Origin: Saskatchewan - Kaslo, British Columbia
Bob Unrau grew up in Saskatchewan. He played for radio and TV shows as a young adult. He met and married his wife in Kaslo, BC when he was 25 and at that point, music became more recreation than career. He had 4 children, all born and raised in Kaslo.
Bob continued to play in bands and at small local functions. His brother, Alex Riley wrote the song about Nancy Greene and Rossland right after Nancy won the Olympic medals. I believe he knew her. However, it took a year for him to find someone to record the music for them and by then, the Nancy Greene fame had died down.
Bob didn't really sing folk music per se; this was a step out on a limb for him. He was very country – and very creative. For example, he made up his own version of The Rhinestone Cowboy for one of his co-workers and sang it as “he’s a truck driving cowboy”. He doesn’t play anymore even though he yearns to. He has very stiff fingers and parkinsons. We recently bought him a tuner, new guitar strings and stuff but he hasn’t picked I up. Has flooded me with memories of him singing and campfires……
-Amberlee (Unrau) Ficociello