Xavier Rudd's latest album is "Spirit Bird".
There's an ancient connection between our Aboriginal cultures that's been goin' on for thousands of years.
—Xavier Rudd, musician
Xavier Rudd plays approximately two dozen intruments, often sitting onstage surrounded by a complicated arrangement of didgeridoos, tongue drum, stomp box, bass guitar, harmonica, djembe, trumpet and many others.
He's a popular attraction at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and though he's been embraced by Canadian audiences across the country, he's originally from Australia.
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Rudd is known for incorporating issues like environmentalist and the rights of Indigenous people into his music, themes that have particular resonance with his fanbase in both countries.
SCENE snagged a couple of minutes with the popular performer before he hit the stage on Sunday:
You've had a strong connection to Canada for a number of years, recording albums in Vancouver and working with Canadian artists, why do you feel such a connection to this country?
It's hard to say, there's an ancient connection between our Aboriginal cultures that's been goin' on for thousands of years. I feel that spirit still fuels the people whether they acknowledge it or not. I feel country and culture strong and have always felt canada as a powerful place.