"The key to the future of the world is finding the optimistic stories and letting them be known." - Pete Seeger (1994)
Americana / Scottish- Irish Folk Songstress & Storyteller
Preferred Method of
Skype & Telephone
Songwriting, Copyright, Royalties, Performing Rights Organizations, Touring, Booking, Tour Planning, Life on the Road, Touring in General, Finding Funding, Grants, Recording, Live Performance, Live Performance in General, Being an Effective Bandleader, Being an Effective Sideperson, Communicating With Your Audience, Preparing for a Great Performance, DIY Album Releases
Past Juno-nominated songwriter Maria Dunn draws deeply on the folk tradition of storytelling through song. Melding North American roots music with her Scottish-Irish heritage, she sings about the resilience and grace of “ordinary” people, past and present, as on her most recent recording Piece By Piece (Nominee – 2013 Canadian Folk Music Award; Shortlist – 2013 Edmonton Music Prize), inspired by immigrant women working at a Western Canadian clothing factory. Maria has released four previous independent CDs including: The Peddler (Nominee - 2009 CFMA) and For A Song (Nominee - 2002 Juno Award), all produced by Shannon Johnson (2007 Juno-winning band The McDades).
In addition to developing and touring three multimedia people’s history shows, On The River (with Aboriginal women’s trio Asani), GWG: Piece by Piece and Troublemakers: Working Albertans, 1900 – 1950, with videographer Don Bouzek, Maria performs at festivals and theatres in Canada, Europe (2008 Celtic Connections, Glasgow; Netherlands Tour 2011) and USA (2006 Smithsonian Folk Life Festival, Washington, DC). Media features include: Bravo TV (The Carol Project), CBC National Radio (Sunday Edition), CKUA Alberta, BBC Radio Scotland. Her songs are published in Sing Out! and Penguin Eggs magazines and recorded by other artists including Niamh Parsons, The Outside Track, Bob Bossin.
Maria is often commissioned to create custom song works.