ELKO — Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Riders In The Sky, Paul Zarzyski, Wally McRae, Waddie Mitchell, Michael Martin Murphey, Caleb Klauder Country Band, Muzzie, Willy and Cody Braun ... these are just a few of the nearly 50 poets and musicians who will be performing at the 34th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Jan. 28 through Feb. 3.
Visitors are invited to come early and participate in hands-on workshops where they can learn a new art form or hone their skills.
The Gathering will celebrate the heritage of the Basques and buckaroos in the Great Basin with special Basque guests and unique performances and workshops highlighting Basque culture.
Tickets to the 34th event go on sale to the general public Oct. 5. Ticketed shows and workshops are online at www.nationalcowboypoetrygathering.org and tickets can be purchased at www.nationalcowboypoetrygathering.org/buy-tickets/.
The 2018 Gathering will honor contemporary culture and heritage of Basques and buckaroos in the Great Basin.
Many Basques came to the American West to work on sheep and cattle ranches as herders and buckaroos. Today, many Basque families successfully own and operate their own ranches and carry rich stories of immigration and adaptation.
“The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering has long honored other herding cultures around the world while also spotlighting and contrasting the cultural traditions and contemporary heritage of ranch life in the American West,” said Kristin Windbigler, Western Folklife Center executive director. “The 34th Gathering will focus on the interesting intersection of international Basque culture, the Basques of the Great Basin and the buckaroo culture that we honor each year.”