Maria Dunn (musician)
|Genres||Celtic folk with North American bluegrass and country influences|
|Years active||Since 1998|
Maria Dunn is a Canadian singer-songwriter. She has been described as "an arrestingly powerful singer-songwriter who writes great historical and social commentary." Her music blends Celtic folk with North American bluegrass and country influences.
As a child she studied classical piano and she later studied psychology at the University of Alberta. While a student at U of A she started a folk music program on the campus radio which she continued for 12 years. Immersing herself in folk music in this way, she gravitated towards writing her own songs. Her first album, From Where I Stand, was released in 1998 and her appearance at the 2000 Stan Rogers Folk Festival brought her to the attention of an East Coast Canadian audience that embraced her Celtic sound.
Since then she has released three other albums including the Juno nominated For a Song (2002). She appears at folk festivals around the world, often performing with The McDades. In 2003 she appeared at the BBC Scotland "Live From Celtic Connections" in Glasgow, Scotland. In 2008 she commenced a tour of the Netherlands.
She appeared in the 2002 documentary CKUA: Radio Worth Fighting For. Many artists have used her songs such as Niamh Parsons (The Peddler), Bob Bossin (We Were Good People), Aengus Finnan (Orphan Hand), The Outside Track (Poor Lonesome Hen) and others.
- From Where I Stand (1998)
- For A Song (2001) (Juno nomination in the Roots/Traditional Solo category)
- We Were Good People (2004) (“struggles of working class people in Western Canada during the 20th Century”)
- The Peddler (2008) (Nominated in 2009 for the Canadian Folk Music Award Solo artist of the Year).
- Piece By Piece (2012) Tells the story of immigrant textile workers in western Canada, notably at the GWG factory in Edmonton. The songs were written for a multimedia exhibition held at the Royal Alberta Museum in 2009.
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- CBC: Artist Profile, November 2012
- Royal Alberta Museum