‘Drumming is the Boss’: According to the powwow singer who started off dancing!

Firstly, I need to reinforce a bias I have for drummers, as more than one are mentioned in this article: drummers get *gold stars*. I can’t always manage the gold part, but that’s what’s happening. I mention this because both *Clarence M. Wolf Leg* and his father are drummers from Siksika. and because I ask him why powwow music is so powerful, you are about to learn a bunch of new stuff, I guarantee!

Just like Clarence did.

“Long story short, I asked a similar question. I asked n elder and a long time singer, probably over 10 years … Continue Reading >‘Drumming is the Boss’: According to the powwow singer who started off dancing!

Sled Island 2023: Music from Siksika to Montreal, and everywhere else

Double Rider’s drummer, Lennon the Loomer (because he’s 6 foot something) finds me at the Palomino Smokehouse bar during Sled Island’s annual closing day Pig Roast.

I’m not at the bar because I’m weeping into my beer, but in fact I’m celebrating the cornucopia that is Sled Island’s week-long sensory romp (“Music & Arts Festival”), by tripping up and downstairs to catch the different bands playing simultaneously, because there’s just so much music! … Continue Reading >Sled Island 2023: Music from Siksika to Montreal, and everywhere else

From the Great Lakes to the Amazon River with the Third Coast Percussion Ensemble

MUSICAlive! asks David Skidmore of the Third Coast Percussion Ensemble what instruments he’ll be playing when they premiere their “Paddle to the Sea” performance in Calgary (8:00 pm, April 8 at the Rozsa Centre), and he goes on, and on, and on . . . listing 16 different instruments! … Continue Reading >From the Great Lakes to the Amazon River with the Third Coast Percussion Ensemble