~ PURLY GATES ~
WESTERN PROGRAMS for ALL AUDIENCES

Instrumentals,  Songs  &  Cowboy Poetry
 
SOLODUO •  TRIO ~ 
 
Here are some song samples from the latest album.
Hope you like 'em!


  
   
ROUNDUP TIME in ROSWELL
FIRST BOOTS

NO WELL

LOOSE in HUTTO

CHANGES at the RANCH
                                               

These original song & poem samples are ©Purly Gates, 2013 and 2015;
Vocals & instrumentals by Pur
ly Gates, except fiddle on
Roundup
Time in Roswell (Craig Eastman)



COMMENTS on the CD

"... As this very pleasant little offering attests, [Purly] is considerably
more than just [a poet]!... she also demonstrates her chops as an
interpreter, as an obviously seasoned singer and as a multi-instrumentalist!
As a writer Gates wields a mighty pun, too. It's a good 'un!!"

~ Rick Huff's "Best of the West (CD) Reviews" / the Western Way magazine


    About Purly's song 'No Well': "It's so clever.... brilliant...."
    ~ Doris Daley,  Award-winning Cowboy Poet from Alberta, Canada


COMMENTS on the Performer
"
Purly Gates has been a performer for four years straight
at Shanghai Days Cowboy Gathering in Wharton, Texas.

She's professional, dependable and she's a hoot. She dresses 
the part, plays some mean banjo, guitar and sings. She's a

regular Calamity Jane reincarnate, only a lot more talented."

~ Doc Blakely, Promoter
/Humorist,  Wharton, TX


"I can highly recommend Purly both as a performer and as
a delightful personality."
~ Patrick B. Nolan, Ph.D. / Museum Director/
Sam Houston Folk Festival, Huntsville, TX


"Gates is great at getting the audience involved;
the crowd loved every tune.”
  ~ Gary Gottlieb, Deerfield Valley News, MA

 

“...really impressive and tremendously entertaining!
Truly a seasoned, skilled performer

~ Ellysa Cahoy, Childrens’ Librarian, NH



"Many thanks for your ... absolutely top drawer performances for our school.
 Great musicianship and diversity."
~
Ms. Scott, 4th gr. Mt.View Elem, Elko, NV


For more comments, please visit www.purlygates.com/quotes.html


ABOUT THE WESTERN SHOWS
Purly offers concerts for folks age 6-96, filled with plenty of humor and audience participation. She typically plays guitar, banjo, accordion, ukulele, mandolin & harmonica - only not all at once! Her Limberjack,  a remnant of pioneer days, delights all ages. Purly brings to the stage a song-bag full of traditional American Cowboy tunes, original compositions, western & early swing numbers and acappella ditties. If the moment is right, this seasoned raconteur, will tantalize your ears with humorous anecdotes or tall tales.
Ms. Gates recites original and borrowed Cowboy Poetry. And on occasion, she also portrays Calamity Jane, "the heroine of a thousand Old West adventures".

       

FYI:

Purly also offers hands-on workshops for elementary age children - making a 1-string jug banjo - among many other cool projects.
 
And if the time is right, you could get a lesson on how to spin  the "flat loop", or how to make music with spoons, a washboard or a washtub bass!



BIO:

For most of her adult life Purly's been a professional musician, storyteller and Cowboy poet. A former elementary educator, Ms. Gates spent decades as an Artist-in-Residence in various corners of the world, using music to encourage young folks' creativity, and teaching basic carpentry skills while making simple instruments from recycled and unusual materials.
      
Purly can occasionally be heard whistling with the birds or yodeling to Mona (the donkey) at her hill country hacienda in Driftwood, TX. Indeed, life at Hardrock Ranch has inspired many songs and poems, in between homesteading occupa- tions such as cabin building, tree cutting and organic gardening. She has indeed raised both grass lambs and - over the decades - quite a bit of heck while enjoying life on the land.
     
A while back, Purly was the recipient of a coveted National Endowment for the Arts grant to work her musical magic in Micronesian schools. The Texas State Library commissioned her to write a theme song for their statewide Summer Reading Club for youth. And she was a finalist in the prestigious Kerrville (TX) New Folk Songwriting competition.


As a horse-crazy kid, Purly mucked stalls in exchange for riding time.  Nowadays she's flingin' slightly different material. This part-time 'bull thrower' certainly has a tendency to indulge her spiritual connection to the wild women of the old west. In the words of Texas humorist Doc Blakely, "She's a regular Calamity Jane reincarnate - only a lot more talented. And she's a hoot!"



For bookings & CD sales, contact: purly@purlygates.com