Pictou County singer/songwriter, Dave Gunning brings his audience acclaimed “Tribute to John Allan Cameron” to the Boisdale Fire Hall On Saturday, July 30, at 9 pm.
Opening for Gunning will be Will’s Addiction (starting at 7:45 pm), the popular roots/traditional duo of Tom Mills and Phillip Williams.
For the 2010 CD that inspired the live performance series, Gunning taught himself to pick fiddle and bagpipe tunes on the 12 string guitar just as Cameron did when he burst onto the folk music scene in the 1960’s.
Cameron, who was both a friend and mentor to Gunning, died in 2006 and was lauded as “the Godfather of Canadian Celtic Music”.
On his website, Gunning says about Cameron, “He was such a supporter of young artists and singer songwriters and always featured me in the middle of his shows. I loved working with him both on and off stage. He was a good friend.”
Gunning is an accomplished musical artist too. He has earned multiple East Coast Music Award nominations and the 2005 Folk Recording of the Year for his release, Two Bit World. He was also a Finalist in the Great American Song Contest and International Songwriting Competition (for his song, “Before The Morning Sun”, co- written with James Keelaghan).
Tickets for this event are $20.00 advance/ $23.00 door for those 19 years and older. Tickets are available at Beaver Cove Take (871-2180), or The Cape Breton Curiosity Shop, 296 Charlotte Street, Sydney, 564-4660.
It will be a busy weekend in Boisdale; on the evening following Gunning’s concert, Sunday, July 31, the Fire Hall hosts a square dance featuring Glenn Graham, Kinnon Beaton, Betty Lou Beaton, and Jackie Dunn MacIsaac. This event is for those 19 and older and admission is $10 per person.