Jeremy Dutcher to perform at Shivering Songs 2019 along with Syrian-born American musician Bedouine.
Jeremy Dutcher will return home to New Brunswick in January to perform as part of the ninth annual Shivering Songs Festival.
Dutcher, a classically trained operatic tenor, composer, activist, musicologist and a member of the Tobique First Nation, was recently awarded one of the top honours in Canadian music when he was named the 2018 Polaris Music Prize winner for his debut album Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa (wool-las-two-wi-ig lint-two-wah-gun-ah-wa), an album was inspired by the work of elder Maggie Paul and a collection of century old field recordings at the Canadian Museum of History.
In creating Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa – a five year project through which Dutcher researched, composed and arranged 11 tracks based on the words and melodies found on those field recordings – he has given the Wolastoqiyik language and sone of its songs an entirely new life for an entirely new world of listeners.
“We’re thrilled to celebrate Jeremy Dutcher’s historic Polaris Prize victory, with a homecoming show at Shivering Songs,” said Festival co-organizer Zach Atkinson. “It’s an honour to present Jeremy alongside Bedouine, whose 2017 debut was hailed as “a modern folk masterpiece” (The FADER) from “a future legend” (The New York Times), and “one of the most charming albums of the year” (The Guardian).”
Bedouine is a Syrian-born American musician whose music has been described as “sixties folk meets seventies country-funk with a glimmer of bossa nova cool”.
Bedouine (aka Azniv Korkejian) released her self-titled debut album in 2017 and has since received high praise from the likes of NPR, The FADER and The New York Times. A review in Vogue Magazine called the album “a pure Americana trip back to the ’60s and ’70s—a bit folk, a bit country, replete with soft melodies and strong imagery that recall Joni Mitchell”.
Now entering its ninth year, the 2019 Shivering Songs Festival will see programming take place over six days through a variety of venues and found spaces throughout the city.
A midwinter celebration of songwriting and storytelling, and flagship partner of Fredericton’s FROSTival, Shivering Songs hosts internationally renowned artists in historic and intimate spaces throughout Downtown Fredericton, on the unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik people.
Shivering Songs 2019 will take place January 22-27. Passes go onside Friday October 5.