Dan McKinnon (CAN): Thoughtful story songs and lilting melodies

Date/Time Sun 06 Oct 2019 7:45 PM

Price Online - £10 + £1 booking fee; On The Door - £10

Website: https://danmckinnon.ca/

Dan McKinnon was introduced to the music of Stan Rogers while hitching a ride to a folk festival in Canada in 1979. That brief encounter would never leave him. 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.

Thirty years of performing and six recordings later – from the coffee houses, 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 Canadian home.