Page 14 -The Michigan Daily-Friday, December 11, 1987
Bishop ofers a feminist
By Timothy Huet'
Heather Bishop follows in an;
honorable line of Canadian folk-
based musicians which includes Neil
Young, Bruce Cockburn, and Joni
Mitchell. Along with common na-
tional and musical origin, these
artists share a prominent social di-
mension in their work. Our neigh-
bors to the North tolerate and appre-
ciate a much greater degree of politi-
cal content in their popular culture
than do we in the States.
The overt political character of
Bishop's music probably accounts
somewhat for her lack of popular
acceptance in the United States.
Bishop's strident feminism and open
lesbianism infuse many of her
songs. Six vibrant albums prove
that it is not a lack of talent. Her
playful alteration of Gary Tiger-
man's "Seduced" to a love song be-
tween women was well-received by
Canadian radio listeners. It will-
probably not reach the airwaves of
Bishop has been cultivating an
audience south of the border by
opening for more established acts
and playing for progressive audi-
ences. Bishop was a hit this summer
at the Michigan Womyn's Festival.
Next Thursday's concert at The Ark
will be the performer's first appear-
ance in Ann Arbor.
geonholed into the "women's music"
category. In a better world, Bishop's
sexuality would not be such an in
issue; but she recognizes that it is an
issue and feels compelled to address
it in her music.
Bishop would prefer to be known
for her skill as a folk or blues
singer, rather than her sexuality. Her
latest album, A Taste of the Blues,
delivers what it promises. The title-
track and the cover of Billie Holi-
day's "Tell Me More and More" ex-
hibit Bishop's musical versatility
and controlled contralto.
Bishop also covers Joan Arma-
trading's "Taking My Baby Up-
town." On this song and "You Don't
Own Me" she returns to the theme
of accepting alternative lifestyles.
But Bishop does not limit herself to
feminist or lesbian issues. She sings
about suffering and struggle from
South Africa to the United States on
songs like "Keeping On" and "If
You Love Freedom," quickly
becoming a protest rally standard.
The song which probably best
expresses Bishop's approach to life
and music is "Spirit Healer," a song
about finding one's personal strength
and using it to help others.
HEATHER BISHOP will play
the Ark this coming Thursday, De-
cember 17th at 8 p.m. Tickets are
$7.50, $6.50 for members and
Plays the Ark next week
Although Bishop enjoys playing
for feminist or predominantly female
audiences, she is wary of being pi-
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