Deseret String Band formed in 1972 and has performed throughout the US, Europe and Japan. The band’s purpose was to explore pioneer and cowboy music of the 19th century West. It acquired a few aliases through the years, including The Bunkhouse Orchestra, The Orchestre de Bunque, The String Band of Desire and Secondhand Band. Playing fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, banjo-mandolin, banjo-cello, harmonica, various squeeze boxes and pitched fork, the band performs dozens of dance tunes, pioneer ballads, cowboy songs and old country melodies. The roots of the band are in the early 1970s in Rhode Island when Hal Cannon, Leonard Coulson, Skip Gorman and Tom Carter began playing music together. Members of the band have included: Cannon, Coulson, Groman, Carter, Mark Jardine, Stephen Jardine, Richard McClure, Ron Kane and Meghan Merker. Discography:
Utah Trail (1973)
Land Of Milk and Honey (1974) (LP Available in FOLK COLL 52)
New Beehive Songster, Volume 1 (Undated)
New Beehive Songster, Volume 2 (Undated)
Deseret String Band: 1980-1984 (1984) (Audio Cassette Available in FOLK COLL 52)
Old Cowboy Songs, Song Book and Cassette (1986)
Red Steer (1990) Audio Cassette Available in FOLK COLL 52
Utah: Songs of Statehood (1990)
The Round-Up (Undated)
Cluck Cluck (Undated)
Collection contains news band files (including clippings of band promos, bios and features), photos, posters, vinyl recordings, VHS tapes, cassette tapes and reel to reel tapes.
Restrictions on Access : Restrictions
Open to public research. To access the collection a patron must have the following information: collection number, box number and folder/reel/ number. The materials do not circulate and are available in USU's Special Collections and Archives. Patrons must sign and comply with the USU Special Collections and Archives Use Agreement and Reproduction Order form as well as any restrictions placed by the collector or informant(s).Restrictions on Use : Copyright
It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.
Permission to publish material from the Utah State University undergraduate student fieldwork collection must be obtained from the Curator of the Fife Folklore Archives and/or the Special Collections Department Head.Preferred Citation :
Deseret String Band Collection, 1973-1999. (FOLK COLL 52, box, folder/reel/tapes no.). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.
The collection is organized by like media: band files (including correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs), reel-to-reels, cassette tapes, posters, video tapes.
Processing Note :
Processed in July 2012Acquisition Information :
Hal Cannon contacted Randy Williams by letter on 3 May 2011 inquiring about possible deposit of the Deseret String Band Collection at USU's Special Collections and Archives Fife Folklore Archives. Randy Williams wrote back on 24 May 2011 with an enthusiastic yes.
On 4 August 2011, Randy Williams and Brad Cole retrieved the collection from Hal Cannon and Leonard Coulson at Coulson's store Acoustic Music in Salt Lake City, Utah. The donation included four boxes.Custodial History :
The Deseret String Band members Hal Cannon and Leonard Coulson donated the band files to Utah State Univeristy Library Special Collections and Archives.
Detailed Description of the Collection