Willie Thrasher, Linda Saddleback - Asumatak album
Willie Thrasher (born 1948) is a Canadian Inuit musician from Aklavik, Northwest Territories. He has recorded both as a solo artist, and as a member of several bands, including The Cordells, and Red Cedar, with Morley Loon. Thrasher has advocated for Inuit and First Nations issues for much of his career. Thrasher was born in 1948, in Aklavik. He was born into the traditional Inuit hunting culture of the western Arctic; his father was a whaler and hunter
No spring chicken, Willie Thrasher has made music since the mid-Sixties, when he drummed for the Cordells, Northern Canada’s first Native American rock band. Today, the 67-year-old Inuk has a voice that cuts through the din, its insistent rasp like an axe against a wall of chatter. Not that Thrasher needs a weapon, if his Levitation set was any indication. Photo by John Anderson. Accompanied by his partner Linda Saddleback – the Linda McCartney to his Paul – Thrasher established a connection with the audience that made us root for him no matter how familiar the game became from turn to turn. Engaging the crowd in the Inuit chant that drives Odiac, and even starting a call-and-response Austin cheer, Thrasher had us in the palm of his hand from the beginning.
Thrasher doesn’t remember his name, but he remembers what he said, how he gently prodded him and his young Aboriginal bandmates. He said, ‘Why don’t you write about your Inuit culture, about your traditional ways? About how you used to live a long time ago, how you used to live off the land?’ Thrasher says. He moved to Ottawa in 1970, and began writing the songs which would make up his debut album, Spirit Child. Blending traditional melodies with folk rock, it was released by the Canadian Broadcast Company in 1981 and propelled Thrasher’s career playing universities and festivals. He released another record in 2009, Asumatak - The Great Land, but says that those songs, along with most of those he writes, still come from the same place, an inward space built around his culture. Sometimes I take my guitar out by the lake, Thrasher says.
CJLO - 1690AM, Suoni Per Il Popolo, CHOQ . Willie Thrasher & Linda Saddleback, Little Fire + Court Métrage: The Ballad of Crowfoot, Sipreano. Hosted by Suoni Per Il Popolo.
Willie Thrasher is a gifted Inuk singer and songwriter who lives in Nanaimo, British Columbia. In 2014, three of Thrasher’s earliest songs, appeared on the wondrous and revelatory Light in the Attic Records compilation, Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966-1985, renewing interest in his and other Aboriginal artists’ work. On October 30, Thrasher’s powerful 1981 debut album .
Get the Willie Thrasher Setlist of the concert at Carson Creek Ranch, Austin, TX, USA on May 8, 2015 and other Willie Thrasher Setlists for free on setlist. More from this Artist. Festival Time! Hey, this setlist was played at a festival: Levitation 2015 setlists.
And I've been sober now for 14 years. Thrasher and Saddleback live in Nanaimo where he is a licensed busker. It's been a slow struggle, but ever since Kevin put out this compilation album we've been getting more calls and we're going to more places.
|1||ASUMATAK ( THE GREAT LAND )|
|5||THE HEALING SONG|
|9||Don'T Call Me An Eskimo|