With a career spanning 20 years and 11 albums, folk-roots based singer/ songwriter Dave Gunning has earned multiple Canadian Folk Music Awards, a Juno nomination and eight East Coast Music Awards for his well-crafted work.
Dave is known for distilling the essence of a nation into iconic and anthemic folk songs, traversing territory as diverse as hockey, hardships, love, the pulp mill and grass roots activism with the kind of personal touch that has put him in the company of such lauded Canadian luminaries as David Francey, James Keelaghan, Stan Rogers and Gordon Lightfoot.
His new album, Lift offers an honest acoustic sound that proves to be the perfect vehicle for his neatly-crafted and poetic material and gently expressive vocals. A genuinely engaging performer and world-class songwriter, Dave has the magnetic gift of captivating audiences by painting pictures through his heartfelt stories, humorous lyrics and stunning musical arrangements. Give yourself a Lift and check out the work of an authentic artist at his creative peak.
“Truly, what makes Gunning so remarkable as an entertainer is his rare gift to be able to befriend the audience as a whole from the stage throughout the course of the concert. And, indeed, you do feel as though he’s as good of a friend as any after a night of songs, stories and lighthearted laughs.” - The Guardian
“Gunning’s songs give voice to the downtrodden and salute the pride and values of hard working people. Gunning has emerged over the last 15 years as one of the defining voices of East Coast songwriting, joining the forces of Stan Rogers and John Allan Cameron as chroniclers of life." - Penguin Eggs
“Dave Gunning is certainly one of the most celebrated songwriters we've seen from the Maritimes…he's joined the ranks of the very best from these parts. As I've said before, if you want to know about the Maritimes, get a Dave Gunning album.” -
“Gunning has a very honest and big-hearted vocal style, and we expect this fine album, Lift, to add to his trophy collection.” - newcanadianmusic.ca