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Published on Nov 29, 2018
Jeremy Dutcher is a Wolastoqiyik member of the Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick. He is a classically trained operatic tenor who took the Canadian music scene by storm earlier this year when he won the Polaris Music Prize.
The inspiration for his debut album Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, (which won the Polaris prize) were a collection of 110 year old wax cylinder recordings of his ancestors found at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec. Urged on by an elder member of his community Maggie Paul, Jeremy has re-worked these recordings into a remarkable collection of songs.
This song Ultestakon, which means Shaker - is meant to be sung as a lullaby. Note that the recorded voice you are hearing right at the beginning of this piece is of an elder named Maggie Paul, she is from the Sitansisk First Nation - and she is in conversation with Jeremy about the musical practice and history of the Wolastoqiyik.
Jeremy Dutcher - piano and voice Greg Harrison - drums Blanche Israël - cello
Robert Short - senior videographer Stephanie Clattenburg - videographer Colin King - videographer
Rod Sneddon - senior recording engineer Pat Martin - recording engineer