Dave Gunning
Sunday September 15, 2019  8pm - 10:30pm (2 Hours 30 Minutes)


Call it the silver lining in the cloud of a brutally cold Nova Scotia winter. When acclaimed folk singer/songwriter Dave Gunning decided it was time to make his 11th solo album, he found the bleak weather outside a blessing, not a curse. We were literally snowed in, but the power was on and I was good to go, he says of the making of that album, Lift.

Eleven albums in, Dave Gunning has become a truly masterful songwriter, one who has earned real peer respect from such Canadian folk songwriting legends as Ron Hynes, David Francey, and James Keelaghan. I grew up listening to people like Ron Hynes,says Dave. I look up to them but then it hits me sometimes that I'm their peer and they like my stuff too. It's a weird headspace, flipping from being a fan to being a peer.

Co-writing with his peers has had a major impact on Gunning.The co-writing process has really helped my career, as it helps you keep the energy momentum going, he explains. Noted co-writers on Lift include Matt Andersen, Thom Swift, Catherine MacLellan, Jamie Robinson, plus American Sally Spring and Dave's Pictou pals, Jim Dorie, John Meir, and Ray Stewart. One song here, Alberta Gold has already been something of a radio and video hit for Matt Andersen, who included it on his popular album Weightless. Gunning's banjo-fuelled campfire singalong version is equally rousing in its depiction of the present-day migration of Maritimers to the Albertan oil patch.

The 13 songs on Lift cover refreshingly broad lyrical terrain. Story and character-based songs fit snugly alongside more personal material, and in true folk music tradition, some numbers could be considered protest songs. Gunning acknowledges that this album has more personal and introspective songs than my past recordings. I do still love songs that are about things and tell a real story, like the songs of Stan Rogers. They inspire me.

A fine example of that here is I Robbed The Co. Store, which tells the true story of a group of British settlers in Nova Scotia in the 1770s forced to steal from a storehouse reserved for troops just so they could feed their families. A more contemporary song with a Pictou County setting is They Don't Do That No More. That one is inspired by the fight we have here against a pulp mill that is just an environmental disaster, explains Gunning. The mournful sound of the pedal steel punctuates his lament that there is poison on the harbour floor. It's a song one of Dave's key inspirations, the late folk great Pete Seeger, would have been proud to call his own.

Adults $30
Military $25
Students $15

Evergreen Theatre
1941 Stronach Mountain Road
Margaretsville, Nova Scotia


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