Gun­ning CD re­lease for lat­est al­bum Up Against the Sky

Truro Daily News - - ENTERTAINM­ENT -

PIC­TOU, N.S. – Dave Gun­ning of­ten de­rives in­spi­ra­tion for his songs from the re­gion where he grew up, Pic­tou County. His mu­si­cal ca­reer has spanned 23 years in which he’s recorded 11 al­bums.

He has re­cently re­leased his 12th al­bum, Up Against the Sky, where he has used his sharp­ened his skills as a po­etic sto­ry­teller and has con­trib­uted the bulk of the in­stru­men­ta­tion.

Gun­ning will be do­ing a CD re­lease in his home­town at Pic­tou’s de­coste Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre on Friday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. He’s also at Truro’s Marigold Cul­tural Cen­tre this evening (Thurs­day) at 7:30 p.m.

JP Cormier was the one who pushed Gun­ning into cre­at­ing this lat­est com­pi­la­tion us­ing most of his own in­stru­men­ta­tion. He was im­pressed af­ter hear­ing what Gun­ning had cre­ated with the song Cir­cle of Boots which he co-wrote with Tom Swift. The song was in­spired by fel­low friend and mu­si­cian Ge­orge Canyon af­ter tour­ing with him and notic­ing, as Ge­orge would gather ev­ery­one to­gether in a cir­cle just be­fore the show to say a prayer, a “cir­cle of boots.” Canyon, who en­joys pho­tog­ra­phy, took the cover photo for the new al­bum. The ti­tle came from one of the lyrics of the songs on the al­bum, Horse for Sale.

Gun­ning feels it con­veys a lot about the songs con­tained on the al­bum, cap­tur­ing the op­ti­mism and ad­ver­sity con­tained in the al­bum’s songs. Hav­ing recorded it in his own one-room stu­dio, with­out a lot of edit­ing or fine tun­ing, there is a sense of in­ti­macy to the mu­sic with those sub­tle im­per­fec­tions that Gun­ning be­lieves could be a great thing.

The CD re­lease at the de­coste cen­tre is Friday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Tick­ets are $35 or $32 for mem­bers and can be ob­tained by con­tact­ing the de­coste Box Of­fice be­tween 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For tick­ets to the Marigold pre­sen­ta­tion, go to tick­et­pro.ca or visit the box of­fice.

GE­ORGE CANYON PHOTO

Dave Gun­ning’s lat­est CD is Up Against the Sky and he will be per­form­ing in Pic­tou this Friday evening, and is in Truro tonight.

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