FRI Lecture Hall 9:15 – 10:15pm Festival of Small Halls concert
SAT Lighthouse 10:00 – 11:00am
SAT St John’s Church 5:45 – 6:45pm
SUN Stage 5 12:15 – 1:45pm Forum: Words & Songs
SUN Reardon Theatre 7:30 – 8:30pm
“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.”- Toronto Star
Call it the silver lining in the cloud of a brutally cold Nova Scotia winter, when acclaimed folk singer/songwriter Dave Gunning decided it was time to make his 11th solo album, he found the bleak weather outside a blessing, not a curse. “We were literally snowed in, but the power was on and I was good to go,” he says of the making of that album – released digitally in Australia in 2016 ‘Lift’.
Dave Gunning has become a truly masterful songwriter, one who has earned peer respect from such Canadian folk songwriting legends as Ron Hynes, David Francey, and James Keelaghan.
The Pictou-county native is a multi-award winning artist back home, famous for his distillation of the essence of a nation into iconic and anthemic folk songs, traversing territory as diverse as hockey night, love, and grass roots activism with the kind of personal touch that has put him in the company of Canadian luminaries.
In Dave’s work, story and character-based songs fit alongside more personal material, and in true folk music tradition, some numbers could be considered protest songs.
Though many of his songs remain rooted in the province Dave is proud to call home, they have proved they can travel well. A genuinely engaging performer and storyteller, he is now a fixture on the folk festival and club circuit in the rest of Canada and United States. Port Fairy is delighted to be welcoming Dave down south in 2018.