Manitoba-based folk duo Spirit Trail is made up of Destiny Fiddler and Chas Piper. The two have unveiled their single, “Water Protectors”.
“Water Protectors” begins with a rhythmic, full-bodied acoustic guitar that soon surrenders the spotlight to the seamless interplay of Destiny Fiddler and Chas Piper’s voices. Their harmonies are like an elegant, deftly choreographed dance — with Fiddler’s vibrato soprano blending and dissolving into Piper’s earnest alto, and vice versa, so that at many points it’s impossible to determine where one ends and the other begins.
Punctuated by tambourine as well as wailing electric guitar, the message of “Water Protectors” is one of continuing the fight, the mission, that began at Standing Rock:
Out on the frontline
Rockin’ in the street it’s time
The Water Protectors
Of the Sky and Earth
From Standing Rock, North Dakota
It ain’t over till it’s over
Oh sister and brother
We’ve got to stand
Defend the sacred Mother
That’s because water is a precious resource that Spirit Trail refuses to take for granted.
“Water is our lifeblood and it is our responsibility to care for and protect it before it is too late,” Destiny says. “There’s no time to take lightly the degradation and poisoning of our sacred waters. Where will we be when there’s nothing clean to drink and the medicine won’t grow?”
It’s a message the duo hopes will be heard around the globe.
“The song was written to inspire the kind of revolutionary response at Standing Rock here in Canada and all over the world,” Chas says, adding that right now the Wet’suwet’en are defending their sacred headwaters from another pipeline. “People need to wake up and realize this fight is theirs, whether they are in a city, on the res, or wherever.”
Watch the video for “Water Protectors” below, and stay up to date with Spirit Trail via their socials.
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