Buffy Sainte-Marie
Selected Concert Reviews

The Guardian, Prince Edward Island - Todd MacLean - July 2, 2010
A sold-out-for-weeks and buzzing-with-anticipation-crowd could not contain their excitement when one of the most well known aboriginal icons in the world finally took her place on the Kings Playhouse stage last Sunday evening.

After an introduction by P.E.I. Native Council president and chief, Jamie Gallant, Buffy Sainte-Marie entranced as she gave a beaming smile with her arms raised to the audience who leapt to their feet in a standing ovation even before the singer sang one note.

But, with a 50-year long musical career that's spanned the genres of folk, country, rock and pop, amidst her tireless ongoing work for indigenous rights and education, (not to mention her work in film and television, visual art and philanthropy of all kinds and a life so fruitful, impassioned, influential, and inspiring) it's hard to imagine her welcome to a reception any less exuberant.

From my position up in the lighting booth - the only spot I could squeeze into - I could sum up everything I perceived in this nutshell: "At 68, Buffy rocks. And is rocking harder than ever." And we could tell it right from her first song out of the gates. After that standing ovation, she turned back to the drummer of her three-piece backing ensemble to count him in and they kicked it off with a bang.

There were chunky guitar chords, a driving hard rock beat, intense backing vocals (complete with a massive chorus of aboriginal chanting which all four members on stage added their voices to) all combined to make the opening number a tremendously powerful one. Surely every heart in the house was kicked up a notch in the beats-per-minute department.

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The Ottawa Citizen - Steven Mazey
(with the National Arts Center Orchestra)

Sainte-Marie proved to anyone who might have wondered that after 30 years of singing, her voice is still in superb form, as powerful and as haunting as ever.

She's in firm control of her technique, switching effortlessly from the gentle, lulling hush of Good Night to the defiance of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.

Other highlights included Starwalker, which she dedicated to all Native generations past and all the generations yet to come. It drew a roaring and deserved standing ovation.
taddyd1 on UTube
I saw her sing this song (Mister Can’t You See) before it came out on Moonshot (perfect LP) and she banged the little richard f--k out that piano! The whole concert mesmerized that audience.
Nativebeat Magazine, (Canada)
There is only one Buffy Sainte-Marie. In the Native community, she is our Elvis and our Madonna, standing at the uppermost peak of stardom and success, and showing children of the world a side of Native people they rarely get to see, as regular folks.
Irving Kolodin, reviewing her Philharmonic Hall concert
“She can sing on, off, or around the pitch as she chooses; her sense of phrasing is superb; and the inflections that emerge from the words leave no doubt that quartertones are validly artistic when used with valid artistry”.
Hong Kong
“It becomes obvious that her music is only one bend in a most extraordinary river.”
Music Week, London
Buffy Sainte-Marie at the Country Music Festival, Wembley Stadium, stole the show, giving The Set of the Weekend, among stars like Tammy Wynette, Marty Robbins, Dolly Parton, Carl Perkins, and Don Williams. She showed the spark of stardom at Monday night’s gala; really lit the flame in the second half with her hits Soldier Blue, Until It’s Time for You to Go, etc..
New Musical Express, London
Would you believe she was a-mazing?
Exquisitely entertaining?
Fantastically wonderful?
All of the above?
Congratulations. That is the correct answer.

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