It's surprising that her recent albums go unnoticed. Both Running For The Drum (2009) and Power In The Blood (2015) are strikingly original, contemporary albums filled with energy and passion. She seamlessly weaves together electronic and tribal, hard driving rock and balladry, poignant and satirical. Far from being a relic of the 60s folk scene she's a true artist who experiments and changes all the time. Fans of her older stuff should check out the albums I mentioned.
Buffy has been a huge influence on me ever since I got to listen to her music on my parents' vinyls. I just love her, she really is an amazing artist. Everything she does is amazing to me. What a wonderful lady. ♡
I did nine months of my four year wildlife ranger's apprenticeship working alongside various park rangers in the Yukon. In fact, I got on really well with one ranger in particular and he later became a great mentor to me after I revealed in casual conversation that I was a keen fan of Buffy St Marie and Joni Mitchell. He was said to have Cree ancestry and was a brilliant tracker. However, he could never really get his head around the fact that some guy all the way from the UK could be such a fan of Canadian-born singer/songwriters, even though I explained how I'd actually seen Mitchell perform way back in the 1970s at the old Wembley Stadium alongside Crosby, Stills, Nash and...Young (another Canadian). He was even more amazed when I explained that it had been such a blisteringly hot summer's day with absolutely no shade available where I was sitting out on what would normally have been the centre circle of the football pitch, that I actually fell asleep during part of the concert!
You can keep your Hallelujahs, Buffy Sainte-Marie singing God Is Alive, Magic Is Afoot is the greatest Cohen cover, even if he never wrote it as a song. In over 40 years it's power as never diminished.
I was in a shop the other day and 'Until It's Time For You To Go' was playing. I had to stop and write down the lyrics in my phone so I could find it later. I'd never been so instantly drawn to a song or a voice before.