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Music: Jerry Alfred’s Olympic Performances by Jerry Alfred’s Shun Dun Band

[ 0 ] August 1, 2010 |

Jerry Alfred was born into the Northern Tutchone Crow Clan of the Selkirk First Nation in Mayo, Yukon,
and given the name Keeper of the Songs. He has made a career of mixing traditional songs with contemporary music, and in 1996 he won a Juno award for ETSI Shon (Grandfather Song).

I saw Alfred and his band, Shun Dun, perform at the Vancouver Winter Olympics at two venues. The
first was in Surrey, where Alfred performed only one song at a Northern showcase (he now lives in Pelly
Crossing, Yukon). The second was in downtown Vancouver at the Aboriginal Pavilion, where he
performed for a half hour. This was far too short. Man, what a rocking band. Every musician in the band is super accomplished, and together they make music for dancing. Speaking of dancing—a dance troupe consisting of six young dancers performed with Alfred and his band. Look out, Jerry Alfred is back.

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