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3214 West 10th Ave, Kitsilano
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... remarkable singer-songwriter, think of her as a distaff Woody Guthrie.
- Mike Ross, Edmonton Sun
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 nomination in the Roots/Traditional Solo category for her second recording, For a Song.
Maria's 2008 CD The Peddler (distributed by Outside Music), was nominated for a 2009 Canadian Folk Music Award - Solo Artist of the Year and consists of songs that have a distinct Celtic influence. The songs range from "The Elder Sister," Maria's ominous take on the timeless "Two Sisters" tale of jealousy, to "You Can't Take That Away," a modern offering for those who have lost a loved one. The title track, "The Peddler," is a haunting melody commenting on the marketing of modern wars, while "Sailor Song" is the rollicking adventure of an 18th century pirate. "Katie Comes a-Callin'" celebrates the simple joys of friendship while "William McIlroy's" commemorates a beloved Scottish uncle. To do justice to the songs on The Peddler and give them the appropriate Celtic music arrangements, Maria once again involved Shannon Johnson as producer and Shannon's excellent band The McDades (2007 Juno winners for their CD Bloom) as musicians and collaborators on the song arrangements.