We are excited to announce that Bryan Blanchette will be visiting with us on Dec 7. We will be broadcasting from the air studio at WRUV FM Burlington from Noon-2PM (EST) at wruv.org and 90.1FM locally. We have featured the music of the Black Hawk Singers and original songs by Bryan Blanchette previously on Moccasin Tracks. Last January we made a video with the Black Hawk Singers and others from the WRUV studio here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-2b3cPaRPY
We also love to air Bryan’s station ID he recorded, “you are listening to Moccasin Tracks..” and often open Moccasin Tracks with a song from his album, Just For The Fun Of It or New Songs For The Abenaki. Here is another video of the Black Hawk Singers at the Saratoga Native American Festival, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPEsObqHFX4
Here is a wonderful Bio written by Gali Sanchez for Bryan.
“It is said that if you sit by the rivers of New England, you can hear the songs of the ancestors, the Abenaki, carried on the wind or the rushing waters. Now there is a voice so powerful, it can honor the songs of the old ones.
Bryan Blanchette is a 21st century Abenaki artist. He brings 10,000 year old traditions into music and performance into a 21st century setting. A contemporary song may be sung in an Algonquian language, or a traditional pow wow song might be fused with a Euro American musicology. His music is the continuation of millenniums of music tradition of the land that flourished before America was America. Beautiful music and Abenaki heritage combine to create one of New England’s most original artists.
Blanchette’s musical talent is unquestioned. Whether singing at a pow wow with the Blackhawk Singers or performing solo at Vermont’s Flynn Theater, his voice makes listeners stop and take notice. A Native American Elder once told a young Bryan. “You have the voice of a warrior.” He plays multiple instruments, writes his own music and lyrics, and sings with a powerful, captivating Abenaki warrior voice.
Blanchette is a New England native and member of the Nulhegan Band of the Abenaki tribe. He studied music at the world renowned Berklee College of Music. He started pow wow drumming in 1996. His group, The Blackhawk Singers are extremely popular and have performed internationally to critical acclaim. They have released two CDs. He began writing Abenaki language songs in 1998. His contemporary music has also played to critical acclaim throughout New England.”
Here is Bryan at a special broadcast from Brennan’s at UVM with Moccasin Tracks.Black Hawk Singers at Dartmouth College, 2016.