"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.

NEW VIDEOS ONLINE 

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!

KEN DUNN & ANNA GREEN @ FREE TIMES CAFE, TORONTO 

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.

KEN DUNN & ANNA GREEN RETURN TO ROBERTS CREEK, B.C. 

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.
  

FOCUS ON GLASGOW'S HOSPITAL BROADCASTING SERVICE 

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.


 

KEN DUNN & ANNA GREEN IN GIBSONS, B.C. 

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. 

THE GREAT UNKNOWN WINS BEST AMERICANA ALBUM !! 

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 !!


 

GRACIAS SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE !! 

Thursday, February 11, 2016 was a very special night for Anna and I. After a lovely introduction by Jaci Winters (Amistad Canada), we took to the stage of the Santa Ana Theatre at La Biblioteca Publica in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for a sold out concert in this beautiful 100 seat historic theatre.   

We performed an entirely original 90 minute set, including several songs from the new album with myself on acoustic guitar and lead vocals, and Anna on keyboard and harmony vocals. 

Thanks to our generous audience, we were able to raise almost $1,500 which will fund Biblioteca Scholarships so that deserving Mexican youth can further their education.   

Thanks to James Langham (Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables) for the excellent sound and lighting, and to Bernard Czelakowski and crew from San Miguel de Allende for cinematography. 

SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE CONCERT 

We arrived in the beautiful colonial Mexican town of San Miguel de Allende last night and are now busy preparing for our February 11 benefit concert for Biblioteca Scholarships. Our concert is one in a series of special events celebrating   the Biblioteca's 50th anniversary at its current location. Constructed in 1734, the building houses not only the library, but the Santa Ana Theatre, where we will be performing as well.  

Tickets are $200 pesos with proceeds going directly to the Biblioteca. Your generous donations support their mission of supporting Mexican youth and remaining the culture heart of San Miguel de Allende by supporting La Biblioteca Scholarship programs and are eligible for a Canadian, US or Mexican tax receipt.

THANK YOU COCONUT POINT  

On Wednesday, January 13, around 50 generous souls from the Residences at Coconut Point in Estero, Florida gathered to join us in a   celebration of music and community to raise funds for the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida. As mentioned in my last blog entry, Harry Chapin was not only a prolific songwriter and performer, but an ardent advocate of hunger relief programs not only across the U.S., but worldwide.

With Anna on keyboards (thanks to a loaner from local musician Ron Balogh) and I on acoustic guitar, we performed a two hour benefit concert which raised enough funds to distribute over $7000 worth of food to the needy in Southwest Florida. Our friend, fellow musician and food bank Chairperson, Keith Scoggins started the evening with a talk about the food bank, and an inspiring opening set. Keith also joined us for a rousing sing-along rendition of Neil Young's Helpless at evening's end. Special thanks go out to Keith's hard working partner Diane Sovern for organizing the event, to Leigh Piscitelli for her excellent photos and video, as well as one of our favourite performers, Ft. Myers, Florida-based Americana musician Roy Schneider for the generous offer of his sound system.

Although poverty may not be the first word that comes to mind in association with Florida, the sad reality is that just beyond the monied tourist areas and gated communities, there are many working poor families in need. In this regard, it is worth noting that over 50% of the food distributed by the food bank sustains children and seniors, with the balance to those with disabilities, the working poor, and homeless.

In summary, the evening was a testament to the generosity of the residents of Coconut Point in Estero, Florida and their ongoing commitment to sharing the blessings so many of us enjoy. This was our third opportunity to perform for them, and we look forward to doing it again next year.

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Ken Dunn & Anna Green in Owen Sound, ON

Heartwood Concert Hall, 939 2nd Ave E, Owen Sound, ON N4K 2H5

Ken Dunn & Anna Green return to Ontario to play at Owen Sound's finest music hall with Tyler Beckett, Randy Martin, and Rob Elder. Special guest appearance by Keira McArthur. Advance Tickets $20. $25 at the door.