Tampa Way The Water Is Wide Hidalgo
Goodbye Love Wildflower Now That I Found You
Storm After Storm Carolina Rain Blue Montana Skies
It's Unreal Miles Of Blue The Seeds You Sow
So Near To Me The Enchantress Song For Alex
This Is The Way It Begins Blue Mountain Road The Sawyer


Born into a musical family in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada, Dale, being a self taught musician, learned to play guitar at the early age of 11 while tuning into the local television station CHLT-TV and playing along with the local radio broadcasts and was playing country music "Professionally" by the age of 12 with his brother David and close friends Ron Hesaltine and Murray Ward at the "Ive's Hill & Drapers Corner" community hall earning $7.00 for a Saturday evening.

Not long after joining Ron's father Gerry Hesaltine's "Blue Ribbon Boys" with Bruce Patton, Cliff Woodard, Stewart Deacon, Les Beaulieau, Ron Ward and learning to play the "Big Band" era music, Dale's family moved to Vancouver, B.C. in the late '60s.

Dale experienced the big city music scene, and after playing the downtown Vancouver music circuit with various bands, he then helped form the successful group "Highway" and eventually ended up co-founding a six piece country music show band, "The Silver Dollar Band," winning two 1978 BCCMA awards and touring with the likes of Bobby Bare, Johnny Rivers, Ronnie Prophet, Dick Damron, Ray Griff and the late Buck Owens & the Buckeroos, who recorded some of their original compositions, of which he is very proud.

After long term success there, Dale found his way to eastern Saskatchewan to pursue his dream of owning and running his own nightclub, and also began working with the popular Saskatchewan "Moods Indigo" dance band.

He also began a business association with Del Dunn, brother of NHL player/coach Dave Dunn (Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks) culminating in working the top country clubs and venues in Regina, Saskatoon, and playing the " Big Valley Jamboree" in Craven in 1985, where he met Ontario native Terry Sumsion.

Always on the move and looking to improve, and with his personal life bringing him to Ontario, Dale settled in the Brantford area and eventually went on to work for 6 years with "Terry Sumsion & South Paw" as lead electric guitar player, touring Ontario, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee, and getting a chance to share the stage with the likes of Martina McBride, Gene Watson, Kentucky Headhunters, George Jones, John Conlee, Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty, as well as being the Headliner with Terry Sumsion at venues throughout Southwestern Ontario, and Canada in general.

As Terry slowed his touring dates, Dale went on to join with Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees "The Good Brothers" (Larry, Bruce & Brian) and toured throughout Canada and Europe, touring with them until urgent family matters brought him off the road and home to Quebec, where he still resides today.

Dale composes music, plays a multitude of instruments including, guitar, pedal steel guitar, bass & resonator guitar, as well as strong vocals.

After winning a prestigious local music achievement award in 2008 for "Musician Of The Year," he now composes and records in his home studio, and via the internet, with musicians from coast to coast, while freelancing with local artists and bands such as Chantal Cliche, Jo-Anne Moreault, Four Wheel Drive, The Country Swingers, and others...

Music is and always will be foremost in his life....


Dale suffered a serious stroke on Easter Sunday in 2011, but is gradually improving, and hopes to play again!  He sends his love!.......


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