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Robert Bouchard - Biography

ROBERT BOUCHARD
Born: Arichat (Isle Madame), Nova Scotia, CANADA

As a 13 year-old Robert Bouchard made his first television appearance on the T.R. Ranch show aired out of Sydney, Nova Scotia. He continued to hone his craft as a singer / songwriter while serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force for three years, following which he became a regular performer on the Olands Saturday Night TV show (sponsored by Oland's Brewery, famous for its Moosehead brand), aired on CJCB (Sydney, NS).

Robert Bouchard recorded his first album in 1967, entitled "The Irish & Country Sides Of Robert Bouchard". After marrying Giselle (Boudreau) Bouchard, the duo teamed-up on stage and in the recording studio, with their first duo album "She's My Lady" released in 1980 on their own independent label (RGB-3231). The album was produced by Dougal Trineer at Marc Studios in Ottawa, and featured covers of hit tunes of the day, as well as the album's title track and the song "I've Tried It Before (I'll Try It Again)" both written by Robert Bouchard.

In 1983 Robert & Giselle released the album "Sing The Songs Of Audie Murphy", (Clearwood Records -BMD-1904), a tribute to the songwriting of American war hero / movie star Audie Murphy and his songwriting partner, Canadian-born Scott Turner, who also produced the album in Nashville studios. Two singles were released from the album including "When The Wind Blows In Chicago" b/w " "Island Of Sunshine" (Clearwood-1905); and "Go On And Break My Heart" b/w "My Lonesome Room" (Comstock-1709).

In 1983 Robert Bouchard released the single "Fallin' For You" b/w "You Couldn't Hold Me Back If You Tried" on the USA-based Comstock Records label. The A-side of the release marked Robert Bouchard's first nationally charted single in Canada, peaking at #42 on the RPM Charts in 1984. A second single was released on the Comstock label, with the Sonny Throckmorton-penned song "Rosie" b/w "We'd Make A Great Country Song".

Following the separation of the Robert & Giselle duo, Robert Bouchard continued as as solo artist, recording the 1987 album "Just Enough Love", released on the Ottawa-based Destiny Records label. The album was produced by Mel Aucoin at Toronto's Inception Sounds Studios, and yielded the charted single "Just Look At You" (Destiny-5339), which earned a #50 spot on the RPM Charts; and the follow-up "20/20 Vision" (Destiny-5601).

At the height of his solo career Robert Bouchard made guest appearances on the Tommy Hunter TV show and Ian Tyson's Sun Country TV show, both aired nationally across Canada. Bouchard also opened concert shows for Nashville headliners Gene Watson, Earl Thomas Conley and The Gatlin Brothers.

Robert Bouchard was inducted into the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall Of Fame in 2014. Giselle Bouchard passed away October 15, 1999 in London, Ontario.

 

Ashley MacIsaac and fellow performers entertained at

Port Hawkesbury venue

I took a break from preparing for the holidays and attended Ashley MacIsaac’s Celtic Christmas at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre on Dec. 22.

What an amazing concert it was.

Anytime MacIsaac, who is one of Cape Breton’s number one fiddlers and all-around top entertainer performs, it is bound to be incredible.

Performing along with MacIsaac were Hilda Chaisson on piano and Maxim Cormier on guitar, and Richmond County’s Trina Samson and the Island Steppers as well as Robert Bouchard, one of Nova Scotia’s best country entertainers.

During the evening MacIsaac performed many favourite Christmas carols and a number of traditional fiddle tunes, to the delight of the audience.

It was very touching when he played a special song for his mother, who was seated in the audience. It is always so special to have your children with you at Christmas time, but I am sure his dedication of the tune made this Christmas extra special.

MacIsaac also made Christmas special for Trina Samson’s Island Steppers, by asking them to perform as part at the Celtic Christmas concert.

Samson and the Island Steppers performed some of their classic step-dancing numbers, ending the evening with one of their signature numbers where they added a special surprise for the audience. Like a moment from a magician’s show, their dance dresses magically changed right in front of the audience’s eyes, leaving many trying to figure out how they did it. Of course Christmas is a time of magic, so maybe Samson used a little of Santa’s magic, but she isn’t telling.

Another highlight of the evening for me was Robert Bouchard’s performance. He has always been one of my favourite country artists and he certainly did not let the audience down.

It was typical for a Cape Breton native to take time out of his regular routine to acknowledge a member of the audience — Viola Tousnard, who will turn 95 years of age in a couple of weeks — was sitting in the front row, and he asked her if she had any requests she would like to hear.

Bouchard then performed her two requests of “Shutters and Boards” and “Rose Coloured Glasses.”

Along with concert festivities, the 22nd also marked Bouchard’s birthday and his fellow artists and the audience joined in a round of “Happy Birthday.”

Quite a night in Port Hawkesbury for sure.

Ann Marie Yorke’s column appears every two weeks in the Cape Breton Post and she can be contacted by email at annmarieyorke@hotmail.com.

 

Richmond County's Robert Bouchard inducted into N.S. Country Music Hall of Fame

SYDNEY — Cape Breton musician Robert Bouchard has been inducted into the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame.

Bouchard, who resides in West Arichat, Richmond County, is an inductee in the professional vocalist category.

He has had a lifelong musical career appearing on various television programs including the T.R. Ranch country show, The Tommy Hunter Show and Sun Country as well as on stages across Nova Scotia. As a singer, songwriter with many fans, Bouchard is known by many as "Cape Breton's Country Gentleman.". He has the distinction of being the only artist to record an album entitled "Songs of Audie Murphy."

The board of directors of the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame announced the 2014 inductees which will also include Gordon Stobbe (pioneer and honorary inductee), Cindy Church (professional vocalist inductee) and Sugartime (semi-professional vocalist  inductee).

These inductees will join Hank Snow, Wilf Carter, Anne Murray, Rita MacNeil, Carroll Baker, Joyce Seamone, Jim & Don Haggart, Jo-Ann Newman, Ned Landry, Don Messer and others as members of the N.S. Country Music Hall of Fame.

The induction awards ceremony will be held on Sept. 13 at the Best Western Glengarry in Truro.

 

 

 

A life-long performing artist, Robert Bouchard has toured this national vast expanse on more than one occasion. He is a bonafide country sensation who has earned many accolades, the most recent being an induction into the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame.
No stranger to television cameras, Robert Bouchard accepted an invitation to appear on the popular Tommy Hunter Show, among others.
A native of Arichat, Cape Breton, Robert showed both his Irish and Country Sides in a introductory recording of the same name. In the years that followed, Robert and duet partner Giselle, recorded 2 more albums. These were followed by 3 solo recordings adding up to a total lifetime of 6 recording projects.
Today, we are about to witness the cream rising to top yet again with the release of his new CD entitled  'That's What I Live For'.
His fans have already heard and witnessed what he was placed on this earth to do, sing & entertain! Others are in for the finest country artist to ever emerge from these parts.

 

 

 

CAPE BRETON POST

Richmond County's Robert Bouchard inducted into N.S. Country Music Hall of Fame

Published on April 17, 2014

SYDNEY — Cape Breton musician Robert Bouchard has been inducted into the

Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame.

Bouchard, who resides in West Arichat, Richmond County, is an inductee in the professional vocalist category.

He has had a lifelong musical career appearing on various television programs including the T.R. Ranch country show, The Tommy Hunter Show and Sun Country as well as on stages across Nova Scotia. As a singer, songwriter with many fans, Bouchard is known by many as "Cape Breton's Country Gentleman.". He has the distinction of being the only artist to record an album entitled "Songs of Audie Murphy."

The board of directors of the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame announced the 2014 inductees which will also include Gordon Stobbe (pioneer and honorary inductee), Cindy Church (professional vocalist inductee) and Sugartime (semi-professional vocalist  inductee).

These inductees will join Hank Snow, Wilf Carter, Anne Murray, Rita MacNeil, Carroll Baker, Joyce Seamone, Jim & Don Haggart, Jo-Ann Newman, Ned Landry, Don Messer and others as members of the N.S. Country Music Hall of Fame.