Native North America: A Selection of Musical Trailblazers On Stage at Folk Fest
Our festival is renowned for presenting curated once-in-a-lifetime collaborations on its stages, but you haven’t experienced anything like the workshop you’ll see at 2:00 PM Saturday, July 9 on the Bur Oak stage – Native North America: A Selection of Musical Trailblazers. This special workshop is proudly supported by APTN and well-timed to commemorate Winnipeg’s Year of Reconciliation.
Native North America: A Selection of Musical Trailblazers
Featuring Willie Thrasher (with Linda Saddleback), Willy Mitchell, Duke Redbird, Eric Landry, Shingoose and William Prince
Proudly supported by APTN
Saturday, July 9 | 2:00 PM | Bur Oak
The concert brings together Aboriginal artists featured on the 2016 Grammy-nominated album, Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966-1985. Many North Americans enjoy traditional and ceremonial Aboriginal music, but are unfamiliar with the artists of that era who played folk, blues, country and rock. For decades, this music was overlooked by mainstream media, so hardly anyone outside the artists’ rural communities had the chance to discover it. That is, until Vancouver DJ and music historian Kevin Howes found these hidden treasures in dusty crates in tiny record shops across Canada.
On the stage the audience will see performances from Willie Thrasher (with Linda Saddleback), Willy Mitchell, Duke Redbird and Eric Landry and hear stories from Manitoba’s own Shingoose, who has previously performed six times over the festival’s history. Sadly, we have already lost some of the voices on this album, such as singer-songwriter Willie Dunn, who played the Winnipeg Folk Fest in 2006. Manitoba’s own folk-country singer William Prince will lend his voice to songs by artists who have passed, so their music can be heard by Winnipeg Folk Fest audiences and live on in memory.
Click here to read the feature about this workshop in today's Winnipeg Free Press.
*Please note the print version of the Winnipeg Free Press article published the incorrect date for the workshop. The workshop will be held Saturday, July 9, not July 2.
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