Curtis Burrows / Grindstone, California
Curtis Burrows lives on the Grindstone Reservation in northern California above Sacramento. Their music is very similiar to the Wintu/ Midu. It is amazing how much complexity that can be achived with just 2 singers and their slap sticks. Brian Bibby accompanies Curtis during the Session. Brian is a non-native but has spent a lot of time with Curtis learning the songs and traditions. They sing in Nomlaki, which is a dialect of the Wintu Language. Shake Head music refers to the Shake Head dance.
Earlier, Brian took Curtis and his group to dance with 4 dancers. I really like that idea, that you have folks, like Brian Bibby, who are really fascinated with both the culture and music, and somehow get taken up with - start going to dances, memorizes the music, studies the language, takes the time to meet with the elders, and really learn about the culture. I really believe that these folks have done so much to keep the songs and culture alive.
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Brian Bibby and Curtis Burrow playing together.