HUNTER RIVER – Award-winning singer-songwriter, Dave Gunning, will perform at Harmony House Theatre on Friday, Sept. 13, at 8 p.m.
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Dave Gunning is among those performing in the Festival of Small Halls happening across P.E.I. June 13 to 23.
Dave Gunning broke upon the East Coast music scene back in 1997. The Pictou County, N.S., born and bred singer-songwriter and working class hero has built up from humble beginnings to a point where his name is regularly included in conversation with artists such as David Francey, James Keelaghan, Ron Hynes, Stan Rogers, Bruce Cockburn and Gordon Lightfoot. Writing from a sonic menu that includes flavours of Irish, Scottish, French Acadian, folk and country musical styles, Gunning transcends genre with songs that fill your senses and touch your soul.
His latest recording project, “No More Pennies” (September 2012) marks another chapter for one of Canada’s finest songwriters. “No More Pennies” features 12 original songs penned by Gunning and includes co-writes with George Canyon, Dave Francey, Bruce Guthro, Lennie Gallant, Jamie Robinson, Jim Dorie and Scottish songstress Karine Polwart.
Gunning has 10 critically acclaimed CDs to his credit. His previous release, “… a tribute to John Allan Cameron” was honoured with a 2012 Juno Award nomination and was the winner of two 2011 Canadian Folk Music Awards and two ECMA Awards. He was the winner of the Indie International Song Contest (for his song, “Hard Workin’ Hands, co-written with Ron Hynes) and a finalist in the Great American Song Contest, the USA Songwriting Competition, the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the International Songwriting Contest.
All of the hardware and certificates aside, however, it is the personal connection that Gunning’s music engenders that is the greatest testament to his craft.
A seasoned performer and entertainer, Gunning has toured extensively both solo and with his band, performing to sold-out venues, festivals, house concerts and theatres throughout Canada, the U.S., the United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark and recently in Afghanistan, entertaining the troops. Engaging and charismatic, his magnetic gift of captivating audiences by creating a bond through down-to-earth details, homespun humour and seasoned musicianship will be in full display as he continues to tour in support of the latest chapter of a career heading for international recognition.