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Hampton - posted Sep, 11 2012

HAMPTON- Joseph FireCrow, a Northern Cheyenne flute player, drummer and storyteller, will be performing at the Hampton Community Center, Main Street, Hampton, on Saturday, Sept. 22, 7 p.m. This unusual opportunity is presented by the Hampton Recreation Commission and funded in part by a grant from the town. Donations will be requested to further support the event. Joseph FireCrow's recordings have been nominated for GRAMMY awards three times and NAMMY awards nine times. He has won Native American Music Awards three times, for Songwriter of the Year in 2003, Best Instrumental Recording in 2005, and Flutist of the Year for Red Beads which featured FireCrow's late mother, Elva Stands In Timber. He won two NAMMY awards in 2010, for Flutist of the Year and for Artist of the Year, and a GRAMMY at the 52nd Annual Awards for Best New Age Album. His music has also been featured in albums and films. Creator's Prayer and Wind in My Mind were chosen to open and close the best selling album Tribal Winds: Music from Native American Flutes. FireCrow's music was included on the soundtrack for the Ken Burns documentary Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, and featured in the PBS film, The War that Made America. His first music was songs learned at tribal gatherings. Later he was mentored by tribal elders and acclaimed as a prodigy. He left the reservation in Montana in 1993 to pursue a musical career fulltime. He now makes his home in northwestern Connecticut. The Hampton performance is an excellent opportunity to experience Native American culture and to hear the complex life story of an individual who has lived in two worlds, both the American and Native American cultures. For more information, call Gay Wagner at 860-455-9875.


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