Aberdeen Performing Arts presents True North – Aberdeen’s festival of music and song – celebrating the North-east's singer songwriter tradition and providing a platform for the very best music and song, from ballads to contemporary classics, taking place from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 September at The Lemon Tree, Music Hall and in various locations across Aberdeen’s city centre.
An afternoon of music and chat, lead by Wounded Knee who will be joined by Scott Gardner and others, performing and discussing song traditions from the North-east and beyond, using the Matt Armour song Generations of Change as a starting point. They will be joined by local young people who will have reinterpreted the song for life in Aberdeen today.
Wounded Knee, also known as Drew Wright, is a singer, songwriter and performer based in Edinburgh. He writes and performs his own songs as well as singing cover versions and traditional folksongs. He has written songs for theatre and film and was nominated for a Scottish BAFTA award in 2014. In 2015 he wrote ‘Easterhouse Conversation’: a collection of songs inspired by conversations with residents of Easterhouse in Glasgow. In 2011 he was an artist in residence at Edinburgh University’s School of Scottish Studies for a project called ‘Archive Trails’.
Over the last few months, Wounded Knee has been working with local school pupils on creating a contemporary response to the Matt Armour song 'Generations of Change'. A song about family, about industry, about change and about connections. This event will showcase the children's new work, alongside special guests from the world of folk who will be performing and discussing bothy ballads and other traditional folk songs with links to the North East.