Westcoast Spirit-with Terri-Lynn Williams Davidson and guests

Terri-Lynn Williams Davidson

Born in Haida Gwaii off the west coast of Canada, Terri-Lynn has been a promoter of Haida music since the age of 13. She began singing Haida songs at a time when there were few Haida singers practicing this musical tradition. As a young girl, she was drawn to the songs her centurion great-grandmother and grandmother sang and sought out more of the music which she subsequently helped rescue from obscurity. For her work, which has spanned over 30 years and has helped bring renewal to Haida songs, she received a ‘Keeper of Traditions’ Canadian Aboriginal Music Award in 2008.

In 2011 Terri-Lynn released her first solo CD with original compositions – ‘New Journeys’. She was awarded ‘Best Female Artist’ at the 2011 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards for the release which was a collaboration with classical composer Bruce Ruddell. Adding instrumentation to songs sung in the Haida language represented a new and ground-breaking concept intended to build a bridge for a wider audience to appreciate the beauty of the Haida language and musical traditions.
‘New Journeys” also received nominations for two Aboriginal People’s Choice Awards, three Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, two Canadian Folk Music Awards and a Western Canadian Music Award. Terri-Lynn was nominated as ‘Best Female Artist’ at the Native American Music Awards, and the CD was nominated for ‘Best Historical/Linguistic’ Recording. The CD was cited as one of the top 10 Most Influential Indigenous Albums of 2011 by RPM Indigenous Music Culture. In 2012, ‘Have a Light Heart on Your New Journey’ reached No 2 on the National Aboriginal Music Countdown, and was on this chart for almost 40 weeks.
Terri-Lynn has also recorded for film and television, and she has performed throughout the world including Indonesia, Italy, Amsterdam and New York.
For her concert at the Alix Goolden Hall, Terri-Lynn, along with Bill Henderson and Claire Lawrence, will be presenting music from her new CD, Grizzly Bear Town.

Bill Henderson

William Allen "Bill" Henderson (born November 6, 1944, in Vancouver, British Columbia) is a Canadian singer/songwriter. He first appeared on the Canadian music scene as a member of the group The Collectors. While the Collectors were forming, he was guitarist in the Panorama Trio at the Vancouver Hilton Hotel's Panorama Roof restaurant. He is best known for his work with the group Chilliwack in the 1970s and 1980s, who produced such hits as "Lonesome Mary", "California Girl", and "My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone)". He has produced numerous recordings, and won the 1983 Juno Award for "Producer of the Year", with Brian MacLeod.

He is part of the folk music supergroup UHF. He has put his talents to work in several media endeavors, winning a Genie Award for best original song in a movie ("When I Sing", from Bye Bye Blues), and musical director for the Canadian edition of Sesame Street from 1989 to 1995.

Most recently, Henderson has acted as director of the Canadian Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and as president of the Songwriters Association of Canada (SOCAN).

Claire Lawrence

Claire Lawrence (born 1939) is a Canadian musician who was a founding member of the Canadian band The Collectors,[1] and remained with the group when it transitioned to Chilliwack[2] in 1971. He performed on keyboards, flute, saxophone, and piano. He left the group in 1971 to produce a number of prominent Canadian artists and groups including Susan Jacks, Valdy, Shari Ulrich, Roy Forbes, 1979- (Nancy Nash with Robbie King CBC), UHF and Connie Kaldor.
In the 1970s he produced The Great Canadian Gold Rush for CBC Radio, hosted by Terry David Mulligan. From 1986 to 1990, he scored the music for the long-running CBC series, The Beachcombers.



WEST COAST SPIRIT-An Evening with Terri-Lynn Williams Davidson, Bill Henderson and Claire Lawrence

A unique evening celebrating Canadian west coast music and culture. A compelling collaboration between award winning singer and lawyer, Terri-Lynn Williams Davidson from Haida Gwaii and legendary Canadian musicians Bill Henderson and Claire Lawrence of the acclaimed rock band Chilliwack.

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