Minstrels Reunion Concerts
Queen Creek, Arizona, April 2 - 3, 2005
April 1: Arizona's Official
Balladeer (and original
Minstrel)
Dolan Ellis rejoins
Randy Sparks and the
Minstrels onstage for
rehearsal.
April 1:  Above left: Original Minstrel Gayle Caldwell, along with Lori
Brandon, Becky Jo Benson
and Jennifer Smith take a break during
rehearsal.  Above right:  
Jackie & Gayle together again.
April 1: Minstrels jam at
the fan party at Tim
Jacobs' house.  Left to
right:  
"Cousin" Dave
Rainwater, Chuck
Cole, Clarence Treat,
Todd Hallawell.
April 1:  Ron Wilburne
(left) looks on as former
Minstrel
Bill Florian
(right) joins
Cousin
Dave, Lori, Todd
and
Clarence in the dining
room "concert."
April 2:  Randy Sparks & The Minstrels in
concert.  Right:  
Gayle Caldwell and
Jackie Miller Davidson
April 2:
Randy introduced the
audience to
his new group, the
Bear Back Riders of
America
, including
Becky Jo Benson,
Jennifer Smith,
and Art Morgan.
April 2:  Original Minstrel Art Podell
signs autographs after the concert.
April 3:  Randy is
delighted to meet a
surprise attendee of the
Sunday matinee concert
--
Travis Edmonson of
the legendary folk duo
Bud & Travis.
April 3: Barb Evans
and Cheryl Jacobs
sell Minstrels CD's
and Randy's
beautifully-framed
sheet music covers
April 3: At the cast party Minstrels and friends view videos of The
New Christy Minstrels
on The Andy Williams Show, circa 1963.  
They marvel at the talents of the beautiful young people on the
screen.
April 2:  Original
Minstrels
Gayle
Caldwell, Jackie Miller
Davidson
and Clarence
Treat
Concert poster featuring
The New Christy Minstrels of
1963:

Back row:  
Art Podell, Barry
Kane, Barry McGuire, Nick
Woods, Clarence Treat.

Center row:  Jackie Miller, Randy
Sparks, Gayle Caldwell.

Lower left, Dolan Ellis; lower
right,
Larry Ramos
April 3: Pastor Tim
Jacobs of
Mountain Vista
Bible Church regales his
congregation with stories
of Friday evening's
Minstrel party at his
home.  Click
here to
hear part of Tim's
message.