RUSS GURR DOCUMENTARY
Sunday, April 2, 2017 @ 2PM 
at the Evans Theatre in Brandon.
Here is the sneak peak of a story 
about a man who was always asked
"Please Bring Your Guitar".
https://youtu.be/hoGm21OvIck
Russ C Gurr
December 23, 1918 - November 8, 2011
Goodbye Old Friend
 ~ Bill and Sue-On
BILL AND SUE-ON HILLMAN'S
MUSICAL ODYSSEY
Presents
RUSS GURR
The Singing Farmer
Russ Gurr: The Singing FarmerRuss and Phyllis Gurr
www.hillmanweb.com/russgurr
Russell Clarence Gurr of Brandon passed away peacefully at his residence, Valleyview Care Centre, on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at the age of 92 years. A Traditional Funeral Service to honour Russ' life will be held at Knox United Church, 451-18th Street, on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. David Cathcart officiating. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Russ may be made to the Knox United Church Memorial Fund, 451-18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5A9 or to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information is presented below.
Russ was born December 23rd, 1918 at Arrow River, MB and with family at his side, peacefully passed away on November 8th, 2011 at Valleyview Care Centre in Brandon, MB. Russ was the second youngest and last surviving of seven children born to Albert and Bertha (Richardson) Gurr. In 1939 Russ married Phyllis Hunter of Lenore, MB. Russ always loved the land and over the years they farmed at Lenore, Hamiota and Brandon, MB. From 1952 to 1958 he served as the Progressive Conservative organizer for rural Manitoba. While still farming, Russ' singing career continued to develop with regular performances on CKX TV and many years of touring rural Canada for the Federal Grain Corp. and Eli Lilly Co. His proudest moment as an entertainer came in 1970 when he performed for Queen Elizabeth II as part of Manitoba's centennial celebrations. Russ was a storyteller, historian, musician and singer, farmer, politician, son, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to many. Predeceased by his wife Phyllis in 2000 and daughter-in-law Donna in 2002. Russ is survived by his children Wayne (Yolanda), Sherrill (John), Barry (Carolyn and Patricia (Wayne), 14 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and a large extended family. A celebration of Russ' life was held at Knox United Church  on Saturday, November 12th, 2011 with Rev. David Cathcart officiating. The eulogy was given by grand-daughter, Tracie Willkinson and the pallbearers were grandsons, Brad Gurr, Kent Arrell, Adam Gurr, Michael Workman and great-grandson, Paul Pomehichuk. Brockie Donovan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
THE TWENTY THIRD DAY
On the 23rd day of December, I began 
My long long journey in a big big land 

I was born one day | By the town of Arrow River 
Where the winds were cold | And made a little boy shiver 
Where the Grand Trunk winding | Through the hills would blow 
And her whistle would rattle | In the drifting snow 

The world was wrapped in holly | With the tinsel on the trees 
For a baby in a manger | Who would mean a lot to me 
And on the twenty third day | Of December I began 
My long long journey 
In a big big land. 

I remember with my father | To the little town I'd go 
Beside him on the wagon | With the horses it was slow 
He would always buy me something | With the little that he had 
For there's nothing like the bonds | Between a father and his dad 

I remember when a cyclone | Tore the fences from the ground 
But on Sunday we're back praying | In the church there in our town 
 And we sang the hymns together | With my parents I would stand 
For that long long journey 
In a big big land. 

From On the Road with Russ Gurr ~ Words and Music by Russ

Lost Island Farm.Martin Guitar
Russ at home ~ with Bill and Sue-On Hillman.Russ surrounded by family and career memories.Russ  going over career clippings with Bill and Sue-On

I. From the Hillman Scrapbooks

1. OVERVIEW: CKX-TV ~ Austin Threshermen's Reunion ~ EXPO '67  ~ Federal Grain & Treflan Tours
2. SCRAPBOOK I: Newspaper and Magazine Clippings featuring Russ and the Western Union
3. PHOTO GALLERY I: Hillmans on the road with Russ Gurr and Western Union: Photos from the Hillman Collection
4. PHOTO GALLERY II: Hillmans on the road with Russ Gurr and Western Union: Photos from the Hillman Collection
5. PHOTO GALLERY III: Hillmans on the road with Russ Gurr and Western Union: Photos from the Hillman Collection
6. PHOTO GALLERY IV: Hillmans on the road with Russ Gurr and Western Union: Photos from the Hillman Collection
II. From the Russ Gurr Scrapbooks
7. SCRAPBOOK II: Newspaper clippings featuring Russ
8. SCRAPBOOK III: More newspaper clippings featuring Russ
9. RUSS GURR CAREER SCRAPBOOK: A lifetime of photos from the Russ Gurr Collection
10. THE FEDERAL GRAIN TRAIN: Covers and lyrics from Russ's first album
11. ON THE ROAD with RUSS GURR: Covers and lyrics from Russ's second album
12. HOGS ARE BEAUTIFUL: Covers and lyrics from Russ's third album
13. NOTES FROM THE RUSS GURR ORIGINAL 1967 DEMO TAPE
 
THE RUSS GURR STORY
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WELCOME
OVERVIEW
LIBRARY I
PHOTOS I
PHOTOS II
PHOTOS III
PHOTOS IV
LIBRARY II
LIBRARY III
PHOTOS V
LYRICS I
LYRICS II
LYRICS III
DEMO NOTES
ODYSSEY
 PM DIEFENBAKER ON OUR STAGE
HILLMAN GIG NOTES CH. 4: PRAIRIE TOURS

A rare previously unrecorded Russ Gurr song: Stompin' Tom and Me.
Recorded by Steve Fruitman in Russ's Brandon living room in the summer of 2003.
Russ Gurr: Recipient of the Porcupine Hall of Fame Award 2003

Listen Here:
Russ Gurr sings Stompin' Tom and Me
 


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