CROWDFUNDING MY NEW ALBUM "ASHES IN THE MORNING"
"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. Dunn’s peaceful, eloquent display of wordplay and music in a time with so much strife is the sort of positivity, inclusiveness and compassion that we could all use more of".
- Tom Haugen, Take Effect Reviews
"Ashes In The Morning is a phenomenal album with glowing notes and deserves the highest recognition among the music community".
- Jimmy Rae, Scope Magazine
"A stentorian voiced folkie finding strength by speaking truth"
- Chris Spectre, Midwest Record Review
I am thrilled by the reception that my new album, "Ashes in the Morning" has been given, not only by reviewers, but the Folk Radio community as well, charting in the top 10 on the Roots Music Report!
I feel very passionate about this record which I view as a clarion call to embrace love, compassion, hope, gratitude, and non-violent activism as positive change agents in this unprecedented and challenging era of COVID-19, climate change, species loss, and upheaval on so many levels.
Making this record has been a true labour of love, and only realized with the help of so many fine musicians, supporters, family, and friends. But now, I need your help to raise the funds necessary for the manufacture and distribution of the album. Only then will its positive message be heard by media, reviewers, and fans around the world.
Like countless musicians, I am feeling the financial pinch, with the gig cancellations, and a Canada/U.S. tour in support of the album release now in serious jeopardy.
I know we are all suffering in these challenging times, but if you are able, please consider supporting this project through one of the initiatives below, from ordering a download of the album, a CD, or vinyl LP, to hosting a virtual house concert online.
Thank you so much for your attention. I wish you peace, health, and happiness in the challenging days ahead.
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. 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 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.
Maybe you just want to stream the album on Spotify, or drop something in the tip jar! Any and all donations welcome, Love, Peace, and Music Always, Ken
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