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Music in a snowdome: Indigenous Songwriters Circle hits Fredericton

Music in a snowdome: Indigenous Songwriters Circle hits Fredericton
New Brunswick·Ann’s Eye

Judie Acquin, Quinn Bonnell, Matt Comeau and Dylan Ward are individual artists, but they perform together in what they call the Indigenous Songwriters Circle.

Judie Acquin, Quinn Bonnell, Matt Comeau and Dylan Ward played together at the Shivering Songs festival

Three men and one woman stand arm-in-arm outside in front of an inflated snow dome.
The Indigenous Songwriters Circle, made up of Dylan Ward, Matt Comeau, Judie Acquin and Quinn Bonnell, played at the Shivering Songs music festival in Fredericton this January. (Ann Paul/CBC)

Judie Acquin says sharing stories through music is what makes the Indigenous Songwriters Circle valuable.

She was one of four Indigenous musicians who played together for the Shivering Songs festival, a mid-winter musical celebration in Fredericton that took place earlier this month.

Acquin, Quinn Bonnell, Matt Comeau and Dylan Ward are individual artists, but they perform together in what they call the Indigenous Songwriters Circle.

WATCH | See how these NB Indigenous musicians tell stories through music:

NB Indigenous Songwriters Circle captivates Fredericton audience

They’re not a band, but these Indigenous songwriters play their music together anyways.

The songs tell deep stories that teach people about who they are, Acquin said.

Relive their performance in the Officers’ Square Snowdome by watching the video above and scrolling through the photos below.

Four people stand on a stage inside an orange dome.
The Indigenous Songwriters Circle played together during the Shivering Songs music festival, which took place in Fredericton from Jan. 18-22. (Ann Paul/CBC)
A woman stands in front of a microphone playing a hand drum.
Judie Acquin, a Wolastoqey multi-disciplinary artist, played her drums for the Indigenous Songwriters Circle’s performance. (Ann Paul/CBC)
A man stands on a stage in front of a microphone with his hands clasped together and a guitar slung over his stomach.
Matt Comeau is a Mik’maw songwriter and recording artist from Elsipogtog First Nation. (Ann Paul/CBC)
A man stands on a stage playing guitar.
Quinn Bonnell, who joined fellow Indigenous musicians for a Shivering Songs festival performance, also plays in his own band, The Heavy Steppers. (Ann Paul/CBC)
A man stands on a stage in front of a microphone, playing guitar.
Dylan Ward, who performed with the Indigenous Songwriters Circle, also sings and plays guitar in his own band, Marian. (Ann Paul/CBC)
A child stands with their back turned, looking ahead to a stage.
People of all ages enjoyed music from the Indigenous Songwriters Circle at the Shivering Songs festival. (Ann Paul/CBC)

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Photographer Ann Paul brings an Indigenous lens to stories from First Nations communities across New Brunswick. Click here or the image below to see more of her work.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ann Paul is a Wolastoqey woman. Her name is Monoqan, meaning rainbow. She is a grandmother, a mother, a daughter, an auntie, a dancer, a singer and a teacher. Using her camera, she brings an Indigenous lens to stories from First Nations communities across New Brunswick.

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