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The singer-songwriter known as Huckle was born Kelly Cavanagh in 1954 and grew up in

Montreal and Toronto. He moved west to Gabriola Island in 1973 and adopted the name

Huckle. He helped organize two western tours by Perth County Conspiracy (dne),

performing the warmup act for some of the shows. In spring 1974 on the first of the tours a

live recording was made of eleven original Huckle songs with Gary McKeehan engineering.

Nine songs were recorded live after soundcheck for Perth County's Vancouver concert at

Pender Auditorium March 1974.

The band included Huckle (vocals, guitar, mandolin) with Richard Keelan (guitar, vocals),

Michael Butler (bass), George Koumantaros (congas), Paul Gellman (vocals, fiddle, guitar),

and Wende Sinclair (vocals, bamboo flute).

 Two more songs were recorded live on stage at Gabriola Hall the next night. These tracks became

Huckle's first album release "Upon a Once Time". 500 copies were pressed and mostly sold off the

stage at concerts. One of the very first "indie" records, it has now become rare vinyl and sells for a

lot more than it did when it was new ($3).

In summer 1974 Huckle moved to Salt Spring Island and joined the wildly popular local band

Sodbusters. They threw boogies at community halls on Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and

the mainland. They also had a grant to tour and perform in BC prisons and work camps.

That fall they recorded an album with Si Garber in Vancouver, now also rare vinyl.

After wintering in Central America, a summer 1975 tour in eastern Canada included

performances by Huckle at many folk festivals (Home County, Northern Lights) and folk

coffeehouses (Black Swan, Yellow Door). Paul Gellman and Huckle did a caravan cross Canada

tour that fall, with Laura, Cathy, Sam and Jeremy, and Sally Sunshine along, and landed

back on Gabriola Island. Huckle and Paul formed a band, Wild Blue Yonder, with Wende Sinclair,

Tom Agostino, and Straw. They did a western Canada tour in spring 1976 including a live radio

show at the Hovel in Edmonton with Holger Petersen.

A third tour in fall of 1976 as a duo with Tom Agostino introduced the second Huckle album

"Wild Blue Yonder", now, you guessed it, rare vinyl. Recorded live and in the studio, the band

included Huckle (vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, flute, piano), Paul Gellman (vocals, fiddle,

guitar, piano), Wende Sinclair (vocals), Tom Agostino (vocals, bass), Straw (wooden drums),

Bob Walshaw (drums). 300 copies were pressed.

Also that year Huckle performed on the national CBC radio show Touch the Earth with

Sylvia Tyson and Bill Garrett.

In 1977 Huckle moved back to Salt Spring Island and began performing solo again, mostly in

Victoria. This led to the formation of Real Fantasy Band. He teamed up with some jazz fusion

players (including Hugh Fraser), and played festivals and shows with them for three years

His third album "Real Fantasy" had band recordings on side one and acoustic solo tracks

recorded at Michael Grieve's Keye Studio in Victoria on side two, released on cassette only.