SABS 7th Birthday Salute for July 1st from Dave Gunning & J.P. Cormier

Posted: July 1, 2017

Well how about this bit of business - we're kicking off our 7th Heaven Contest with a #SABS7 salute from not one but TWO multi-award winning singer/songwriters.

From Pictou County, Nova Scotia it's J.P.Cormier and Dave Gunning!!!

Enter their names and you'll be eligible to WIN a signed copy of their brand new CD - GUNNING + CORMIER TWO as our daily prize for July 1st, 2017 and qualify for our HEAVENLY STAY grand prize draw.

Here at SEA AND BE SCENE we're big fans of those fellas - matter of fact one of our first Artist Playlist interviews was with Dave Gunning at the East Coast Music Awards back in 2010 (watch), and it was during out trip to Canso, Nova Scotia for the Stan Rogers Folk Fest back in 2011 that we first had the pleasure of seeing J.P. perform live (watch).  Over the course of the last 7 years we've loved celebrating their talents here on the site and we're grateful they've always made the time of us.  You'll find links to all their previous videos and features at the bottom of this post.

And you'll find Gunning + Cormier on the road this summer.  After performing a record release show at Stanfest last night, the duo are en route to Skinners Pond, PEI for the Stompin Tom Festival tonight - now that's a HAPPY Canada Day!  You'll find a complete list of tour dates along with the official press release for TWO below.

Dave and J.P. - thanks so much for your truly cool #SAB7 Salute and for providing a signed copy of your CD TWO for today's prize.  You guys are the sweetest and I'm very grateful to ya! SABS

A Sweet Release...

Dave Gunning + J.P. Cormier Release TWO

Multi award-winning, Nova Scotia-based singer-songwriters, Dave Gunning and J.P. Cormier will release a new album together titled TWO, on Friday, June 30, the same day as they will perform a Main Stage show at the Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Canada’s Songwriter Festival in Canso, NS.

Great friends, frequent collaborators, co-writers and touring partners, Gunning + Cormier have been talking about making an album together since the day they met. The album is called TWO because that's what it is, just the two of them.

"We wanted to keep it simple and honest so we essentially made a four-track recording, just two guitars and two vocals. Limiting ourselves this way actually helped inspire the arrangements and the performances. It forced us to dig a little deeper," said Gunning.

“A lot of artists like us feel compelled to put these massive productions together, and we said we're not going to do that,” added Cormier. “We're going to make this record be that large with only two instruments and two voices. And we did that."

TWO is made up of everything the duo excels at. There are new collaborations between the two writers (Brothers, Home To Mary), new arrangements of antique folk numbers (Johnny Armstrong, Katie o' the Gowrie), and some tasty, surprising covers (Never Picked Cotton, Stompin' Tom's Songbird Valley).

Every song had to meet their very high, combined standards. "We didn't take it lightly," confirmed Gunning. "We really put our heart into it.”

Gunning + Cormier go back 23 years, when Gunning had a fiddle player drop out of a show at the last minute. "He hired me for a gig when I was just back from Nashville, nobody knew me here," said Cormier.

"We were totally blown away by J.P.’s playing,” recalled Gunning. "I remember him saying if you ever do a CD, I want to play on it." That happened, and much more. They played together and wrote together whenever they could, coming up with songs that graced both their projects, over the years showered with awards and nominations on the East Coast and nationally.

Since they've been two of the busiest solo musicians in the country these past two decades, it has been impossible to schedule time to make a full album and properly tour it. But that all changed three years ago when Cormier moved just down the road from Gunning in Nova Scotia's Pictou County, and the pair were able to meet often at Gunning's home studio.

First, they picked some great songs. Then they figured out their guitar parts, and when ready recorded the guitars ‘live-off-the-floor’ simultaneously. Then they recorded their vocals together. This recording technique gave them what they'd hoped for, something unlike their solo albums: The power of TWO.

In addition to the Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Gunning + Cormier will perform nationally this summer and fall. Dates include:

June 30       Canso, NS - Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Main Stage

July 1          Skinners Pond, PEI - Stompin Tom Festival, Stompin Tom Centre

July 14-16   Kempt Shore, NS - Acoustic Maritime Music Festival

July 28         Fredericton, NB - Highland Games, Government House

August 12    Kingsville, ON - Kingsville Folk Festival, Lakeside Park

August 13    Kingsville, ON - Kingsville Folk Festival, Lakeside Park

Sept. 2          Louisbourg, NS - Louisbourg Playhouse

Sept. 30        Edmonton, AB - Northern Lights Folk Club, Parkview Community Hall

October 1     Athabasca, AB - Nancy Appleby Theatre

October 3     Rocky Mountain House, AB - Grandview Stage

October 4      Grande Prairie, AB - Second Street Theatre

October 7      Calgary, AB - Bow Valley Music Club, Strathcona Community Centre

October 20     Fort Saskatchewan, AB - Alberta Showcase 2017

Individually, Gunning and Cormier will also perform several solo shows throughout the summer and fall.

While you're here check out these previously posted videos and features on Dave Gunning - DAVE GUNNING To Perform at Boston Tree-Lighting  DAVE GUNNING Atlantic Canadian LIFT Tour SABStv Songwriters Special, Dave Gunning & Allie Bennett Backstage @ 2011 ECMAs

While you're here check out these previously posted videos and features on J.P. Cormier - New Album New School, Sights and Sounds of Stanfest 2011, Performing with Lacey Morrell


Dave Gunning: Facebook and Twitter

J.P. Cormer: Facebook and Twitter

For more information on Gunning + Cormier, visit: Gunning + Cormier EPK and

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