John P. Doran

Personal Biography

John P. Doran, also known as the "Celtic Cowboy" owns and operates North Cascade Outfitters, a packing company located in the High Cascade mountains of Washington State. John grew up on a 700 acre ranch in Twisp, Washington where he still resides. John says "Having spent most of my life around horses and working as a packer and guide it’s given me lots of material to draw from for my poetry. I started writing and reciting cowboy poetry as a way to recount some of the experience I’ve encountered along the way." All the poetry he performs are original compositions gleaned from a life in the saddle ranching and packing others into the high mountain wilderness.

John has been performing in poetry gatherings around the state of Washington for the past three years and of course around the campfire for his clients.

Other notable points of experience and background are as follows:

  • Invited artist at the 15th anual Western Folklife Center's Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Elko, Nevada, January 23rd- 30th, 1999.
  • Master of Ceremonies and cowboy poetry recital at the Loomis, California Cowpok Poetry Gathering, November 13th - 14, 1998.
  • Master of Ceremonies and cowboy poetry recital at the Winthrop, Washington October West and Packers Rendezvous yearly since 1991.
  • Cowboy poetry recital at the Omak, Washington Cowboy Jubilee, March 1997, 1998.
  • Cowboy poetry recital at the Ellensburg, Washington (1996 & 97) and Puyallup, Washington (1998) Back Country Horseman’s Rendezvous.
  • Achieved lifetime dream of acquiring a set of bagpipes and learned to play them, much to the chagrin of his family and local livestock. Plays for wakes and weddings across the state.
  • Strengthened Celtic connection while traveling in Australia and Ireland, performing at various sites.
  • Has performed for the past twenty years as a singer, tin whistle, harmonica and bagpipe player in various Celtic bands.
  • Along with ranching John has worked as a firefighter, smokejumping for the U.S. Forest Service and attained the rank of Lieutenant in the Wenatchee, WA fire department. In 1990 he left the department after sixteen years of service to return to the ranch in the Methow Valley full time to operate his outfitting business and write cowboy poetry.
  • Since 2001 John has worked with the U.S. Army conducting staff rides, horsemanship classes and training Special Forces for combat on horse back and mule packing.


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