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Steven MacDougall - Dave Gunning - Atlantic Airwaves October 13, 2012

On this Saturday's edition of Atlantic Airwaves - a feature on Steven MacDougall and his new solo release 'Cruel and Unusual' - and a feature on Dave Gunning and his new release 'No More Pennies'.
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'Cruel & Unusual' is the work of a world class songwriter. For his second solo release, Steven MacDougall draws from his vast and diverse musical vocabulary; folk, country, rhythm and blues, and rock and roll -- all influenced by his Cape Breton musical roots and world-wide travels with his band, Slowcoaster. But the songs are not the only strength of this record, it also showcases the warmth and depth of MacDougall's distinctive vocals in the most sincere of ways.
Steven MacDougall is the frontman and principal writer for the multi-award winning Cape Breton rock band, Slowcoaster. While MacDougall keeps busy recording and touring with Slowcoaster's high-energy, danceable tunes, it is by no means his only creative outlet. In 2005, MacDougall began writing with Gordie Sampson for Sampson's album, "Sunburn," netting two co-writing credits. In 2007, he began making writing trips to Nashville, co-writing for Gordie Sampson's record, "For the Few and Far Between" -- netting four co-writing credits and the start of a love affair with Music City resulting in more than 75 songs written there in the last year alone.
MacDougall has been Musical Director for the ECMA Awards Show and was a member of the three man writing team that composed the music for the 2010 Paralympic Games. MacDougall also shares his experience and talent every summer, teaching and mentoring young writers at The Gordie Sampson Songcamp. MacDougall has shared the stage with Gordie Sampson, Bruce Guthro, J.P. Cormier, Lennie Gallant, Rita MacNeil, Matt Mays, Ron Hynes and many other luminaries.
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Dave Gunning is celebrating another milestone with the release of his new recording project, 'No More Pennies' marking another chapter for one of Canada's finest songwriters. 'No More Pennies', features 12 original songs penned by Gunning and includes co-writes with George Canyon, Dave Francey, Bruce Guthro, Lennie Gallant, Jamie Robinson, Jim Dorie and Scottish songstress Karine Polwart.
A seasoned performer and entertainer, Gunning has toured extensively both solo and with his band, performing to sold-out venues, festivals, house concerts and theatres throughout Canada, the U.S., the U.K. , Ireland, Denmark and recently in Afghanistan, entertaining the troops. Engaging and charismatic, Dave's magnetic gift of captivating audiences by creating a bond through down-to-earth details, homespun humour and seasoned musicianship will be in full display as he continues to tour in support of the latest chapter of a career heading for international recognition.

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