2011 Local Performers
Terri-Lynn; New Journeys Along with being a well-known lawyer representing the Haida Nation in the area of aboriginal-environmental law, Terri-Lynn’s life’s work and passion has been to preserve the Haida songs of her culture. Born on Haida Gwaii, Terri-Lynn has been a promoter of Haida music since the age of 13. She began singing Haida songs at a time when there were few Haida singers practicing this musical tradition. As a young girl, she was drawn to the songs her great-grandmother and grandmother sang, and sought out more of the music which she subsequently helped rescue from obscurity. For her work, which has spanned over 30 years and has helped bring renewal to Haida songs, she received a Keeper of Traditions in Aboriginal Music award in 2008.
We are honoured to have her here, performing songs from her new CD New Journeys, an incredible collaboration with renowned classical composer Bruce Ruddell. New Journeys combines Haida songs with contemporary instrumentation. It is transcendent music sung in the Haida language, bridging the ancient and the present, as well as reaching out to Haida and non-Haida audiences.
Elizabeth Inkster & E.B.B. – Performing songs from her new CD, Wild Island Home, accompanied by Brock Storry on guitar and Heather Hodge on penny whistle. Then, enjoy an eclectic mix of jazz and celtic sounds with Sweet Abalone – featuring Beng Favreau, Brock Storry, and Lynn Lee on piano.
Air Kanada is back! Formed in 2009, these four musicians are no longer new to the Haida Gwaii music scene. Playing their original songs, or their original takes on covers, Air Kanada is always a delight to listen to.
Percy Williams Orchestra is once again honouring our festival by performing this year. Given a Lifetime Acheivement Award from the festival in 2005, Percy proves he still has more entertaining to do.
Harmonie Rose Trio returns with her original upbeat, sweet-spirited tunes. Enjoy Harmonie’s strong vocals, rhythms and her amazing harmonica.
Kevin Husband will be performing for the first time at the Edge of the World Music Festival. Enjoy his acoustic/alternative sound, with guitar and original vocals.
Honey Brown - Greg Williams, Ron Souza, and Charlie Roberston bring back their original hard rocking blues and folk, Skidegate style.
Terry (T.wlls) Williams, Unplugged! will start this performance, followed by the rocking sounds of White Raven and the Tricksters.
Rip Tyde delivers their original home-grown Charlotte rock. A sensation at many an event on Haida Gwaii, these local stars never disappoint.
Blair Weinburg may be known to you as he MC’s Open Mic night at Howlers. He’s here to play at the festival and bring you his unique mix of acoustic folky-rock-pop-ska.
Tluu Xaadaa Naay (Canoe People’s House) and Haida Gwaii Spirit Dancers: The Opening and Closing Ceremonies are our chance to honour the Haida traditions of the Islands. We are thankful that there are such talented artists on island who work tirelessly to preserve the dance and regalia of the Haida People.