Cheryl L'Hirondelle
 

Cheryl L'Hirondelle

According to many dictionaries the swallow (aka l'hirondelle) is a “migratory swift-flying songbird.” This describes Cheryl L'Hirondelle accurately - though for this award-winning multi-disciplinary artist and singer/songwriter the definition could to end with "and so much more." Known for an ability to freely move from loudly singing and drumming out a traditional drum song at a community event, a family jam or on a festival stage to crooning a contemporary ballad in an intimate concert setting, the presence of her poignant and distinctive vocal delivery and driving hand drum percussion compliments the arrangement of whatever musical setting where she is found. Cheryl attributes this to a combination of a strong musical upbringing, several years of formal musical training and many years spent listening and participating in First Nations ceremonial music. She is from the Canadian northern plains (Kikino, Pahpahstayo AB) and comes from a large extended musical family and has been singing and performing since she was a child.



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sliced and fried soft edible pink. soft but not like a wet sponge. not melt in your mouth like the hard of sponge toffee. coral coloured but not precious or semi precious and nor rare or on occasion, it was everyday fare - it was common. salmon pink but not salmon not from the sea not spawning upstream, not even chicken-of-the-sea though it was canned and opened often. edible and served as soup instead of steak sandwich or sausage, it was gruel we called it valium stew. generous dollops of ketchup made palatable macaroni floating around bobbing canned peas in a familiar sea of stewed tomatoes. plated on turquoise melamine devoured in a harvest gold and copper toned kitchen with dangling fluorescent orange and fuschia phentex crochet and macramé amidst an urban whitewash where the buffalo no longer roam. home sweet home.

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