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Juno-nominated Jeremy Dutcher performs sold out show on Friday – Brunswickan
by ahnationtalk onFebruary 6, 2019213 Views
Sitting in front of his piano under a ceiling filled with lights Jeremy Dutcher put on a culture-rich performance with the help of his ancestors.
From Tobique First Nation, Dutcher combines his power opera vocals and piano with archival audio clips of his Wolastoqiyik ancestors. The Polaris Prize winner was one of the 50 artists who performed for the Shiverings Songs Festival last week.
Samaqani Cocahq and Maggie Paul opened Dutcher’s performance at Wilmot Church by hand-drumming and singing in Wolastoq. “A good way to start the show is to bring our language in and let it live on this land,” said Dutcher.
Partway through each song, Dutcher would play audio clips of his ancestors singing and talking in Wolastoq. Dutcher found this archival material, recorded over 100 years ago on wax cylinders, at the Canadian Museum of History. He incorporates the voices of his ancestors to revive Indigenous culture and bring the Wolastoq language back to his community.