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Buffy Sainte-Marie: The voice of a generation

by on September 23, 2013

3_buffyCanadian-American Cree singer-songwriter, composer, visual artist, educator and social activist Buffy Sainte-Marie has moved people around the world with her music for more than four decades. As one of the most spellbinding artists of our time, Buffy Sainte-Marie gracefully combines a high energy stage presence with cerebral songs that tell powerful stories. This rare and primal blend is a welcome joy to festivals and concert halls around the world, and she’ll bring all of her fire and energy to The Playhouse stage on Friday, October 4 at 7:30pm.

In the early ‘60s, Buffy Sainte-Marie hit the ground running after the beatniks and before the hippies. All alone she toured North America’s colleges, reservations and concert halls, meeting both significant acclaim and huge misperception from audiences and record companies who expected Pocahontas in fringes, and instead were both entertained and educated with their initial dose of Native American reality in the first person.

Since her first concert tours, Buffy Sainte-Marie has continued to grow her music in parallel with a remarkably diverse life of esteemed awards, political blacklisting, education, and fun. As one of the most singular artists of our time, she has created 17 albums of her music, three of her own television specials, spent five years on Sesame Street, scored movies, raised a son, earned a Ph.D. in Fine Arts, taught Digital Music as adjunct professor at several colleges and won both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for the song, “Up Where We Belong.”

Lauded for her stunning live performances, Buffy Sainte-Marie’s concert set list these days includes not only the classics, but also surprises that will win over even diehard fans with its edgy energy, “… whether raising the roof with ‘No No Keshagesh’, breaking our hearts with ‘Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee’ or punching the mic for the rhythm of ‘Relocation Blues’, Sainte-Marie herself was magnificent” (Telegraph Journal).

Accompanying Buffy Sainte-Marie on the road is a rocking 3-piece all-Aboriginal band from Indian Reserves in Manitoba, Canada: Leroy Constant (Cree) on bass and vocals, Jesse Green (Lakota/Ojibwe) on guitar, and Mike Bruyere (Ojibwe) on drums and vocals. “They’ve got the energy I need for driving songs like ‘Starwalker’ and ‘No No Keshagesh’ and it helps that what I sing about and where a lot of my songs originate is a world they know too: the realities of Native American passion, love, tragedy and music,” says Sainte-Marie.

She invented the role of Native American international activist pop star and this timeless international superstar will at once move you and rock you to your core.

Tickets for Buffy Sainte-Marie are available at the Fredericton Playhouse box office 1-866-884-5800, or online at www.theplayhouse.ca.

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