NATIVE NORTH AMERICA
Opening the season with aboriginal folk, rock, and country
Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966-1985 (NNA V1) is an archival music collection featuring 23 trailblazing First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists and groups. Released to international acclaim in November, 2014, NNA V1 has been profiled by CBC, NPR, The Guardian and Rolling Stone who ranked the album #12 in its list of the 40 Best Country Albums of 2014. Musically, the compilation showcases a selection of dynamic Indigenous talent that combines personal, community, spiritual, political and environmental thoughts, feelings and concerns with the global pop explosion of the time. The stories behind the songs are equally moving. In celebration of this decisive, yet still pertinent era, NACC is thrilled to present NNA V1’s Willie Thrasher, with partner Linda Saddleback, and John Angaiak for an evening of music, stories and images. NNA V1 producer Kevin Howes will also present a slide show of images documenting some of the lost treasures from this remarkable compilation.
Born in Aklavik, NWT, Willie Thrasher has been performing since the 1960s, initially as a drummer for early northern rock group the Cordells and then on his own across Canada and the USA. Based in Nanaimo, BC, Thrasher now performs alongside his partner, Linda Saddleback.
John Angaiak is a Yup’ik singer-songwriter born in Nightmute, Alaska. He began playing guitar at a young age before enlisting in the U.S. Armed Forces. Upon return from service in Vietnam, John attended the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, where he became active in Native language preservation as part of the Eskimo Language Workshop. In 1971 he released the full-length album I’m Lost in the City, which helped transform the once oral traditions of the Yup’ik language into writing.
Kevin “Sipreano” Howes is a Canadian music historian, producer, artist, DJ and record collector based out of Vancouver, BC. For the last 12 years he has worked in collaboration with Seattle/Los Angeles-based Light in the Attic Records.
Show is approximately 90-mins in length, with a 15-min intermission.
Re-post from http://www.naccnt.ca/events/nacc-season-shows/native-north-america-season-launch