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Willie Dunn

Willie Dunn - Creation Never Sleeps, Creation Never Dies: The Willie Dunn Anthology (Light In The Attic)


RELEASED: 16th April 2021
2 x Red Vinyl LP

Format:  2 x Transparent Red Vinyl LP
Cat No:  LITA16412

The definitive overview of one of Canada’s unsung musical heroes - Willie Dunn

With his song “Charlie,” Willie was the first to deliver the devastating story of Chanie Wenjack and the Canadian residential school system to the music community, nearly 50 years before the much-celebrated Secret Path, yet ignored outside of Indian Country and the folk festival circuit. Dunn’s film technique, featured in 1968’s The Ballad of Crowfoot (NFB), predates the “Ken Burns effect” to great effect. Willie Dunn was not only a trailblazing leader in his time, but well ahead of the curve, simply without the PR push and big money backing of major label players.

“He was our Leonard Cohen,” said singer-songwriter Eric Landry about his musical hero. The only difference is that Willie refused to play the Hollywood showbiz game. In talent, he is Cohen, Dylan, and Cash rolled into one and along with Buffy Sainte-Marie, Floyd Red Crow Westerman, and A. Paul Ortega, brought a new set of perspectives and realities to the folk music tradition. Willie spoke directly to his people and Mother Earth through his creations, not only from experience but by examining his roots and connecting with the world in which he lived.

Rare/previously unreleased recordings, photos, and interviews.
Lyrics, discography, and filmography.
Audio re-mastered by John Baldwin Mastering.
Artwork by Christi Belcourt and Alanna Edwards.
Liner notes by Kevin Howes (Voluntary In Nature).
Contributions from the Dunn family, Bob Robb, and Alanis Obomsawin (OC).

1. The Ballad of Crowfoot
2. Peruvian Dream (Part 1)
3. Charlie
4. Broker
5. I Pity the Country
6. Crazy Horse
7. Louis Riel
8. School Days
9. The Carver
10. O Canada!
11. Down by the Stream (Starlight Maiden)
12. Rattling Along the Freight Train (To the Spirit Land)
13. Pontiac
14. The Pacific
15. Nova Scotia
16. The Dreamer
17. Sonnet 33 and 55 / Friendship Dance
18. Wounded Lake
19. Métis Red River Song
20. Son of the Sun
21. The Lovenant Chain
22. Bear and Fish