Ken Dunn

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Date(s) - Thursday, June 1, 2017
9:00 pm - 11:30 pm

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Moonshine Cafe

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“Highly evocative and intriguing” (fRoots, UK), the music of Ken Dunn offers “refreshing insight into human complexities” (Festival of Friends, Hamilton) with a style characterized as “the folk tradition, with integrity and sincerity” (Chart, Toronto). Whether mining the depths of human emotion, or pleading the case for social and environmental justice, Ken’s songs are “filled with the human spirit” (CFMU Radio, Hamilton).

Combining an adept finger style acoustic guitar technique with “strong, distinctive vocals (R2, Dublin), and “brilliant songwriting” (Hemifran, Sweden), Ken delivers his positive message directly to the soul of the listener with a style compared to that of Neil Young (Roots Time, Germany). Known for his engaging stage presence, sense of humour, and delightful story telling, Ken performs either solo, with partner Anna Green, or his “mighty Gypsy Starfish band” (FATEA Magazine, UK).

Ken often performs with his wife Anna Green, whose beautiful harmony vocals, acoustic guitar, and keyboard work provide added musical dimension and emotional depth to further engage audiences. In addition, his sound takes on a distinctive folk and country rock vibe when performing with Gypsy Starfish band members Tyler Beckett on fiddle, Randy Martin on bass, and Mark Mariash on drums.

A veteran Canadian folk singer-songwriter, now in his mid-60’s, Ken has performed at hundreds of venues over the past 30 years, across Canada, the U.S., and Central America from concert halls to festivals and cafes, sharing the bill with folk and roots icons as diverse as Jerry Jeff Walker, Willie P. Bennett, Valdy, Mike Beck, Roy Schneider, Pi Jacobs, and Garnet Rogers.

Ken’s passion for social and environmental justice is evident in the many benefit concerts he performs, supporting charities as diverse as the Harry Chapin Food Bank, Amnesty International, and PlayForChange.Org.

Ken has released 6 albums featuring some of Canada’s finest studio musicians, including Dennis Pendrith (Tom Paxton), Dean Drouillard (Jill Barber), Mark Mariash (Buffy Sainte Marie), Randall Hill, and Roly Platt. Ken’s previous recordings have received critical acclaim, extensive airplay, and placement in film scores. His latest album, “The Great Unknown” (2015), recorded with Gypsy Starfish, was welcomed by positive reviews and airplay on folk and roots radio around the world. Ken is currently working on a new album, scheduled for release in the summer of 2017 with Trespass Music. He lives and performs mainly in British Columbia, but also tours far and wide, when the road inevitably calls.

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