David Gunning has a knack for finding songs in interesting places, be it tucked-away memories, everyday life, or gems from local storytelling traditions. Ever since his 1997 debut album Lost Tracks, The Pictou County rock/country musician has been working away at his touring and tunesmithing, earning no shortage of praise and accolades along the way.
Still basking in the afterglow of the critical acclaim for his recent album We’re All Leaving, Gunning spent the summer working on a John Allan Cameron tribute album. Cameron, who passed away in 2006, helped popularize Celtic music in Canada with his guitar arrangements of traditional pipe and fiddle tunes. Gunning’s song “Big Shoes” recalls the childhood experience of seeing Cameron perform, while in later years he had the opportunity to tour with some big celtic and folks acts including Cameron himself.
After a performance at the Louisbourg Playhouse on August 28, Gunning will embark on his John Allan Cameron tribute tour that will take him across Canada. The tour’s Cape Breton gigs include the Inverness County Centre for the Arts on September 24, Port Hawkesbury’s Shannon Studio on August 25, and the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre on October 1.
For the August 28 Louisbourg Playhouse performance, showtime is 8:00pm. Tickets are $20 assigned seating, and can be purchased in advance through the box office at (902) 733-2996 or at the door.