Multi-award winning, Dave Gunning is set to release his newest recording project ... a tribute to John Allan Cameron, the Godfather of Canadian Celtic Music. The first live show that Dave ever saw was a John Allan Cameron and Stan Rogers concert in 1981.
"That show changed my life. I would not be writing and playing folk music if not for seeing that concert and every other John Allan performance in Pictou County. That was my musical birth, and thanks to John Allan I've been able to make a living playing music."
... a tribute to John Allan Cameron is an inspiring, heartfelt and uplifting dedication to Canada’s true pioneer and musical legend. Featuring 17 traditional and original arrangements, Gunning’s interpretation is sincere and deeply moving, toe tapping and entertaining. Joining Dave on vocals and twelve string guitar is a stellar musical line up of musicians - Stuart Cameron, Allie Bennett, JP Cormier, Christina Martin, Cathy Porter, Ian MacKinnon, George Canyon, Buddy MacDonald and Peewee Charles - steel player for Gordon Lightfoot and several John Allan recordings.
Sharing the stage and touring with John Allan as his bass player in 2000 and 2001 was a remarkable and memorable career highlight for Dave. "He was such a supporter of young artists and singer songwriters and always featured me in the middle of his shows. I loved working with him both on and off stage. He was a good friend."
Gunning released his latest album We’re All Leaving (Fontana North) in Sept. 2009. The album, nominated for three 2010 ECMAs (FACTOR Recording of the Year, SOCAN Songwriter of the Year and Male Solo Recording of the Year), offers 11 songs that include co-writes with acclaimed musicians James Keelaghan, David Francey, Matt Andersen and producer Jamie Robinson. Since debuting with Lost Tracks in 1997, Dave has released seven recordings, won six Music Nova Scotia Awards and three ECMAs, including 2008 Folk Recording, Male Artist for House for Sale and 2005 Folk Recording for Two-bit World. He also won the Indie International Songwriting Contest in the folk category for the song “Hard Workin’ Hands."