Maria Dunn
Maria Dunn
Edmonton Alberta

A true preserver of the spirit of folk music, twice Juno-nominated storyteller-through-song Maria Dunn ( is often compared to Woody Guthrie for her keen social awareness and unvarnished melodic songs about ordinary people. Her seventh album Joyful Banner Blazing (2021) soared at #1 on Alberta's CKUA Radio charts for 4 weeks on release and celebrates resilience, grace, gratitude, solidarity, joy and the love that fires our actions to make the world a better place. Produced by Shannon Johnson (of Juno-winning band The McDades).

Edmonton-based, Maria tours internationally. Accolades for her songwriting include publication in Sing Out! and Penguin Eggs magazines and the Rise Again songbook (2015). Other artists have recorded (Niamh Parsons, Bob Bossin) or performed (Archie Fisher, Andy Irvine, Nathan Rogers) her songs.

Maria Dunn's Joyful Banner Blazing elevates our humanism — Fish Griwkowsky, Edmonton Journal (Jan 2021)

Work Experience

L'expérience professionnelle

Maria Dunn - Artist, 1997-present, Songwriter / Lead performer
Studio musician (freelance), 2000 - present, Accordion, harmony, duet vocals
Researcher, 2003 - present, Alberta Labour History Institute / Ground Zero Productions
Songwriting Instructor (freelance), 2003 - present, incl. Youthwrite Camp / Workers Health Centre / Labour History Course
Laura Vinson and Free Spirit, 1999-2013, Side Musician: Accordion, guitar, harmony vocals, lead vocals
Campus/Community Radio, 1987-2000, Programmer / announcer (Volunteer) weekly 2-hour radio show
Song Commissions, 2001 - present, incl Writers Fete (QC), Public Interest Alberta, Alberta Labour History Institute, Friends of Medicare
Women of Folkways - Annual Concert Edmonton, 2011 - 2016, Host, Coordinator, Collaborator

Industry Skills

Compétences de l'industrie

Live Artiste, Chanteur/Chanteuse, Directeur de Tournée, Musicien(ne) en Tournée
Musicienne Artiste, Instrumentaliste, Interprète, Chanteur/Chanteuse, Musicienne de Studio, Musicien(ne) en Tournée
  • Accordéon
  • Guitare
  • Chanteur
Composition Co-Auteur/Compositeur, Auteur, Auteur Compositeur