Episode 103: I Pity the Country – The Life and Legacy of Willie Dunn

After a long winter hibernation, The Rebel Beat is finally back and ready to roll out some new episodes this spring!

On this episode, we had the pleasure of speaking with Lawrence Dunn, the son of the late folk singer Willie Dunn. Willie Dunn was of mixed Scottish/Irish and Mi’ma’ki ancestry, and wore many hats throughout his prolific career. He was a powerful anti-colonial songwriter, a film director, an activist, and even took a run for elected office once. Some say that his music didn’t get the attention that it deserved during his career, but now his son Lawrence Dunn has teamed up with Light in the Attic records to release an anthology of Willie’s work, “Creation never sleeps, Creation never dies“. Lawrence joins us for a heart-felt discussion on his father’s music, activism and legacy.

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Playlist

Willie Dunn – Charlie

Willie Dunn – The Ballad of Crowfoot

Willie Dunn – The Carver

Willie Dunn – O Canada!

Willie Dunn – Louis Riel

Willie Dunn – Broker

Willie Dunn – I Pity the Country

Willie Dunn – The Pacific

Further resources

The Rebel Beat episode 013 – Native North America

The Ballad of Crowfoot (1968 film, National Film Board)

Theme music for the Rebel Beat by Cee from Test Their Logik

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