MARIA DUNN

(Canada/AB)

Past Juno-nominated songwriter Maria Dunn draws deeply on the folk tradition of storytelling through song. Melding North American roots music with her Scottish-Irish heritage, she sings about the resilience and grace of “ordinary” people, past and present. Her new recording Gathering (April 2016) celebrates love—the love of family, community and humanity that connects us and fires our actions to make the world a better place. Maria’s five previous independent CDs include: Piece By Piece (Nominee – 2013 Canadian Folk Music Award), The Peddler (Nominee – 2009 CFMA) and For A Song (Nominee – 2002 Juno), all produced by Shannon Johnson (of 2007 Juno-winning band The McDades).

Based in Edmonton, Maria has created and toured several multimedia people’s history shows with videographer Don Bouzek: Packingtown, On The River (with Aboriginal women’s trio Asani), GWG: Piece by Piece and Troublemakers. Maria performs at folk clubs, festivals, and theatres across Canada, Europe, USA. Media highlights: Bravo TV (The Carol Project), CBC National Radio (Sunday Edition), CKUA Alberta, BBC Radio Scotland. Her songs are published in Rise Again songbook, Sing Out! and Penguin Eggs magazines and recorded by Niamh Parsons, The Outside Track, Bob Bossin and more.

…remarkable singer-songwriter, think of her as a distaff Woody Guthrie. – Mike Ross, Edmonton Sun