Piltdown & Shed (NL) Present:
WILLIE THRASHER & LINDA SADDLEBACK (BC)
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Bar le Ritz / PDB
Tickets: $16 advance / $18 door
Online tickets available now at piltdownproductions.bigcartel.com
Information on the artists:
Willie Thrasher was born in Aklavik, a hamlet located in the Inuvik region of the Northwest Territories, Canada, in 1948. At five years of age, Thrasher was taken from his family and sent to a residential school where he was forbidden to practice his Inuvialuit culture, a shameful initiative by the Canadian government to assimilate Indigenous people into mainstream society. Music was a way for Thrasher to escape the pain and longing.
In the mid-1960s, Thrasher drummed for The Cordells, one of the first Inuit rock bands. One evening, a stranger recommended that the group tap into their Aboriginal roots instead of the charts for inspiration. This prompted Thrasher to take up the guitar and write songs about his life, people, and the environment. Despite losing a portion of his left middle finger in a work accident, Thrasher became a musical vagabond, travelling across Canada and the United States throughout the 1970s and well into the 1980s meeting many other First Nations, Métis, and Inuit musicians. Spirit Child was released by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in 1981 and provided a further opportunity for Thrasher to reconnect with his Native heritage and share this love and understanding with people from other cultures. “Silent Inuit” became a northern hit for Thrasher, but with limited commercial support and little promotion outside of northern communities, the album eventually fell to the wayside.
Today, Thrasher lives in the town of Nanaimo, B.C., where he performs as a city sanctioned busker with his partner Linda Saddleback. The global attention garnered by Light In The Attic’s Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966-1985 has led to recent performances at the Austin Psych Fest and Levitation Vancouver. Wherever he may be, Willie Thrasher is a trailblazing troubadour with an Indigenous heartbeat sound.
Description from lightintheattic.net
There's a vast amount of singer songwriters who play stripped-down sets armed only with an electric guitar. The approach is well-worn, and anyone who follows in that direction runs the very real risk of flirting with cliché. Yet, there was something very pure and honest about Cedric Noel's performance [...] that demonstrated he knew he was walking that line finely.
Noel began his set alone, but was soon joined by another guitarist, and suddenly the simplicity of his stripped-down arrangements, just voice and guitar, became more complex. The melodies themselves remained simple in nature, but had a twisting undercurrent of complementary guitar lines. Noel's voice is a very delicate thing, sometimes sounding thin or slightly off-key, but it's those characteristics that really underpin the emotional pull of his songs.
Noel remarked at the end of his set that he was fascinated by imperfections, especially with the human voice, and it was hard to not think he was speaking about his own. Imperfect it may be, but Noel certainly knows how to use it.
Review from exclaim.ca