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Dave McCann at the Gallery
Saturday 14 December 2019, 07:00pm
Gallery House Concerts Society, Calgary
Get into the music!
Hand-Built Songs Straight from the wind-torn hills of the great Northern Plains
“Steve Earle, Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt forced me to abandon my early fascination with Iron Maiden and AC/DC and metal,” laughs Dave McCann whose music has “never been folky enough to be considered folk…never been rock enough to be considered rock, and…not country enough to be country.”
If you’ve never heard of Dave McCann, you’re probably not alone. He should be famous but he's never been “fuelled by fame or the rad stage veneer so essential to catching light in the superficial cloud of today's music world”. He’s pushed it all aside to work on songs, well-honed songs.
Raised in Peterborough, ON, singer-songwriter Dave rolled west in the 1990’s and founded ‘Dave McCann and the Ten Toed Frogs’ releasing a string of critically acclaimed projects: “Woodland Tea”, “Country Medicine”, and “Shoot the Horse” (a live capture at the historic Sidetrack Cafe, one of Alberta’s fondest and long gone venues). In 2009, he followed the road south to East Nashville to record with Lij Shaw and Americana guitar icon and producer Will Kimbrough (Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Mavis Staples, Todd Snider). The resulting work “Dixiebluebird” brought a name change and was an inspiring benchmark release for ‘Dave McCann and the Firehearts’. He moved to Lethbridge, got married, and is raising a family. He there conspired with fellow Southern Albertan Leeroy Stagger at his Rebeltone Ranch to build the “Circle of Light” release. Dave McCann has locked himself firmly into hearts and minds of Alberta as one of the best singer-songwriters working in contemporary roots music with hand-built songs straight from the wind-torn hills of the great Northern Plains.
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