ORIGINAL, FOLK-INSPIRED ACOUSTIC MUSIC TO QUENCH THE THIRSTY SOUL

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.

HARRY CHAPIN FOOD BANK BENEFIT CONCERT 

As the holidays fade into memory, both the snow, and the temperature are falling here in Ontario. Anna and I are busy with rehearsals for our benefit concert for the Harry Chapin Food Bank in Southwest Florida on January 13. I must confess that I am looking forward to the warmer temperatures, and reuniting with our good friends at Coconut Point in Estero, including Food Bank Chairman, Keith Scoggins, who, being a fine musician in his own right, will be opening for us.

For you younger folks, Harry Chapin was a cinematographer, playwright, poet, songwriter and ardent advocate, fighting against what he saw as injustices in our society. He was best known as a prolific songwriter, recording artist and performer who played more than 300 concerts a year. He was the author of such enduring classics as Taxi, Circle, and Cats in the Cradle.

Over the years, Harry demonstrated an amazing personal commitment, giving the proceeds of every other concert to organizations fighting hunger. Hunger became Harry’s cause and passion, discussing ending hunger at all appearances, lobbying Washington constantly for help, and aiding in the establishment of the World Hunger Commission. He was the founder of World Hunger Year (WHY), an international organization that brings grassroots organizations together to fight hunger. 

He also established the hunger hotline in New York City (a service that remains open for all hungry people in the city) and the Long Island Cares Food Bank, where his widow, Sandy, still serves on the board of directors. 

In 1981, Harry died suddenly and tragically in an automobile crash on the Long Island Expressway. He was scheduled to complete another benefit concert that night. 

We are honoured to be returning to Southwest Florida to perform at this benefit concert for the Harry Chapin Food Bank. Although this is a private event, you can participate by contributing to your local food bank, either in Southwest Florida, or anywhere in the world through The Global Food Banking Network.  

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS 

What an amazing musical year it has been!  2015 started with a tour down California's central coast and recording the first tracks for the new album. February brought a return to our beloved Costa Rica and a number of shows in the Guanacaste region. Returning to Canada in the spring, I focused my attention on completion of the new album, as well as a number of Ontario shows. With the release of "The Great Unknown" in September came radio airplay on folk and roots programs across the globe, as well as tours of Alberta, B.C., and Ontario... not to mention my 64th birthday!!

And now, sitting by the proverbial fire in our home town and writing a batch of new songs, it is time to reflect and give thanks to all our friends, fans, fellow musicians, promotors, media, and everyone who supported us over this past year !!  Many blessings to all of you. May there be peace in your world, and across the entire globe !!

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Porchfest

Porchfest, Whitevale, Ontario

Ken Dunn will be among the performers at this year's Whitevale Porchfest in the hamlet of Whitevale, just north of Toronto. Porchfest is an annual free music event held on front porches across the country, in communities such as Ottawa and Belleville. The Whitevale Porchfest is a great opportunity to learn about and appreciate the hamlet's history, early architecture and friendly community! It is intended to bring residents and friends together through local entertainment.

Music is diverse and can range from country to pop, classical, reggae, blues, rock, jazz, Latino, R&B, or ethnic groups and takes place on several porches throughout the village from 12-6pm. Come join us for this unique celebration of music and community!