Skye Theatre in partnership with the Kingfield Pops will present Juno Award-nominee Dave Gunning in concert Thursday, June 21 at the Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St. Audience members are encouraged to bring their instruments and participate in an open jam session before the show; the jam will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the concert at 7:30 p.m.

Gunning broke upon the East Coast music scene in Canada back in 1997. The Pictou County, Nova Scotia-born and -bred songwriter and working class hero has built up from humble beginnings to a point where his name is regularly included in conversation with artists such as Bruce Cockburn and Gordon Lightfoot. Writing from a sonic menu that includes flavors of Irish, Scottish, French Acadian, folk and country musical styles, Gunning transcends genre with songs that fill the senses and touch the soul.

Gunning has nine critically acclaimed CDs to his credit. His latest award-winning recording project, “… a tribute to John Allan Cameron,” received a 2012 Juno Award nomination for Roots & Traditional Solo Album of the Year. This month he releases his new studio recording, “These Hands,” which is sure to benchmark another chapter for one of Canada’s finest songwriters.

Tickets are $15, available at the door or by calling 948-7469; reservations are strongly suggested. Next up is traditional Irish music band Comas Thursday, June 28 at 7:30 p.m. ($15). Built from a 100-year-old barn with attached farmhouse, the Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts is a vibrant cultural and arts center that offers an eclectic mix of music, films, art, lectures and other various events. For more information, visit

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