With a career spanning 20 years and 11 albums, folk-roots based singer- songwriter Dave Gunning has earned multiple Canadian Folk Music Awards, a Juno nomination and eight East Coast Music Awards for his well-crafted work. His album, Lift offers an honest acoustic sound that proves to be the perfect vehicle for his neatly-crafted and poetic material and gently expressive vocals. Lift was named the #1 Canadian and international Album and his song ‘Sing It Louder’ was the most played album and song on the US Folk DJ charts (May 2016) and was recently awarded First Place Winner in the Great American Song Contest.
Dave is truly a masterful storyteller known for distilling the essence of a nation into iconic and anthemic folk songs, traversing territory as diverse as hockey, hardships, love, the pulp mill and grass roots activism with the kind of personal touch that has put him in the company of such lauded Canadian luminaries as Stan Rogers, David Francey, John Allan Cameron and Gordon Lightfoot. A genuinely engaging performer and world-class songwriter, Dave has the magnetic gift of captivating audiences by painting pictures through his heartfelt stories, humorous lyrics and solid musicianship.
Dave has recently is released a new collaborative recording with good friend J.P. Cormier fittingly called ‘Two’. Two guitars, two voices. Two of the most exceptional singer-songwriters to ever rise from the East Coast. Two old friends, but making their first album together.
“Truly, what makes Gunning so remarkable as an entertainer is his rare gift to be able to befriend the audience as a whole from the stage throughout the course of the concert. And, indeed, you do feel as though he’s as good of a friend as any after a night of songs, stories and lighthearted laughs.” – The Guardian