A true preserver of the spirit of folk music, twice Juno-nominated storyteller-through-song Maria Dunn (http://www.mariadunn.com) 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)
Artiste, Chanteur/Chanteuse, Directeur de Tournée, Musicien(ne) en Tournée
Artiste, Instrumentaliste, Interprète, Chanteur/Chanteuse, Musicienne de Studio, Musicien(ne) en Tournée
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