. They are experts on Country and Western song tradition. Some of their instruments were old fashioned. One member clapped along with two metal spoons, using the knee and the palm of his hand.