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Empress Theatre welcomes folk artist Maria Dunn

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Juno Award nominee Maria Dunn performs at the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m.

Two-time Juno nominee Maria Dunn is bringing her lyrically-rich folk tunes to the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Dunn’s performance is the latest in the Center Stage Series arranged by the Empress Theatre Society.
Dunn’s music is traditional folk mixed with Celtic, bluegrass and country roots melodies.
In the spirit of folk greats Woody Guthrie and Buffy Sainte-Marie, Dunn’s songs weave together stories about the struggles and joys of being human.
Classically trained in piano as a child, Dunn spent 13 years as a volunteer DJ in a campus/community radio station where she was immersed in the sounds of folk and roots songwriters, singers and instrumentalists.
Dunn began penning her own music in the mid 1990s, often focusing on issues of social justice, community, and the resilience and grace of ordinary people.
Dunn has released six albums, including her most recent effort, Gathering, which was nominated for a Juno, won the Edmonton Music Prize and was named one of CKUA Radio’s Essential Albums of 2016.
Her previous independent albums include: Piece By Piece, which was a 2013 nominee for a Canadian Folk Music Award, The Peddler, nominated in 2009 for a Canadian Folk Music Award, 2004’s We Were Good People, For A Song, nominated for a Juno Award, and From Where I Stand, nominated for a 1999 Prairie Music Award.
Now based in Edmonton, Dunn was born in Scotland. The sounds of her birthplace are often reflected in her powerful songs, while others contain influences from Africa, Asia and Canada’s First Nations.
Dunn will be joined on stage at the Empress by fiddler Shannon Johnson and multi-instrumentalist Jeremiah McDade, both from the Juno Award-winning band, The McDades.
The final Center Stage concert features country singer Lindi Ortega on March 17.
For more information, contact the Empress Theatre at 403-553-4404 or info@macleodempress.com.

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