Dave Gunning - King George V's Army

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King George V's Army is also known as Kitchener's Army. This track was taken from Dave Gunning's 2010 recording "A Tribute to John Allan Cameron" that won two Canadian Folk Music Awards, an East Coast Music Award and was nominated for a JUNO Award. John Allan Cameron was a pioneer in developing this style of tune playing on a 12-string guitar using all down strokes with a thumb pick. In 1970 he walked out onstage at the Grand Olde Opry wearing his kilt and played a set of bagpipe tunes on the 12-string guitar. The Nashville audience gave him a two minute standing ovation for his performance. The story follows that senior Opry member, Roy Acuff approached him afterwards saying, "Son, I don't know what it was that you just did out on that stage tonight but keep doing it." And he did. John Allan travelled all of the globe performing at International festivals and concert halls. He released several recordings and hosted his own TV series on CTV from 1975-76 and on CBC from 1979-81. The show featuring many other artists and the unique style of music that had mostly only existed in the kitchens of the East Coast up until that time.

For more music by Dave Gunning, please visit www.davegunning.com


from Pickers for Grinners vol. 1, released November 12, 2015

Ian MacKinnon - Highland Pipes
Dave Gunning - 12 String Guitar and Bass



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