Gunning CD release for latest album Up Against the Sky
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.
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.