Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat

"A Winter Night's Yeow," a multi-band music and comedy show that toured the Mother Lode and Central Valley for over a decade, makes its raucous return to Columbia's Fallon House Theater for one special show on Saturday.

Sourdough Slim, a singing, yodeling cowboy from Paradise and a "Yeow" headliner since its inception, said, "I couldn't be more excited about this show."

The evening will be a tribute to Ron DeLacy, the irreverent songwriter and performer who died last July and who was for many years the producer of the "Yeow" tours.

"Everyone who knew Ron knows that he wanted the show to go on - and the laughter and the jokes and the music and the fun," said a close friend at a recent memorial gathering.

Advance tickets are $20 general admission or $25 on the day of the show if there are any tickets left. Advance tickets are available at the Jack Douglass Saloon in Columbia, Tradewinds consignment shop in Sonora and by telephone at 853-2128.

Slim, who has played his music from California to Carnegie Hall, teams up for "Yeow" with the La Grange folk trio Faux Renwah - "Cactus Bob" Cole, Chris "Prairie Flower" Stevenson and Chris's son, Michael P. Kennedy - and the comic duo Old Soles, an acoustic fiddle and banjo pairing made up of clog-dancing "Yeow" veteran Masha Goodman Crawford and her multi-talented husband Geff Crawford.

Dave Cavanagh, who for years headed up the show with DeLacy in the duo Doodoo Wah, will join the cast as their special guest.

The evening also will include a tribute to the late Sarah Elizabeth Campbell and a reunion of the surviving Fiddlestix members.

The songs and the singers change a little from year to year, but the fast-pace format remains: The three main bands play short sets throughout the show, often with some surprises thrown in, and at the end, the whole cast gets together for the closing "Yeow" set.

"Nobody in the audience goes home without a smile on their face," said Slim, "and neither do we."