A true preserver of the spirit of folk music, Juno- and CFMA-nominee Maria Dunn is often compared to Woody Guthrie for her keen social awareness and unvarnished songs about ordinary people. In 2016, she released her sixth album, Gathering (2017 Juno Nominee, 2016 Edmonton Music Prize Winner) produced by Shannon Johnson (of Juno-winning band The McDades). In keeping with Pete Seeger’s words (1994), “The key to the future of the world is finding the optimistic stories and letting them be known”, Gathering highlights stories of love—not songs of romantic love, but songs of family, community, humanity and the love that connects us and fires our actions to make the world a better place. The songs range from historical and narrative to personal and immediate, inspired by social justice stories both global (Malala, When The Grandmothers Meet) and local (How I Live, When I Was Young).
Edmonton-based, Maria also collaborates with videographer Don Bouzek to develop and tour multimedia people’s history shows that weave video interviews with the live performance of songs inspired by those interviewed: On The River (with Indigenous women’s trio Asani), Packingtown, GWG: Piece by Piece and Troublemakers. Accolades for Maria’s songwriting include publication in Penguin Eggs, Sing Out! and Rise Again songbook (2015).
Maria tours internationally and has been featured on CBC National Radio, CKUA Alberta Radio, and BBC Radio Scotland, Accolades for her songwriting include publication in Sing Out! and Penguin Eggs magazines and the Rise Again songbook (2015). Other artists have recorded (Niamh Parsons, Bob Bossin) or performed (Archie Fisher, Andy Irvine, Nathan Rogers) her songs.
Location: Edmonton, AB
Phone: 780 430 8560
- Maria Dunn