Award-winning musician Dave Gunning peforms Sept. 8 in Iqaluit
"He’s a very understated performer who just has an amazing way of writing songs"
If you’re in Iqaluit this weekend, and craving fine entertainment, the Alianait concert series has another great show coming your way.
Dave Gunning, a well-known musician from Nova Scotia, is set to perform on Sept. 8 at Nakasuk School starting at 7:30 p.m.
Opening for the folk and country singer-songwriter is the local band, The Trade-Offs (formerly called the JJ’s), whose members will play songs from their upcoming CD.
Gunning’s music includes Irish, Scottish, French, Acadian, folk and country tunes.
The winner of eight East Coast Music Association Awards and two Canadian Folk Music Awards, Gunning saw his last recording, “a tribute to John Allan Cameron” win a Juno award nomination for roots and traditional solo album of the year.
“He’s a very understated performer who just has an amazing way of writing songs that really hit home and have a really great way of connecting with the audience,” Alianait’s executive director Heather Daley said.
And “he’s played every festival in North America except for Alianait,” she added.
Gunning, who’s on his second visit to Iqaluit, said his first visit “certainly left an impression on me.”
But since then about 10 years have passed.
“I just remember having a great time, people seemed to be appreciative of the songs and the stories,” he said.
On Saturday night Gunning plans to play a few songs off of his 10th, yet-to-be-released album, “No More Pennies.”
Gunning, who has nine CDs to his credit, will also give three workshops in Iqaluit, one at the young offenders facility, another at Inuksuk High School and one that’s open to the public on Sept. 9 at the Ukkivik residence. There you can learn more about song-writing with Gunning and local musicians, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Tickets for Gunning’s show are on sale at Arctic Ventures: $22 for adults in advance or $25 at the door; $12 for advance youth (13 to 18 years old) tickets or and $15 at the door.
Elders and kids 12 and under can see the show for free.
Alianait has two more concerts planned this fall: Australian David Ross Macdonald performs his first northern gig on Oct. 6 and on Nov. 17 there’s a blues night with Suzie Vinnick. For more information, you can visit Alianait’s website.