Portrait of Valdy by

David Goatley SFCA, CIPA

visit David at http://www.davidgoatley.com/

Valdy has been entertaining audiences in Canada and a dozen other countries since the late 1960s. The singer, songwriter and guitar player is an icon in the Canadian folk music scene with 13 albums and two Juno Awards behind him.

Born Valdemar Horsdal in Ottawa, Valdy has sold almost half a million copies of his albums and has seven Juno nominations and four Gold albums to his credit. He has travelled the length and breadth of Canada, and toured abroad from Denmark to Australia. For five years in a row he has been invited to perform at the prestigious Kerrville Festival in Texas.

Today Valdy lives with his wife Kathleen on Salt Spring Island, where he is a frequent performer at charity events and benefits. He is also the sound man at events of the Salt Spring Folk Club, an organization he helped found a few years ago.

* 14 albums, 22 singles, 4 Gold Records, nearly half a million units sold worldwide.

* 2 Juno awards, 7 Juno nominations (Country Male Vocalist & Folksinger).

* "Songwriter of the Year" and CARAS awards in Folk/Bluegrass categories.

* Host of "BC Music Project" music video show, winner of the 1989 Gold Ribbon Talent Development Award.

* TV talk show guest (Open Mic w/ Mike Bullard Feb.'01, Canada AM Feb.'01) and occasional guest/host

*Twice was a panelist on the popular Front Page Challenge

* CBC simulcast (TV w/ Radio 2 stereo), an hour-long TV special "Folksinger Deluxe with a Side of Fries".

*Lead role on "The Beachcombers", minor roles in 2 movie features.

*Valdy has toured and still does tour in America, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. Valdy is an oft-invited performer at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas.

*Song writing workshops. Movie sound tracks, TV and film scores. CD producer. Slash burning.


Valdemar Horsdal was a Dane born in Ottawa. He began playing guitar as a teenager and later learnt piano and orchestration in Victoria. In the mid-sixties he was with The Town Criers. He later played for a Montreal-based band, The Prodigal Sons, but they don't appear to have made it onto vinyl. By the mid-seventies he was one of Canada's most successful folk singers (second to Gordon Lightfoot), having signed to A&M distributed Haida Records in 1972 and enjoyed a string of hits.

He still records today in a career that has spanned 20 years and included collaborations with the Hometown Band and singer/songwriters like Max Bennett and Bob Ruzicka. Later albums, particularly Hot Rocks in 1977, dealt with environmental issues.


Valdy 1001

vinyl LP

extremely rare sealed LP

small hole in corner

Valdy Notes From Places

Vinyl LP (12-Inch)
Label: DUKE STREET 1985



1.NEW SEALED/has right top corner cut off


Valdy Country Man

vinyl LP

Release Date: 12/31/1971

A veteran of the guitar and piano from an early age, Valdy grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, born of Danish parents. From the mid-'60s, he played with the London Town Criers, the Prodigal Sons and Blake Emmons. Signed to A&M for a solo contract, Valdy recorded his first solo album, Country Man, in 1972 and soon became Canada's second most popular folk singer (behind Gordon Lightfoot) through albums such as Landscapes (1973), Family Gathering (1974), See How the Years Have Gone By (1975) and Valdy & the Hometown Band (1976). Four more albums followed for A&M: Hot Rocks (1978), Passport: Best of Valdy (1979), 1001 (1980) and Valdy's Kids Record (1982). After one album for Duke Street entitled Notes from Places in 1985, Valdy signed with Oak Street Music and released Heart at Work in 1993. He has also collaborated with Max Bennett and Bob Ruzicka.


very rare LP only 1 available

Vinyl is in VG+++

Cover is


Valdy & Hometown Band

vinyl LP

Personnel: Valdy – lead vocals & acoustic guitar; Geoff Eyre – drums, percussion & background vocals; Shari Ulrich – violin & background vocals; Claire Lawrence – saxophone & flute; Jerry Scheff – bass; Doug Edwards – bass; Eddie Patterson – electric guitar; Dave Sinclair – acoustic 6 & 12 string guitar; Craig Wood – banjo & mandolin.

very rare LP only 1 available




Valdy Family Gathering

Label: A&M SP9013
Release Date: 12/31/1973


very rare LP only 1 available




Valdy Passport: The Greatest Hits

originally released on vinyl LP & cassette
A&M RECORDS 1980 CS - 69973

very rare LP only 1 available




Valdy Heart At Work

producers (Bill Henderson, Bill Buckingham and Dan Donahue)

a very rare cd available in mint condition

only 1 used cd available

Valdy Landscapes

ultra RARE Vinyl LP 12" 33 RPM




Valdy meet Gary Fjellgaard; Gary Fjellgaard, this is ValdyOf Course, introductions are unnecessary - these two guys have known each other far too long for any kind of formality. Now, with their first album together, Contenders, on the leading Canadian roots music record label, Stony Plain - and a national tour underway, they make the most logical duo in Canadian music.Consider, if you will, what they share. They\'re both family men. They both live on small islands off the coast of British Columbia. They\'re both singer-songwriters with an eye for memorable tunes and finely-honed images. They\'re both road warriors who tour, and tour, and tour.They\'re both committed Canadians, and, more particularly, committed Western Canadians. And their music draws on all the aspects of life in the west. \"Western roots\" they call it. It\'s music that, in every note, echoes the mountains and the sea, the cowboys and the fishermen, the oil well roustabouts and the loggers, the sunsets and the rain, the streak of rugged independence and contrariness that so many display, and the generosity and warmth that make Westerners so welcoming to all. Valdy, born Valdemar Horsdal in Ottawa, has been part of the fabric of Canadian pop and folk music for years. A man with a thousand friends, from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island, he\'s a songwriter who catches the small but telling moments that make up life.Still remembered for Play Me a Rock and Roll Song, his bitter-sweet memory of finding himself, a relaxed and amiable story-teller, facing a rambunctious audience at a rock festival, Valdy has sold almost half a million copies of his 13 albums, and has two Juno Awards (a total of seven Juno nominations), and four Gold albums to his credit.Along the way, he\'s taken his music to a dozen different countries, from Denmark to Australia, been an invited performer for five years in a row at the prestigious Kerrville Festival in Texas, and even played a lead role in an episode of The Beachcombers.Today, he\'s based on Salt Spring Island, where he lives with his wife, three dogs and a cat (the three grown-up \"kids\" are all now living in other parts of British Columbia). Gary Fjellgaard has been described as a \"national treasure\" and one writer summed up his music this way: \"It is so rich that his art is free of bitterness, whining, self-pity, and manufactured pathos. He is the poet of the extravagantly good side of the human spirit; breathtakingly humane and compassionate.\"Like Valdy, Fjellgaard came to the Gulf Islands (he lives with his wife on Gabriola Island) well into his 25-year career. The island’s peaceful calm (not to mention the view from his living room window) makes it hard for him, sometimes, to leave. It is not only a haven from the road, and a different geography than the one he knew growing up in Saskatchewan, but a place to write the sort of songs that lovingly recall the past, take an affectionate view of the present and look optimistically into the future.He has a stubborn streak, which is why he\'s never changed his Norwegian name so people who don\'t know him could spell and pronounce it properly; now nearly everyone knows it\'s pronounced Fell-Gard. As a songwriter, he\'s a storyteller - and the stories he tells come from his two decades in the logging industry, his annual stints as a trail-riding cowboy, and his travels back and forth across Canada.His reputation has been earned in the country music field, and if his songs bear little resemblance to the \"hot new country\" that fills the airwaves today, he has had more than his share of successes - and has a shelf-full of awards to prove it. Together, Valdy and Gary Fjellgaard are a near-perfect team. The songs they\'ve written for Contenders touch their common ground with the familiarity and warmth only old friends can share. They are both experienced entertainers who know how to earn the respect of their audiences, and deliver shows, night after night, that send people home with smiles and the feeling that they\'ve experienced something special and heartwarming.The pair are in the midst of a national tour to support Contenders, and to bring the songs to audiences across the country. No spotlights. No stacks of heavy-duty speakers and power amplifiers. No all-star backup band. Just two guys, two guitars, and two dozen songs or more that tell where they\'ve been, where they are and where they\'re going.

A new decade really needs the old verities more than ever before, and these contenders prove the point.

thanks to Marci at Noteworthy Concepts

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Valdy & Gary Fjellgaard Contenders

CD (December 28, 1999)
Original Release Date: April 4, 2000
Label: Stony Plain Music

a duet from Vancouver Island's Hall of Fame

Christmas Dream, A Valdy, Gary Fjellgaard, Nathan Tinkham, Saskia Munroe

SEALED (only 1 left)


A Christmas Dream CD is a unique collaboration featuring 11 original and traditional Christmas songs from legendary Canadian musicians Valdy and Gary Fjellgaard, B.C. singer/songwriters Nathan Tinkham and Saskia Munroe and songwriter Darrel Delaronde. Created to raise money for B.C. food banks, the recording presents a musical feast that is destined to become a Christmas classic.

Nathan Tinkham - guitar, dobro & vocals

Valdy - guitar,bass & vocals

Gary Fjellgaard - guitar & vocals

Saskia Munroe - bass & vocals

Krista Stovel - vocals