"Highly evocative and intriguing" (Folk Roots, UK)...

THE MUSIC OF KEN DUNN offers "refreshing insight into human complexities" (Festival of Friends) while grounded in "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, his songs are "filled with the human spirit" (CFMU Radio). Ken's songs have received extensive airplay on folk and roots radio globally, as well as placement in film scores.

Combining an adept finger style acoustic guitar technique with "strong, distinctive vocals" (R2, Dublin), and songwriting which is at once powerful and infused with delicate beauty, Ken delivers his message directly to the soul of the listener. Known for his powerful stage presence, engaging sense of humour, and delightful story telling, Ken performs either solo, with partner Anna Green, or the band Gypsy Starfish.


With my 16 year old (adolescent?) album Time and Space now available for the first time on iTunes, it's nice to see it still has some relevance in today's chaotic world...  Thanks to Tom Arvidsson at Thirsty Boots in Sweden for the encouraging comments... (translated from the Swedish)

"It's dark out there ... It does not help much with electric lights when driving home ... A little snow would light up properly ... 

Then there is more dark too: Trump (hardly needs to be spelled out?) ... Violence and attacks at Standing Rock, where the tribes are trying to save their drinking water ... There is a lot of 'hatred' in too many people's brain cells ...   

Ken Dunn and his "Absence of Light" summarizes both the first and the second ... Lovely harmonica that touches and a really neat little guitar solo in addition ... 

A darkness shared is never as dark ...! Suddenly I feel a lot better ...

Ken Dunn- Absence of Light



Well, after a short but sweet Ontario tour, Anna and I are back home on B.C.'s beautiful Sunshine Coast. It was great being a part of "Playing For Change" Day at the Marsh Street Centre in Clarksburg, and having the honour of playing Mossy Gatherings last show at Owen Sound's amazing Heartwood Hall.  

A new album is also in the works with Sacha Fasseart at Coast Enclave Studios, right here in Gibsons! Thanks to Mark Mariash, drum and percussion tracks have also been recorded at Starbird Studios in Ontario. Next will be Randy Martin's amazing bass licks, followed by the sweet sounds of Tyler Beckett's fiddle @ Track6 in Ontario.

Thanks to Linda Williams, we played a great show at Artesia Coffee House in Sechelt, B.C. and will be playing in Pender Harbour, B.C. on November 11.



Ken Dunn and Anna Green will be playing at this event featuring several great musical acts. This concert is one of over 300 taking place in 50 countries on September 24th. Admission is by donation and goes to support children's music education programs worldwide. Show starts at 5pm at the Marsh Street Performance Arts Centre, 187 Marsh Street, Clarksburg, Ontario.


Thanks to film maker Maks Andrejczuk, our Gypsy Starfish performance at Durham Ontario's Garafraxa Cafe on June 10 was videotaped, resulting in three new live performance videos for Cross of Lorraine, Mermaid of Avila, and a new song, Hills of Strathavon. Check out the new videos by clicking on Videos in the menu bar on the left to visit my YouTube Channel. Enjoy!


After shows in the U.S., Mexico, British Columbia, and Alberta, I am thrilled to be back in my home province of Ontario, kicking things off in Toronto at the legendary Free Times Cafe. It's been almost 20 years since I first performed at this iconic venue. This time around, the lovely and talented Anna Green will join me for a truly memorable evening of original acoustic music.

Judy Perly established Free Times Cafe as a Toronto cultural and food institution over 35 years ago. As a fully licensed restaurant and bar hosting nightly original music, Free Times has established a reputation as the best and most authentic club for live music and home cooked food. Please book dinner reservations anytime between 6:30 and 7:30 for this 8pm show, by calling 416 967-1078. Tickets are available at the door for a suggested donation of $10.  

If you are in the Toronto area, please consider joining us for an evening of original acoustic music and amazing home cooked food. Licensed under the LLBO. Located at 320 College Street, in the heart of Toronto's entertainment district.


We are thrilled to announce our return engagement at this amazing venue on April 16, 2016.  We first played the Gumboot Cafe back in December 2015, and what a wonderful experience it was! We have since learned that Roberts Creek, B.C. is known for its supportive, listening audiences, a rarity in this day and age. Owner Joe DeLeo, himself an amazing musician, and his staff ensure an inspiring time for audience and performers alike. To top it off, the food and beverages are excellent. If you happen to find yourself on "The Coast" on April 16, please consider joining us for an evening of soulful, folk-inspired original acoustic music.


I am sure that most musicians would agree that, after working for months (sometimes years) writing, recording, and promoting an album, it is very gratifying to receive radio airplay.

Since the release of 'The Great Unknown' late last year, I have been thrilled by the positive response from folk and roots radio programs not only in Canada and the U.S., but across the globe.

One particular network of stations currently playing my album is especially near and dear to my heart. The Hospital Broadcasting Service (HBS) is an award winning totally voluntary organization that has been providing patients in Glasgow and Paisley, Scotland with their own dedicated radio channel since Christmas Day 1970.   

In addition to broadcasting to the bedside equipment in most wards, patients can also listen-in and hear the programmes in stereo via  a Listen Live option.  It is very gratifying to know that my songs are being broadcast to hospital patients. Working in hospitals for almost 20 years had a profound impact on my personal development, and by default on my songwriting. Indeed "Cross of Lorraine' was written about the fight against 'the great white plague' of tuberculosis, and the cross that came to be the symbol for the worldwide Christmas Seal campaign.

Thanks to Colin Fielding and his show Folkal Point which airs not only on HBS, but on Blues and Roots Radio in Canada as well. Many thanks also to Peter Holmstedt at Hemifran for the great job with European promotion.



This Sunday, February 28, 2016, we are happy to be returning to the lovely Persephone Brew House in Gibsons, B.C. for a two-hour concert of original music from 2-4pm.

Enjoy farm fresh craft beer and the best wood oven pizza around. Persephone is committed to making the world a better place through early adoption of ecologically positive systems and working as a social venture to employ people who need it most. Free Admission. 


I am pleased to announce that "The Great Unknown" has won Best Americana Album for February 2016 at the Akademia Music Awards in Los Angeles. According to Akademia, "Ken Dunn has a penchant for conceiving folk Americana music that's both unconventional and classic at the same time, and his new album 'The Great Unknown' is a prime example of this faculty for original expression".

Many thanks to the Akademia Music Awards, and to everyone who contributed to this labour of love: Anna Green, Randy Martin, Mark Mariash, Tyler Beckett, Dean Drouillard, Drew McIvor, Keira McArthur, Damon Castillo, Karen Kane, Peter Letros, and Peter Holmstedt.

You can listen to the album here, or purchase it here. Many thanks !!


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