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Dave Gunning

Dave Gunning

Dave Gunning

Bronte Centre, Rathfriland, Tonight, 9pm

There is a ‘Canadian invasion’ at the Bronte Music Club tonight with performances by four of the country’s top singer-songwriters — Ron Hynes, Dave Gunning, Rose Cousins and Catherine MacLellan.

One of the undoubted highlights will be the storytelling abilities of Gunning, which have resulted in many awards and rousing welcomes from crowds. Fellow performer Hynes has even hailed him as “one of the rising stars in Canadian roots music”.

And, with a songwriting career that spans more than 30 years, Hynes ought to know — he is a six-time East Coast Music Award winner, a Genie Award winner and a past Juno and Canadian Folk Music Awards nominee.

Frequently referred to as the ‘man of a thousand songs’, Hynes’ music has been covered by the likes of Emmylou Harris, Christy Moore, Mary Black, Denny Doherty and even classical soprano Hayley Westenra.

Although best-known for his folk classic Sonny’s Dream, Hynes has recorded many songs and last year marked the release of his eighth solo album, Stealing Genius, which followed the world premiere of The Man Of A Thousand Songs, a feature-length documentary in which he is both subject and star.

Meanwhile, the intimate vocals and warm guitar of Rose Cousins convey a passionate honesty with songs that explore love and loss, longing and loneliness, while Catherine MacLellan, with her poetic lyrics, has become one of the most celebrated new singer-songwriters in Canada.

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Tickets, £18, are available from Banbridge Tourist Information Office, tel: 028 4062 3322 or email tic@banbridge.gov.uk.

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