Conrad Boyce first arrived in the Yukon more than 40 years ago to perform in a Gold Rush era vaudeville revue called the Frantic Follies. One of his acts in the show was to recite “Blasphemous Bill”, a classic comic yarn by the Bard of the Yukon,
Robert W. Service. It began a lifelong love affair with Service, and Conrad has recited his poems for thousands of fans in hundreds of places, from cruise ships to campfires, and most memorably, for several summers on the lawn of Service’s own cabin in Dawson City.
Now Conrad brings the magic of Service to fans in the Valley for one night only, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church in Beachburg, as a benefit for the Whitewater Region Public Library. The evening, titled “Eldorado: A Night in the Klondike”, will feature a collection of the Bard’s greatest Yukon poems, from lyrical gems like “The Spell of the Yukon” to lesser-known comic masterpieces like “The Ballad of the Ice-Worm Cocktail”. And Dan McGrew will likely get shot, and Sam McGee cremated, along the way as well.
Tickets are $20 at the door, or in advance at the Candle Wick in Cobden.