Ken Dunn’s music "sneaks into you feet, heart, and soul."        - No Depression, The Roots Music Journal

Singer-songwriter Ken Dunn writes, performs, and records with the intention of promoting peace, social, and environmental justice. Alternatively light-hearted and pensive, contemporary, yet infused with tradition, this is music focused on positive human values, with diversity and inclusivity at its core.

Also known as Cináed Ó Duinn, Ken isn't just a talented singer-songwriter; he's also an accomplished instrumentalist specializing in Celtic and folk-inspired acoustic guitar music. His original compositions, like "Dance of the Winter Fairies" and "Baking the Master," have earned acclaim for their no-frills, precise approach to the acoustic guitar. Ken's style, perfectly suited for concert halls, clubs, and events requiring uplifting background music, showcases his delicate mastery of the instrument. For several decades, his performances have inspired audiences both large and small.

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REVISITING WONDROUS BEAUTY 

It's been an eventful winter, navigating the nomadic lifestyle with my family in our camper van, traversing the diverse landscapes of America. While I've occasionally performed at small venues, I've primarily taken a break from live shows, a hiatus that's proven both rejuvenating and enriching. This period has allowed me to rediscover some of my earlier compositions, many of which had faded into the recesses of my memory. One of the downsides of crafting hundreds of songs over the span of several decades, I suppose. 

One rainy afternoon a few days ago, in Burnaby, B.C., I found myself revisiting a particular tune - the title track from my 2017 album, "Wondrous Beauty." I hope you enjoy it, and may your day be filled with wonder and beauty as well.

NEW REVIEW FROM SWEDEN FOR ANTHOLOGY VOLUME 2 

Well I must say that I am humbled by this latest review. Many thanks to Tom Arvidsson at Thirsty Boots in Sweden. Of course, it's in Swedish, but the English translation is further down.
In a nutshell: "There is a clarity and a conviction in Canadian Ken Dunn's music. Most songwriters would be proud to have such a strong treasure of songs to choose from. Ken has a big heart for peace and justice and he writes his songs with a firm belief that love and understanding can save the world". Let's hope so !!

FINDING HARMONY IN ADVERSITY: A MUSICAL JOURNEY OF RECOVERY AND CREATIVITY 

Greetings, music enthusiasts! It's been an eventful summer, culminating in a unique twist of fate. Just as I wrapped up my Ontario tour, a curveball came my way in the form of a Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) injury, sidelining me for what seems like an eternity. However, as luck would have it, I find myself convalescing in the sunny embrace of Florida, turning an unexpected hiatus into a period of reflection and creative exploration.

Amidst the challenges of recovery, I've discovered a silver lining that has allowed me to delve into creative projects I've long yearned to pursue. One such endeavor involves harnessing the power of new Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools to breathe new life into the production of video for my recorded material. These tools have opened up a realm of possibilities, and I've been diligently working on a series of videos for some of my compositions.

Today, I'm excited to share with you one of these creations – a video for my instrumental tune, "Dance of the Winter Fairies", which was recently re-released on Anthology, Volume 2. The enchanting melodies and visual elements come together in a symphony, capturing the essence of this magical piece. I hope it brings a touch of warmth to those in the northern climes, a reminder that even in the coldest of winters, music has the power to kindle the spirit. 

As the year winds down, my focus on these creative projects becomes a beacon of positivity. It's a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the ability to find inspiration even in challenging times. While I eagerly anticipate my return to live performances in the new year, I invite you to join me on this digital journey.

Thank you for your continued support and encouragement. Your positive energy fuels my recovery and propels me forward. Here's to the healing power of music and the promise of a new chapter in the coming year. Until then, stay tuned for more musical adventures and, hopefully, a swift return to the stage. Wishing you warmth and creativity wherever you are.

Yours in melody, Ken
 

THANK YOU ONTARIO !! 


Dear friends and music enthusiasts,

What an enchanting musical summer it has been, touring the beautiful province of Ontario, from the vibrant city of Ottawa to my charming home town of Windsor, and all the incredible points in between. From the Folk Music Ontario conference in London to the unforgettable moments spent with my talented friends Doug MacArthur and Ian Tamblyn in Quebec, this journey has truly been an experience I will always cherish.

I want to express my deepest gratitude to each and every one of you who graced my shows with your presence, your energy, and your love for music. Your support means the world to me, and it's what keeps the melodies flowing.

A special shout-out to Anna for her unwavering support, and for backing me up on several occasions, sharing in the magic of the music and the road. Your presence has been a blessing.

As we wrap up this incredible musical summer, I look back with a heart full of appreciation and forward with anticipation for more musical adventures to come. Time for a little R & R. Thank you for being a part of this journey, and let's keep the music alive.

With immense gratitude, Ken 🎶✨🚐

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FREEWHEELIN' ON CFMU 93.3 FM  

 

It sure was great to be back on Jim Marino's FREEWHEELIN' FOLK SHOW. Jim has been broadcasting the finest folk music around for the past 29 years on Hamilton, Ontario's CFMU 93.3 FM at McMaster University.

You can listen to the entire interview, as well as my live performance, and some tunes from ANTHOLOGY, VOLUME 2 by clicking on this link: https://kendunnmusic.com/track/3496179/cfmu-july-2023

 

SO GREAT TO BE BACK TOURING IN ONTARIO  

As much as I love wandering across this continent playing music, it is always a special treat coming home to my home province of Ontario. As June begins to wind down, I would like to express my gratitude for the continuing support of fans, venues, and media, as I close in on the half way mark of this wonderful summer tour. Please check my upcoming shows as the tour continues until October. Hope to see you soon. And don’t forget, I would love to perform a house concert in your home town. As a special treat, Anna may continue to join me on several future dates 🎶💕 Stay tuned!

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UPCOMING SHOWS

WHITEVALE PORCHFEST

Whitevale, Ontario

I am once again looking forward to performing at this wonderful little festival. The Whitevale Porchfest is the only one of its kind in the Greater Toronto Area run by a volunteer group of local residents to make a community cultural contribution to the local Pickering Community through music.

This Festival invites musicians to play on designated porches for a one hour set. Multiple musicians play simultaneously over a 6 hour period, allowing people to casually walk through the village and stop at the porches to enjoy the music and learn a little bit about the unique qualities of this historical hamlet in Pickering. ​