Big Muddy Folk Festival


Ray Abshire Trio
Cathy Barton & Dave Para
and Bob Dyer

Byron Berline & Barry Patton
Peter & Lou Berryman
Ralph Duren
Leela & Ellie Grace
Polka Don Lipovac
Katy Moffat
Bill Spence & George Wilson
Matt Watroba

Missouri Folk Arts Program





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Big Muddy Folk Festival
Boonville, Missouri
April 5—6, 2002

Ralph Duren

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Born in the country around Festus and Crystal City, Ralph Duren played the drums in the school marching band and later in a country western band to pay for earning a degree in animal husbandry, but he won't be drumming for us. You see, Ralph is a Grand National Champion Gobbler, and in 1997, he was judged to be able to call quail better than anyone else in the world. The imitation of the sounds of nature could very well be the oldest of our oral traditions. During his solid career with the Missouri Department of Conservation, Ralph has enjoyed his work as an outdoor, hunting and public relations specialists. Ralph appears monthly on KOMU-TV's "Pepper and Friends" and other shows around the state. He has also been on shows for National Public Radio, The Nashville Network and CNN, as well as guested for Tom Snyder, and the NBC Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Ralph is a highly sought for heritage festivals, rendezvous and school and church programs.