Canadian songwriter tours Maine beginning Sept. 29

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New England Celtic Arts in partnership with The Franco American Heritage Center will present
Multi award winning artist Dave Gunning at The Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston
on Tuesday, September 29th; at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center in South Carthage on Wednesday, September 30th; and at Lakeside Theater in Rangeley on Thursday, October 1st. There is a pre-show jam at 6:15 p.m. at FAHC and at Skye. Audience members are encouraged to bring their instruments and play for a few minutes with the artists.

Dave Gunning has been acclaimed as one of Canada’s best up-and-coming singer-songwriters. A charismatic performer, Dave is known for infusing his shows with his own brand of humorous tales and touching commentary on the everyday, bringing a new vibrance, energy and life to his heartfelt songs. Blending sensitive folk and innovative arrangements to his original and traditional songs, Gunning is rapidly building a solid audience fan base wherever he performs.

Winning and captivating audiences across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Denmark, he has performed at numerous international festivals, showcasing events, theatres, songwriter venues, house concerts and special festivities. A truly genuine, sincere and compelling singer-songwriter, Dave has been praised by international media critics, industry buyers and fans as someone who is positioned to go straight to the top.

Scoring two 2008 East Coast Music Awards for Male Artist of the Year and Folk Recording of the Year for his sixth recording, “House For Sale, Gunning has solidified his place as a respected songwriter and performer. Dave’s song, “Hard Workin’ Hands (co-written with Ron Hynes) was recently named First Place Winner in the folk category in the 2008 Indie International Songwriting Contest and was honored as a Finalist in the USA Songwriting Competition.

Dave’s previous release, “Two-Bit World,” picked up two awards for the 2005 ECMA Folk Recording of the Year and a second award from Music Nova Scotia in the same category. His song, “Prince of Pictou” (co-written with Jamie Robinson) was awarded First Place Winner in the Folk category in the 2005 International Acoustic Music Awards and received an honorable mention in the USA Songwriting Competition.

In a recent interview Dave said “We are releasing my new CD entitled, “We’re All Leaving” on September 29th. I am really excited about the project, from the new songs to the artwork. There are some polished gems and fresh up-tempo tunes on the new recording and I’m excited to be out playing them live. I hope everyone loves it as much as I enjoyed putting it together.”

General admission tickets for the Franco Center are $10.00 and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 207-689-2000, online at or at the door; and for Skye Theatre tickets at 207-562-4445. At Lakeside Theater, tickets are $10 in advance and $12.50 at the door. Advance tickets for Lakeside may be purchased at the theater, online at or by calling 864-5000.

Curtain is at 7:00 PM for all the theaters. More information is also available at

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