Ken Dunn is a modern day travelling troubadour, giving social and environmental issues a voice in song, while reminding us to keep our loved ones and peace at the forefront of this precious life.
« Highly evocative and intriguing » (fRoots, UK), the music of Ken Dunn « sneaks into your feet, heart, and soul » (No Depression, USA), offering « 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, or with partner Anna Green, whose vocal harmonies add an ethereal dimension to live performances.
A veteran Canadian folk singer-songwriter, 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, Playing For Change and LA Family Housing.
Ken has released 8 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 recordings have received critical acclaim, extensive airplay, and placement in film scores. His most recent album, « Live in L.A. » was released to radio worldwide by Trespass Music on February 1, 2019. In support of the album, Ken will be touring BC, Quebec, Ontario, and Florida in the spring of 2019.
1. Shifting Sand (5:00) Originally recorded on my 2016 album “The Great Unknown”. In this world of constant shifting sand, let us make peace with the hands of time.
2. Lifestream (4:22) From my 2014 EP “Sacred Water” with Anna Green. « I will call to you, like you call to me, as we paddle down life’s stream. »
3. Tahlequah (5:41) In a heart wrenching display of grief, this mother orca, one of the few remaining in our local BC pod, carried the lifeless body of her child for two weeks before finally releasing her to the deep. Aho Mitakuye Oyasin! We are all one!
4. Heart of Mine (4:36) Originally recorded on my 1996 album “Precious Life”. I wrote this in San Francisco after meeting homeless musicians in Haight-Ashbury.
5. Precious Life (4:06) *Originally recorded on my 1996 album of the same name. Written for my parents in gratitude. Don’t waste another minute. Hug your loved one. It’s a precious life.
6. Fire, Wind, the Earth and Rain (4:25)Love will conquer hate, and light overcome darkness. Hope is on the way. Don’t be fooled, love still gonna rule!
7. Farewell to the Cages (3:59) Mother Earth we hardly knew you. Goodbye friend!
8. Don’t Believe (3:38) Originally recorded at the Festival of Friends in Hamilton, Ontario in 1994 and released on my 1996 album “Precious Life”, this tune is an anthem for peace.
9. St. James Infirmary (4:13) I first heard Cab Calloway sing this traditional blues in a Betty Boop cartoon as a child! No kidding! Obviously made quite an impact. I recorded a version in 1996 on the “Precious Life” album.
10. Naked and Amazed (5:29) Previously recorded on 2014’s “Sacred Water” EP with Anna Green. A song for the Earth and its many diverse beings. Mother Earth, keep us safe from harm.
11. Wild Horse (4:56) Originally recorded on my 2000 album “Time and Space”. For all the wild horses out there, and the wild love within us all.
12. Saskatoon (4:19) Written in Saskatoon and originally recorded on 1994’s “Winds of Emotion”. I recorded this again for 2018’s “Wondrous Beauty”. I love you, I really do!
Infos : https://www.kendunnmusic.com