Jeremy Dutcher is a performer, composer, operatic tenor, activist, and musicologist. These roles are all infused into his art and his way of life. His music transcends boundaries as he blends his Wolastoq songs with classical, traditional, and pop sounds to create something astonishingly new and beautiful. A member of Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, Jeremy studied music and anthropology in Halifax before finding himself at the Canadian Museum of History’s archives, painstakingly transcribing Wolastoq songs from early 1900s wax cylinders. Jeremy heard ancestral voices singing forgotten songs and stories that had been taken from the Wolastoqiyik generations ago. These influences are evident on his debut recording, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa. This incredible, ground-breaking album won both the 2018 Polaris Music Prize and the 2019 JUNO for Indigenous Music Album of the Year. Jeremy’s sophomore album is Motewolonuwok (2023), a recording that Jeremy says “is about shining light on the hard and soft places of contemporary indigenous experience, as I’ve come to know them. There is joy, pain and so much beauty there.” Jeremy performed in our Weekends at the Opera House series in 2022; this is his first Folk Harbour Festival appearance.


Thursday – 4:00 p.m. St. John’s Anglican Church (45-minute Folk Steps – The Story Told in Song)
Thursday – 10:05 p.m. Main Stage (55-minute set)
Friday – 1:00 p.m. St. John’s Anglican Church (50-minute set)