TOP 10 FOLK ALBUMS, Roots Music Report, May 2020
"This is an album for the true folk lover. Ashes in the Morning is thought-provoking and authentic to the highest degree, and an indicator that not all of the great classic folk music is behind us...John Prine meets Gordon Lightfoot meets Bob Dylan."
-The Ark of Music, USA
"A beautiful and thought-provoking work"
- Bob Smith, The Static Dive, USA
"The world would benefit greatly from listening to 'Ashes In The Morning' right now".
- Tom Haugen, Take Effect Reviews
"a phenomenal album with glowing notes that deserves the highest recognition".
- Jimmy Rae, Scope Magazine
"A sincere effort by an engaging troubadour."
- John Apice, Americana Highways
"A stentorian voiced folkie finding strength by speaking truth"
- Chris Spectre, Midwest Record Review
Words and music by Ken Dunn (SOCAN, ASCAP) © 2020 Ken Dunn
Mixed, mastered, and produced by Ken Dunn at Orca Sound, Garden Bay, British Columbia.
Ken Dunn - vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, and white deer drum
Anna Green - backing and harmony vocals
Tyler Beckett - fiddle
Ben Grossman - hurdy gurdy
Randy Martin - bass
Mark Mariash - drums and percussion
Michael G. Ronstadt - cello on “Deep in the Hive”
Dean Droulliard - electric tremolo guitar on “Laughter in Your Veins”
Recorded at Orca Sound, Garden Bay, BC by Ken Dunn and Track6, Durham, Ontario by Randy Martin. Additional drums and percussion recorded by Mark Mariash at StarBird in Durham, Ontario. “Tahlequah” recorded live in the studio at Folk Roots Radio, Leamington, Ontario by Jan Hall. Hurdy gurdy recorded by Ben Grossman in Toronto, Ontario. Cello recorded by Michael G. Ronstadt in Cincinnati, Ohio. Tremolo electric guitar recorded by Dean Drouillard at Hepbourne Lab in Toronto, Ontario.
Orca recording on “Come Back Joni” from “Sounds of Dolphins and Whales” on the coast of Boca de Rio, Nueva Esparta State, Venezuela. Thanks to Marine Biologist José Morillo and Wilfredo Rodriguez. Licensed under Creative Commons Universal Public Domain Dedication.
Cover art “Noch Slak, wife of Capt. Jack of Kisbyyoks, British Columbia” by Wilfred Langdon Kihn. Used by permission under Creative Commons Attribution International licence.
Many thanks to everyone who inspired and contributed to the realization of this recording. In addition to those mentioned above, I am forever grateful to my life and musical partner, Anna Green for her patience, love, and support.
Thanks also to the indigenous and settler communities of British Columbia, with special thanks to Mark Trevis for the gift of the white deer drum heard on “Come Back Joni”. Aho! Special thanks to my Trespass Music team of Michelle Fortier and Larry Ahearn and the team at Indie Pool in Toronto.