Maria Dunn’s 2021 album Joyful Banner Blazing has just been nominated for a 2022 Juno in the Traditional Roots Album of the Year category.
If you haven’t had the chance to listen or order your copy, please check it out at: Joyful Banner Blazing
Profound gratitude to these stellar musical friends for helping to create the album: Producer Shannon Johnson, musicians Solon McDade, Jeremiah McDade (of Juno award winning The McDades) and Andrew Hillhouse who helped w/ song arrangements, and to all guest musicians incl: Audrey Ochoa, Joel Gray, Jeff Bradshaw, Curtis Appleton, Dawn Cross, Debbie Houle, Dana Wylie, Byron Myhre and Campbell Wallace !
Profound gratitude to technical team: Joyful Banner Blazing was engineered and mixed by Terry Tran at The Audio Department (Edmonton), with additional engineering by Scott Franchuk at Riverdale Recorders (Edmonton) and mastered by João Carvalho, Carvalho Mastering (Toronto). Jeff Sylvester at Cut+Paste (Edmonton) designed the album artwork.
Profound gratitude to all the community members who shared their stories for several of the songs on this album, and to Alberta Labour History Institute members for inviting Maria to turn these important stories into songs!
Profound gratitude to the following funders for their support: the Edmonton Arts Council and the City of Edmonton, the Province of Alberta through Alberta Foundation for the Arts
Profound gratitude to CARAS and the jurors for listening! and to folk music DJs (especially CKUA Radio in Alberta), journalists and audiences around the world for their welcoming the music with generous airplay and interviews, mail orders and Bandcamp downloads.
Profound gratitude to Publicist Marlene D’Aoust (Free Expression) and Social Media manager Christine Bode (Bodacious Copy) and Distributor Outside Music / Believe for getting the word and the music out there!
Profound gratitude to family and friends for their support and encouragement!