Abe Drennan

Beaufort Delta
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PO Box 2076
8 Stringer Rd.
Inuvik, NT X0E 0T0

Artist Story

I am a father, teacher, activist and folk singer-songwriter living in lnuvik, NWT. Growing up, a guitar was always kicking around the house. My father, also a musician, taught me how to play "King of the Road" by Roger Miller when I was about 12 years old. Knowing that I could play that song, gave me the confidence to learn more, but I didn't touch the guitar again until I was in my early twenties. I also play ukulele and harmonica. 

I started writing songs while I was studying to become a teacher in Montreal. I used to busk on the streets and subway stations and ended up hosting an open mic at a downtown bar. The first song I played in front of a captive audience was "Wheat Kings" by The Tragically Hip, I was so nervous! I remember at least one person clapping and that was good enough for me! From there, I gradually became more confident and starting sharing my own songs. That open mic was a major turning point for me as an artist. 

My creative process usually starts with writing lyrics. I always keep a journal on hand. The lyrics inspire the melody and I let the music come to me. I get inspired by the beauty of the earth, global issues, other artists, my family and t especially enjoy opportunities to collaborate and push my creative boundaries. 

Articulating my emotions and thoughts is not an easy task but it's an incredible feeling when it all comes together. The rare time when everything clicks; lyrics, melody, and guitar, makes all the hours of practice, all the struggles of being an artist, completely worth it. 

My music is a response to what I see happening around me. I always try my best to find hope in difficulty, articulate that hope and share it through my songs. I believe that through my music, I can counter hate with deeper love and face devastation with greater hope. 

Above all, my songs are the deepest stirrings of my heart and the key to healing for me. What I love most about playing music are the moments when I feel completely free. Music gives me the opportunity to dive deep and connect to something greater. It is my medicine. 

Artist Bio: 

Abe is originally from Bancroft, Ontario and has been residing in lnuvik since 2013, where he regularly shares his music at local events. By carefully crafting his own songs, Abe addresses themes of social injustices, loss and above all, hope. Following in the footsteps of some of his mentors and idols - such as John Lennon, Bob Marley and Cat Stevens - he wishes to inspire others by sharing encouraging messages of healing for the future. Along with other accomplishments, Abe has opened for Maple Blues Award and Juno winner, Jim Byrnes in the Igloo church in 2015. From that experience, Abe went on to record his 2019 folk album titled "The Igloo Sessions", where he offers personal accounts of living in the north on the traditional lands of the lnuvialuit and Gwich'in people through his songs. Abe is releasing his latest single, "Unknown Road" in the fall of 2021.

Last Updated: September 1, 2022

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