Alan Moberg and The Friends of Grace are releasing Don’t Build Your House on My Bones, a song written in support of resistance at Grace Islet, on Tuesday Oct 7. The recording includes performances by noted BC musicians Bill Henderson (Chillliwack), Diona Davies (ESL, Po’ Girl) and CR Avery, among others.
Songwriter Alan Moberg (member, BC Country Music Hall of Fame) has been a concerned observer of the ongoing dispute at Grace Islet, just offshore from Salt Spring Island where he makes his home. A 4200 square foot house is being built on the tiny 3/4 hectare islet, a traditional burial site of the Coast Salish. Building is ongoing despite breaches of site-alteration permits issued by the archeology branch of the BC government, and despite calls from the CRD, MLA Gary Holman, tribal elders, and concerned citizens, asking the provincial Government to halt the project.
Alan Moberg has a long history of writing and singing about the BC coast and it’s traditions, notably the fishing industry and it’s native peoples. He has close connections to native bands up and down the coast, and says of Grace Islet and his song “I watched and wondered about it and began to feel passionate when I began to write this song from the point of view of one of those buried there.”
Don’t Build Your House on My Bones was recorded at Allowed Sound Studio. A video supporting the song is directed by Bill Warriner of Salt Spring Live. The video will be released on Tuesday, October 7, the same day that downloads of the song will be available at http://alanmoberg.bandcamp.com Proceeds will go to support the Grace Islet legal fund.