Not performing in 2017
Previously Performed in: 2005, 2000
(AB) Celtic, Country
A storyteller through song, Maria Dunn combines North American folk and country music with the influences of her Celtic heritage. Born in Scotland and raised in Ontario and Alberta, she writes songs inspired by historical and contemporary characters, capturing their struggles and triumphs in her lyrics. In 2002, Maria received a Juno Award nomination in the Roots/Traditional Solo category for her second recording, For a Song.
Her new project, We Were Good People (2004), explores the stories of working people in Western Canada--tales of resilience and hope through experiences of immigration, internment, exploitation and The Depression. The stories range from The Lingan Strike, a rousing tale from Cape Breton's labour history, to Take it Easy on Me, a gentle anthem for contemporary society.
Maria's critically acclaimed debut release, From Where I Stand (1998), also finds a beautiful balance between the past and present. Its musical settings range from the Scottish inspired melody of Shoes of A Man, a song about her grandfather's life in Glasgow, to the upbeat bluegrass feel of Distant Whisper, a travelling love ballad.
From her website