St. Faith’s Church (11725 93 Street)
After having played SkirtsAfire’s inaugural Festival in 2013 with her moving, storytelling concert, Piece by Piece, about the GWG women, we are so excited to have her back for our 2018 festival. A true preserver of the spirit of folk music, 2017 Juno nominee Maria Dunn is often compared to Woody Guthrie for her keen social awareness and unvarnished songs about ordinary people. Celebrating the love and courage that fire our actions to make the world a better place, Maria – with violinist/singer/producer Shannon Johnson and Jeremiah McDade – will feature in SkirtsAfire’s Women’s Choir Festival, followed by a Maria Dunn Trio concert set.
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2017 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. Her latest release Gathering (Nominee – 2017 Juno Award, Nominee – 2017 WCMA; Winner – 2016 Edmonton Music Prize), is a collection of songs inspired by love—the love of family, community and humanity that connects us and fires our actions to make the world a better place (produced by Shannon Johnson, 2007 Juno-winner with her band The McDades for Bloom).
Maria’s previous five independent recordings include: Piece By Piece (2013 Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee), The Peddler (2009 CFMA Nominee), and For A Song (2002 Juno Nominee).
Edmonton-based, Maria performs at folk festivals, theatres and conferences across Canada, in Europe (UK Tour 2017, 2015; Netherlands 2011, 2010) and the USA.
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Shannon Johnson (www.themcdades.com) is a highly accomplished fiddler and 2007 Juno Award winner for her work with her Celtic-world fusion band The McDades (CD: Bloom). She began performing professionally at the age of eight, wowing music fans and critics with her strong, pure playing and exceptional improvisational skills. As a composer, she blends classical, Celtic and Canadian styles to create a new and powerful genre of label-bending music. Shannon is one of Western Canada’s most in-demand record producers and her special understanding of acoustic music and global styles can be heard on a number of award winning CDs including Maria Dunn’s six independent recordings.
Jeremiah McDade is a Canadian Juno Award winning musician, songwriter and instrumental virtuoso, equally at home on saxophones, fiddle, irish whistles, and guitar. He seamlessly moves from one instrument to the next introducing the audience to the rich aural textures and colours that mark his performances, while his dynamic and heartfelt vocals deliver a rich tapestry of stories. He performs around the world with his siblings in The McDades attracting a following with their unique global folk-root jazz inspired music.
“The Dizzy Gillespie of the Irish Tin Whistle”. (Gail Wein, Washington Post)