'Dan McKinon was fantastic on Monday, best we have ever seen him,'
- Tudor Folk, Chesham, November 2012
"Undoubtedly the hit of Cleckheaton Festival this year... "
"One hell of a treat to see. He's a great singer, great songwriter, and
a great performer." - Mick Peat, BBC Radio Derby
Though he can trace his family back to the Skye McKinnons, only a few generations removed from Scotland, Dan himself hails from Halifax, Nova Scotia, in the Canadian Maritimes, an
area rich in the musical and cultural traditions of the North Atlantic. His warm
baritone voice, superb guitar arrangements and original compositions have won
him widespread praise. Dan's thoughtful compositions and
smooth melodies cover the entire folk spectrum, with themes traditional,
historical, contemporary and universal.
A gentle unassuming man - one of nature's gentlemen, in fact - who travels around the UK by train and bus with a backpack and a guitar on his (now) regular tours from Canada. Dan has tremendous stage charisma and engages an audience - both hearts and minds. He's equally happy on a large festival stage or a small folk club, telling stories in song. And what stories... tales of the British war brides of Canadian servicemen in the 1940s... the story of how Canadian merchant navy sailors eventually got the recognition they deserved for their war service - sixty years late... tales of his own grandfather and learning about Aesop's fables as a child... the true tale of a bride who wanted the best wedding dress and lost her beau by chasing her dream...
In addition to his many solo performances and recordings, Dan has performed with Symphony Nova Scotia and toured Atlantic Canada and Ireland as part of an International Theatre Festival show about the life and times of Stan Rogers.
"A super man and a fantastic performer with first-rate songs. We book him for Alcester and Arden Festival whenever he's in the UK at the right time of year." - Dave James, Festival Director
"Although not his first CD, Fields of Dreams and Glory is my first encounter with this incredible artist. Hearing Dan McKinnon for the first time reminds me of the first time I heard Stan Rogers or James Keelaghan.” - Rich Warren, Sing Out Magazine, USA
In addition to his own repertoire of well crafted, intelligent songs, Dan also has a complete repertoire of Stan Rogers songs, so in addition to Dan Sings Dan - if you are booking him for your festival you can also have Dan Sings Stan as a completely separate one-man-show lasting up to two hours. Not only Stan Rogers' songs, but snippets about the the life and times of Canada's best loved folk songwriter, who died at the tragically early age of 33. This is Dan's version of Mary Ellen Carter.
Dan is picking up an enormous amount of airplay from all over the world for tracks from his CD, 'Fields of Dreams and Glory' and he's received nominations for two
MIANS Awards: Folk/Roots
Recording of the Year & Male Artist Recording of the Year! People keep giving him other awards, too: As far back as 1998 he was given the AMTEC Award of Merit in the audio category for the album Between Wind and Water and he was the Nova scotia winner in the tenth and final CBC Atlantic Song Contest for the song, "Lakes of Bras d'Or."
With half a dozen TV and video credits, hundreds of airplays, six CDs to his credit - the sixth. Just Another Day, produced by Paul Mills, Stan Rogers producer, Dan is well established in his native Canada and is rapidly gaining an enthusiastc fan base in the UK and airplay across the world.
Upcoming UK tour: January-February 2014 - booking now
Fri 17 Jan 2014
Bodmin FC, Syd's Bar 11, Omaha Road, Bodmin, PL31 1ES
Sat 18 Jan 2014
Shammick Abroad - The George Hotel, 1 Broad Street, South Molton,
North Devon, EX36 3AB
Wed 22 Jan 2014
Llantrisant - The Windsor, Llantrisant Rd, Pontyclun, CF72 9DQ
Thu 23 Jan 2014
Uxbridge FC - Uxbridge RNA, 388a Long Lane, Hillingdon, Middlesex
Sun 26 Jan 2014
Horsham FC - The Normandy Centre in Denne Road, Horsham, RH12 1JF
Wed 29 Jan 2014
Dorking FC - Friends Provident Social Club, Pixham Lane, Dorking, RH4
Thu 30 Jan 2014
York Black Swan - Black Swan, Peaseholme Green, York, YO1 7PR
Fri 31 Jan 2014
Guisbrough FC - Cricket Club, Rectory Lane, Guisborough, TS14 70J
Sat 1 Feb 2014
Craigie FC - Craigie Village Hall, Craigie Village, by Kilmarnock
Wed 5 Feb 2014
Spalding Folk Club - The South Holland Centre Bar, Market Place, PE11