Maria Dunn in Concert
2022 Juno-winning Canadian folk/roots songwriter Maria Dunn will finally perform the pandemic-postponed album release concert for her seventh independent recording Joyful Banner Blazing – on the second anniversary of its release. Needless to say, she’ll also be celebrating her recent Juno win!
Musicians performing with Maria for this concert will include Joyful Banner Blazing producer Shannon Johnson (violin, harmonies) and Jeremiah McDade (saxophone, whistles, guitar, harmonies), members of Juno Award-winning band The McDades. The ensemble performs Maria’s thought-provoking, hope-
mongering songs in rich and varied arrangements with compelling vocals and superb musicianship. Other special guests will include Audrey Ochoa (trombone), Joel Gray (trumpet) and Debbie Houle (harmony vocals).
With Joyful Banner Blazing, Maria continues to draw upon stories of resilience, grace, gratitude, solidarity, and hope. Produced by Shannon Johnson (of Juno- winning band The McDades), Joyful Banner BlazingI honours working people (Heart in Hand, Waltzing with the Angels), unsung heroes (Joyful Banner Blazing), universal connections in family life (Don’t Think You Are Forgotten, Ontario Song), childhood resilience (Secondhand Skates), gratitude (Love Carries Me, Declan’s Song) and humility (Beautiful Fools). And for the first time in her 22-year recording career, Maria offers a cover tune: her take on Ron Hynes’ From Dublin With Love.
Alberta-based (Amiskwacîwâskahikan/Edmonton) and Scotland-born, Maria tours internationally and recently completed a successful UK tour.
A veteran of the Canadian folk scene, Maria has many accolades in addition to the 2022 Juno Award (Traditional Roots Album), including nominations for:
2022 Western Canadian Music Award (Roots), 2017 & 2001 Juno, 2017
WCMA, 2013 & 2009 CFMA. In 2016, Maria won the top Edmonton Music Prize for her album Gathering.
BBC Radio, CBC Radio, and Alberta’s CKUA Radio have featured her music.
Her songs are published in Sing Out! and Penguin Eggs magazines, Rise
Again songbook (2015), recorded by international artists including Niamh
Parsons, The Outside Track, Bob Bossin, and have been performed live by
Archie Fisher, Nathan Rogers, Andy Irvine and more.
Tickets on sale online January 5, 2023: https://festivalplace.ca/tickets/ or call the box office for more information at 780-449-3378.
Link to latest 2022 Juno winning album Joyful Banner Blazing:
Link to official video for Love Carries Me: https://youtu.be/TISr8pfUOvU
More on Joyful Banner Blazing:
Joyful Banner Blazing topped many 2021 year-end lists compiled by Folk DJs and folk music journalists: #6 on Alberta-wide CKUA Radio’s Top 100 albums; #2 on Penguin Eggs Critics’ Poll Albums of the Year 2021 (Roots Music Canada); 5 months (Jan–May 2021) on the Folk Alliance International Folk Chart, peaking at #7 in March 2021.
Living Tradition, UK (2021) “Seven albums in, and Maria Dunn here cements her reputation as a songwriter and performer of the greatest integrity…works of art that are both subtle and heartfelt.”
Edmonton Journal (2021) “Maria Dunn Joyful Banner Blazing elevates our humanism…its meditative scope full of sacrifice, familiar echoes & joy will remind you we’ll always get to the other side;
Penguin Eggs Magazine (2016) “…one of our most important and vital songwriters…”