His latest album Up Against the Sky was nominated for four Canadian Folk Music Awards 2020, emphasising his position as one of Canada’s finest songwriters. Dave Gunning comes from Pictou County in Novo Scotia, and this is the backdrop for Up Against the Sky. Gunning’s concerns include a papir mill polluting coastal fisheries which the local Pictou Landing First Nation people depend on for their livelihood. Dave Gunning’s inspiration comes from folk singers like Pete Seeger and Stan Rogers and local hero John Allen Cameron, the subject of Gunning’s A Tribute to John Allen Cameron record from 2010. Gunning excels at both protest songs and more melancholy ballads, and his love of new country music and old legends like Stompin’ Tom Conner cannot be denied. In 2017 Dave Gunning made Two with J.P. Cormier, a previous Tønder Festival guest musician. On this record, the two musicians apply themselves to more traditional folk material. Dave Gunning performs solo at Tønder Festival, his only Danish festival concert in 2022.