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Review: Buffy Sainte-Marie is still ready to slay the world’s injustice in song – Londoner

“I’m not going to tell you how to vote, but whoever you vote for please make sure to hold them to it.” – Buffy Sainte-Marie

September 21, 2019

It’s easy just to admire Buffy Sainte-Marie for the long list of accomplishments she has pulled off over some six decades in the music business. It’s not surprising that such an icon inspires a standing ovation just for walking out on stage as she did Friday at the Winspear, sporting a red sequin jacket.

Then she does her thing.

Ninety minutes and 18 songs later you’re left revelling at what a vibrant performer she still is, trying to fathom how she can possibly be 78. Does it come from living in Hawaii, yoga, or what?

Sure, there were a few moments of rusty vibrato. It was also occasionally frustrating when rumbles from the bass and drums sometimes overshadowed her vocals in the mix, because she writes songs with words that matter. But there was no lack of vocal power or burning passion in this woman, who moves with the agility of someone half her age.

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