Interview with Thea Hopkins, Massachusetts

A member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, performing songwriter Thea Hopkins calls her music Red Roots Americana. Thea has recorded multiple albums, and her EP Love Come Down was nominated for a 2019 Indigenous Music Award in the folk category. He song “Jesus Is On The Wire” was recorded by Peter, Paul & Mary in 2004 and 2010. She has performed internationally in venues including the Kennedy Center, LaMama Experimental Theatre in New York, the Tomaquag Museum in Rhode Island, and the Summertyne Americana Festival in the UK. Thea was a 2019 Native Launchpad Artist at the Western Arts Alliance and was a fellowship recipient from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. She was an artist at the Wichoie Ahiya Indigenous Singer Songwriter Intensive at the Banff Arts Centre. Thea has opened for musicians including David Bromberg, Larry Campbell, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Amy Helm and John Lodge of the Moody Blues.
Interviewed by Tamar Sella, 10/22/2020.