The Music of Willie Dunn

This collection presents practically every Willie Dunn recording he ever made, eight hours of music.

William Lawrence “Willie” Dunn (a.k.a. Roha’tiio, meaning “his voice is beautiful”) musician, filmmaker (born 14 August 1941 in Montreal, QC; died 5 August 2013 in Ottawa, ON). Willie Dunn was a folk musician of Mi’kmaq-Scottish origin. He was also a leading member of the Indian Film Crew, an all-Indigenous film production unit established by the National Film Board in 1968.

Dunn served in the army 1960–63 and received the UN Congo medal. He then joined the Newport, Rhode Island, folk music festival. He developed his own quietly powerful style, singing protest songs from an Indigenous perspective. He drew comparisons to Gordon Lightfoot, Pete Seeger, Leonard Cohen and Buffy Sainte-Marie. He made six albums in Canada, the US and Germany, and worked in the Company of Young Canadians with Ernie Benedict at the National Film Board.

At the NFB, Dunn made The Ballad of Crowfoot (1968), the first NFB film directed by an Indigenous person, about Siksika chief Isapo-muxika (Crowfoot); These Are My People (1969), the first NFB film made by an all-Indigenous crew; and The Other Side of the Ledger: An Indian View of the Hudson’s Bay Company (1972). ( See also Hudson’s Bay Company.)

Dunn also wrote and performed music for film, theatre and radio and published several poems and song texts. His music is featured in Alanis Obamsawin’s documentary Incident at Restigouche (1984). In 2005, he was inducted into the Aboriginal Walk of Honour in Edmonton and received a lifetime achievement award at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (now the Indigenous Music Awards).
-The Canadian Encyclopedia

Tracks

Artist Track Title
Dunn, Willie Who Were The Ones-2 (CBC Radio Canada E-801) The 13 Sides of Who Were The Ones
Dunn, Willie Little Charlie Wenjek (CBC Radio Canada E-801) The 13 Sides of Who Were The Ones
Dunn, Willie Rose-Marie Roper (CBC Radio Canada E-796) The 13 Sides of Who Were The Ones
Dunn, Willie Hit-Run Mow Down (CBC Radio Canada E-796) The 13 Sides of Who Were The Ones
Dunn, Willie Crazy Horse (CBC Radio Canada E-796) The 13 Sides of Who Were The Ones
Dunn, Willie Protest Song (CBC Radio Canada E-800) The 13 Sides of Who Were The Ones
Dunn, Willie Ballad of a Metis (CBC Radio Canada E-800) The 13 Sides of Who Were The Ones
Dunn, Willie Ballad of a Pavillion (CBC Radio Canada E-800) The 13 Sides of Who Were The Ones
Dunn, Willie Walking Eagle (CBC Radio Canada E-800) The 13 Sides of Who Were The Ones
Dunn, Willie Mungo Martin (CBC Radio Canada E-799) The 13 Sides of Who Were The Ones
Dunn, Willie Nez Perce (CBC Radio Canada E-799) The 13 Sides of Who Were The Ones
Dunn, Willie Collection Blues (CBC Radio Canada E-798) The 13 Sides of Who Were The Ones
Dunn, Willie Poundmaker (CBC Radio Canada E-798) The 13 Sides of Who Were The Ones
Dunn, Willie Little Big Horn (CBC Radio Canada E-798) The 13 Sides of Who Were The Ones
Dunn, Willie Louis Riel (CBC Radio Canada E-797) The 13 Sides of Who Were The Ones
Dunn, Willie Ode to an Indian Girl (CBC Radio Canada E-797) The 13 Sides of Who Were The Ones
Dunn, Willie Pontiac (CBC Radio Canada E-797) The 13 Sides of Who Were The Ones
Dunn, Willie Big Bear (CBC Radio Canada E-796) The 13 Sides of Who Were The Ones
Dunn, Willie Crowfoot (CBC Radio Canada E-795) The 13 Sides of Who Were The Ones
Dunn, Willie Pawnbroker (CBC Radio Canada E-795) The 13 Sides of Who Were The Ones
Dunn, Willie Who Were The Ones (CBC Radio Canada E-795) The 13 Sides of Who Were The Ones
Dunn, Willie Riel ST
Dunn, Willie Half Breed Blues ST
Dunn, Willie I Pity the Country ST
Dunn, Willie Peruvian Dream (Part 1) ST
Dunn, Willie Peruvian Dream (Part 2) solo by Jerry Saddleback ST
Dunn, Willie The Ballad of Crowfoot ST
Dunn, Willie Charlie ST
Dunn, Willie Broker ST
Dunn, Willie Schooldays ST
Dunn, Willie School Days ST
Dunn, Willie I Pity the Country ST
Dunn, Willie Louis Riel ST
Dunn, Willie Ballad of Crowfoot ST
Dunn, Willie Cree Grass Dance ST
Dunn, Willie Crazy Horse ST
Dunn, Willie Charlie Wenjack ST
Dunn, Willie The Carver ST
Dunn, Willie Oh! Canada ST
Dunn, Willie The Pacific The Pacific
Dunn, Willie Nova Scotia The Pacific
Dunn, Willie Lure of Little Voices The Pacific
Dunn, Willie The Dreamer The Pacific
Dunn, Willie Riddle Song The Pacific
Dunn, Willie William Shakespeare: Sonnet 33 and 55: Frindship Dance The Pacific
Dunn, Willie The Pacific - Reprise The Pacific
Dunn, Willie Sumac Nuista The Pacific
Dunn, Willie Pontiac The Pacific
Dunn, Willie The Ballad of John MacLain The Pacific
Dunn, Willie T.S. Elliot: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock - Mohawk Round Dance The Pacific
Dunn, Willie The Lovenant Chain The Vanity Of Human Wishes
Dunn, Willie Son of the Sun The Vanity Of Human Wishes
Dunn, Willie Wounded Lake The Vanity Of Human Wishes
Dunn, Willie The Storm The Vanity Of Human Wishes
Dunn, Willie The Planting of the Apple Tree The Vanity Of Human Wishes
Dunn, Willie Halifax The Vanity Of Human Wishes
Dunn, Willie Song of the Sower The Vanity Of Human Wishes
Dunn, Willie The Vanity of Human Wishes The Vanity Of Human Wishes
Dunn, Willie Métis Red River Song The Vanity Of Human Wishes
Dunn, Willie Crazy Horse Metallic
Dunn, Willie Hey There Broker Metallic
Dunn, Willie John McLean Metallic
Dunn, Willie Cree Grass Dance Metallic
Dunn, Willie I Pity the Country Metallic
Dunn, Willie The Pacific Metallic
Dunn, Willie School Days Metallic
Dunn, Willie Louis Riel Metallic
Dunn, Willie Pontiac Metallic
Dunn, Willie Shakespeare's Sonnets Metallic
Dunn, Willie The Carver Metallic
Dunn, Willie Sumac Nuista Metallic
Dunn, Willie Ballad of Crowfoot Metallic
Dunn, Willie Yellowhead's Song (Live In Berlin) Son of the Sun
Dunn, Willie Planting of the Apple Tree Son of the Sun
Dunn, Willie How Long Blues Son of the Sun
Dunn, Willie Smokin' Son of the Sun
Dunn, Willie Covenent Chain Son of the Sun
Dunn, Willie Son of the Sun Son of the Sun
Dunn, Willie Wounded Lake Son of the Sun
Dunn, Willie Yellowhead's Song Son of the Sun
Dunn, Willie Bear & Fish Son of the Sun
Dunn, Willie Honey On Fire Son of the Sun
Dunn, Willie Rattling Along On a Freight Train Son of the Sun
Dunn, Willie Old Crow's Great Idea Son of the Sun
Dunn, Willie Two Lullabies Son of the Sun
Dunn, Willie Vanity of Human Wishes Son of the Sun
Dunn, Willie Mik'mak War Song (Live In Berlin) Son of the Sun
Dunn, Willie Son Of The Sun (Live In Berlin) Son of the Sun
Dunn, Willie Children of the World - Demo long Version Studio Sessions 2000 - demo versions
Dunn, Willie Children of the World - Demo short Version Studio Sessions 2000 - demo versions
Dunn, Willie Freight Train - Demo Version Studio Sessions 2000 - demo versions
Dunn, Willie Honey on Fire - Demo Version Studio Sessions 2000 - demo versions
Dunn, Willie Smokin' Ron Bankley - Demo Version Studio Sessions 2000 - demo versions
Dunn, Willie The Seven-O-Nine - Demo Version Studio Sessions 2000 - demo versions
Dunn, Willie Our Native Land - Demo Version Studio Sessions 2000 - demo versions
Dunn, Willie Big Red Sun (Where the Eagles Soar) - Demo Version Studio Sessions 2000 - demo versions
Dunn, Willie Walking Eagle - Demo Version Studio Sessions 2000 - demo versions
Dunn, Willie Oldman's Sullies - Demo Version Studio Sessions 2000 - demo versions
Dunn, Willie Schwatz Kaatz - live version Oct 18, 2002 Studio Outtakes and Pre-Recordings July 2002 (featuring Ron Bankley)
Dunn, Willie Son of the Sun - demo version Studio Outtakes and Pre-Recordings July 2002 (featuring Ron Bankley)
Dunn, Willie The Rising - demo version Studio Outtakes and Pre-Recordings July 2002 (featuring Ron Bankley)
Dunn, Willie Old Crow - demo version Studio Outtakes and Pre-Recordings July 2002 (featuring Ron Bankley)
Dunn, Willie Micmac Lullaby - demo version Studio Outtakes and Pre-Recordings July 2002 (featuring Ron Bankley)
Dunn, Willie Freight Train - demo version Studio Outtakes and Pre-Recordings July 2002 (featuring Ron Bankley)
Dunn, Willie Honey On Fire - demo version Studio Outtakes and Pre-Recordings July 2002 (featuring Ron Bankley)
Dunn, Willie How Long - demo version Studio Outtakes and Pre-Recordings July 2002 (featuring Ron Bankley)
Dunn, Willie The Tide Rises - demo version Studio Outtakes and Pre-Recordings July 2002 (featuring Ron Bankley)
Dunn, Willie Schwatz Kaatz - demo version Studio Outtakes and Pre-Recordings July 2002 (featuring Ron Bankley)
Dunn, Willie I Pity The Country I Pity The Country b/w The Carver
Dunn, Willie Son of the Sun (Live) Live in Berlin (Oct 20, 2000)
Dunn, Willie Big Red Sun (Where The Eagles Soar) (Live) Live in Berlin (Oct 20, 2000)
Dunn, Willie Oldman's Sullies (Live) Live in Berlin (Oct 20, 2000)
Dunn, Willie Louis Riel (Live) Live in Berlin (Oct 20, 2000)
Dunn, Willie Great Lakes People (Live) Live in Berlin (Oct 20, 2000)
Dunn, Willie Micmac Drum Song (Live) Live in Berlin (Oct 20, 2000)
Dunn, Willie Introducing Willie Dunn (Live) Live in Berlin (Oct 20, 2000)
Dunn, Willie Tears to a Fall (live) CBC Songs of Man
Dunn, Willie Rattling Along On a Freight Train (live) CBC Songs of Man
Compilation Willy Dunn - Old Man Gully Contemporary Native American Music
Dunn, Willie Rattling Along The Freight Train (To The Spirit Land) Songs Composed and Sung By Willie Dunn
Dunn, Willie Down By The Stream (Starlight Maiden) Songs Composed and Sung By Willie Dunn

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