Maria Dunn

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.

Born in Scotland, she moved as a child with her family to Ontario. She has made Edmonton, Alberta her base since the 1990s.

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.[6] 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.
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MARCD02 Maria Dunn - For A Song album art Maria Dunn For A Song (Album) Col-Me Records MARCD02 Canada 2001 Sell This Version
MARCD03 Maria Dunn - We Were Good People album art Maria Dunn We Were Good People(CD, Album) Distant Whisper Music MARCD03 Canada 2004 Sell This Version
MARCD04 Maria Dunn - The Peddler album art Maria Dunn The Peddler(CD, Album) Not On Label MARCD04 Canada 2008 Sell This Version
MARCD05 Maria Dunn - Piece By Piece album art Maria Dunn Piece By Piece(CD, Album) Distant Whisper Music MARCD05 Canada 2012 Sell This Version
MARCD06 Maria Dunn - Gathering album art Maria Dunn Gathering(CD, Album) Not On Label MARCD06 Canada 2016 Sell This Version


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October 25, 2021
A fresh and vital voice of Celtic/Canadian folk. Strong deep lyrics of a sincere social conscience. Beautiful voice. Great accompanists. Terrific songwriting. Not a bum release in her catalogue.