nov 20 2016
‘Highly evocative and intriguing’ (fRoots, UK), the music of Ken Dunn offers ‘refreshing insight into human complexities’ (Festival Of Friends, Canada) with a style grounded in ‘the folk tradition, with integrity and sincerity’ (Chart, Canada). Whether mining the depths of human emotion, or pleading the case for social and environmental justice, Ken’s songs are ‘filled with the human spirit’ (CFMU Radio, Canada).
Combining an adept finger style acoustic guitar technique with ‘strong, distinctive vocals’ (R2, UK), and songwriting which is at once powerful and infused with delicate beauty, ‘Ken delivers his message directly to the soul of the listener with a style compared to that of Neil Young’ (fRoots, UK). Known for his powerful stage presence, engaging sense of humour, and delightful storytelling, Ken performs either solo, with partner Anna Green, or with his band Gypsy Starfish.
Anna Green’s beautiful vocal harmonies, acoustic guitar and keyboard work add a depth and character to this duo’s live performances which are guaranteed to lift the hearts and inspire fans of grassroots acoustic music everywhere. In addition, Ken’s sound takes on a distinctive folk rock vibe when performing with Gypsy Starfish members Tyler Beckett on fiddle, Randy Martin on bass, and Mark Mariash on drums.
A veteran Canadian folk singer-songwriter, Ken has performed at hundreds of venues over the past 30 years, across Canada, the US, and Central America, from concert halls to festivals and cafes, sharing the bill with folk and roots icons as diverse as Jerry Jeff Walker, Willie P Bennett, Valdy, Mike Beck, Roy Schneider, Pi Jacobs and Garnet Rogers. Ken’s passion for social and environmental justice is evident in the many benefit concerts he performs. Supporting charities as diverse as the Harry Chapin Food Bank, Amnesty International and literacy programs for Mexican youth, Ken continues to spread his musical message of hope, maintaining an active tour schedule.
Ken has released 6 albums featuring some of Canada’s finest studio musicians, including Dennis Pendrith (Tom Paxton), Dean Drouillard (Jill Barber), Mark Mariash (Buffy Sainte Marie), Randall Hill and Roly Platt. Ken’s previous recordings have received critical Acclaim, extensive airplay, and placement in film scores. His latest album, “The Great Unknown” has just been released to positive reviews and extensive airplay on folk and roots radio around the World. Ken is currently working on his 8th album and touring North America.