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Dan McKinnon at Edinburgh Folk Club

Johnny J 13 Oct 11 - 11:47 AM
Girl Friday 13 Oct 11 - 02:59 PM
GUEST,old git 13 Oct 11 - 03:43 PM
Johnny J 14 Oct 11 - 04:20 AM
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Subject: Dan McKinnon at Edinburgh Folk Club
From: Johnny J
Date: 13 Oct 11 - 11:47 AM

Wednesday 19th October

Our next gig features Dan McKinnon.
In a nutshell, he is one of the finest voices to be heard from Canada these days and if you were a fan of the great, late Stan Rogers then you'll not go wrong next Wednesday.

"While hitching a ride to a folk festival in 1979, Dan was introduced to Stan Rogers' music. That brief encounter would never leave him. And, although it wasn't until several years later when in the midst of his history degree that Dan would finally marry his own natural storytelling voice and love of music, it was hearing Stan sing for the first time that remains his largest influence.

Many Atlantic Canadian's first introduction to Dan and his music would have occurred while walking through the Halifax Farmer's Market where, almost every Saturday morning for thirteen years he busked for any and all who would stop and listen. However, it was his first venture with veteran music producer, Paul Mills, that his fifth recording, "Fields of Dreams and Glory", would introduce his music to the world stage. This CD amassed an amazing 74 consecutive weeks of international airplay – from folk radio shows and stations throughout Canada and continental USA, to Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Holland, the UK, Ireland, and Israel. The album also generated extremely favourable reviews in several Folk Music trade magazines such as: Sing Out! – "Although not his first CD, 'Fields of Dreams and Glory' is my first encounter with this incredible artist." – Rich Warren, Spring 2006; Penguin Eggs - "Dan McKinnon puts so much heart and soul into his music that listening to him, be it live or on CD, is a healing experience." - Mary Beth Carty, Summer 2006; and Celtic Heritage - "Whether singing about a life experience or an historical event, his knack for storytelling puts the listener in the moment." - John Ferguson, July/August 2005.

Thirty years of performing and six recordings later - from the coffeehouses, pubs, and bars of his early beginnings in Atlantic Canada, Dan, "blessed with a gorgeous baritone voice, and an exceptional command of phrasing, light and shade" (David Kidman, The Living Tradition, September/October 2006), continues to convey his "finely crafted songs" to audiences through his yearly tours in the UK and performances in and around the Canadian Maritimes. Recent forays into Ontario, the US, as well as a tour of Southeastern Australia in 2007 have only furthered to cement Dan's commitment and passion to the songs and stories of his Atlantic Canadian home.

"If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive."
~ Barry Lopez, in Crow and Weasel

Venue: Pleasance Cabaret Bar at 20.00

£9, £7(concession), £6

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Subject: RE: Dan McKinnon at Edinburgh Folk Club
From: Girl Friday
Date: 13 Oct 11 - 02:59 PM

I have booked Dan for Orpington Friday Folk - 4th November. Sounds as though he's going to be popular with our regulars !

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Subject: RE: Dan McKinnon at Edinburgh Folk Club
From: GUEST,old git
Date: 13 Oct 11 - 03:43 PM

Don't miss Dan if you can get to see him.All the above comments are true ..and more. He's also a really nice bloke
geoff t

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Subject: RE: Dan McKinnon at Edinburgh Folk Club
From: Johnny J
Date: 14 Oct 11 - 04:20 AM

We've had Dan at the club before and he really is a fine performer.
Unfortunately, not enough people know about him yet but I'm nobody will be disappointed.

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