“Dave Gunning is the next big thing in the True North of Song, an artist as compelling, as assured and attentive to every nuance of the writing process as Lightfoot, Cockburn and Stan Rogers before him.” -- Greg Quill, The Toronto Star
There are stories that wash over you like a tide, and then there are stories that grab you by the heart. Dave Gunning has made a point of finding the latter and wrapping them up in song since he broke upon the Canadian music scene in 1997. The Pictou County, Nova Scotia 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 flavors of Irish, Scottish, French Acadian, folk and country musical styles, Dave transcends genre with songs that fill your senses and touch your soul.
Dave’s 10th album No More Pennies is inarguably his finest collection of songs to date. The record celebrates the journey and pays tribute to the trials and tribulations, the highs and lows and the goodness at the heart of people. On No More Pennies, Dave has proven to be a deft arranger and a songwriting master craftsman with co-written gems with George Canyon, Jim Dorie, David Francey (duet), Lennie Gallant, Bruce Guthro, Karine Polwart (duet) and record producer, Jamie Robinson. The lead signature track, These Hands co-written with George Canyon is a 'call to action' style song reminiscent of classic Pete Seeger to inspire us to make good in this world. Recently, Dave and his song, These Hands were awarded Song of the Year at the 2013 East Coast Music Awards and picked up nominations for Folk Recording and Fans Choice Entertainer of the Year.
Dave’s previous release … a tribute to John Allan Cameron was honored with a 2012 Juno Award nomination and was the winner of two 2011 Canadian Folk Music Awards and two East Coast Music 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.
Dave’s holiday album, Christmas Too (2011) follows on the heels of his popular seasonal release, fittingly titled, Dave Gunning Christmas which produced the holiday hit, Daddy’s Beer co-written with Jamie Robinson. Christmas Too features a festive celebration of original and classic holiday favorites that will engage listeners in a musical tribute to Christmas past and present and wrap them in a warm blanket of rich acoustic sound.
A seasoned performer and entertainer, Dave 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 U.K. , Ireland, Denmark, Australia and in Afghanistan, entertaining the troops. Engaging and charismatic, Dave's 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.
For more information, visit www.davegunning.com
Dave Your song writing and voice are awesome. I have never written a review before but felt I was compelled to express my delight. You should be a big star. My daughter is young but writing her own songs. Check her out on myspace. Her name is Monica Hoelscher. Tell what you think.
Love your Music !!!!!
review written by: Donna Hoelscher
Dave you are "The Man"! I love the sound of your voice, the lyrics, melody, and the recording. Can't believe you haven't hit the big time already. Please keep recording music. I love it!
review written by: Gilbert Sanchez
Love the melody and lyrics...Dave has a unique sound and you can feel the truth and emotions come through. This is a good one to buy!
review written by: David LIndberg
Hey I love the timbre and tremble of your voice. Truly the legendary folk-esche sound that sticks to your bones. Lovely sound, deep, soulful lyrics. I like it. :)
review written by: Stephanie Pauline