With ancestral links to Derry, a date at the Waterside Theatre on July 27 for famous Native American flutist Jan Michael Looking Wolf, will be something of a homecoming.
Although Jan Michael, winner of four prestigious Native American Music Awards, is the great-grandson twice removed of Kalapuya Chief Joseph Sangretta, he is also the twice-removed great-grandson of James Dunn from Derry, who arrived in the United States in 1834.
A close friend and genealogist from Ireland, Keith Wright, helped trace Jan Michael’s roots.
Jan Michael is an accomplished Native American flutist, recording artist, educator and humanitarian. With 18 CDs released internationally, he has won the aforementioned four Native American Music Awards. Performing in Ireland is especially close to Jan Michael’s heart.
“Every day, I wake up and feel grateful to be a Grand Ronde Tribal member and to have the blessing of our culture,” Jan Michael says.
“We are all tied through Mother Earth one way or another. I am excited to meet my Irish relatives and share the native flute with them.”
‘Jan Michael Looking Wolf’ will be at the Waterside Theatre on July 27. Tickets £10, available from Waterside Theatre’s Box Office on: 71. 314000 or book your tickets online at: www.watersidetheatre.com