Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Saddle Up with Cinch

The cover of Wayne Arthur's recently published
autobiography. Copies will be available for purchase
at the Author's launch event at the Museum.

“Fall in the Rockies, elk Bugling, trees a-golden, a chill in the wind, frosty mornings, clear blue skies with silky threads of light cloud. It all goes by so fast. So, let’s get out there before winter,” introduces Chapter Thirteen of Saddle Up With Cinch. Sounds like the days we have experienced, lately.

Dr. Rick Erlendson, a friend of more than 36 years, in his Forward to Cinch’s book writes, “Before long, Cinch was leaving his footprints all over the Peace country. He was a popular speaker across the greater Peace region at conventions, prayer breakfasts and men’s retreats. Some people didn’t even know he was a recording artist (Songs of Pioneer, 1965; Cinch Songs, 1976; Alberta Gold, 1978; It’s a Cinch, 1995). He also performed for many years with the Misery Mountain Boys – invited to perform at EXPO ’86 in Vancouver. More recently, he’s played fiddle with the bluegrass band Peace Valley Boys. Most people thought Cinch’s claim to fame was teaching scripture. 
He was soon a much sought-after announcer on the rodeo circuit, and a popular emcee for everything from bluegrass festivals to community banquets.”

Well, when you read Saddle Up With Cinch you will learn all of this and more about the man who was born Wayne Franklin Arthur in Princeton, B.C. and was a bit of a rascal. “I was always up to something.” His memory takes him back to those days and the journey he has taken to today, which, no doubt, accounts for his book dedication: “To my patient and understanding wife and my four beautiful daughters who nervously lived the stories herein and didn’t want their children to know the details.”

So, come along for the ride with Cinch along the more than 420 pages of memory lane – one of the best literary rides you will ever experience.

Cinch, his books and music will be at the Peace River Museum, Archives and Mackenzie Centre, 10302-99 St., Saturday, September 17, 2016, 3-5 p.m.

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