Building Younger Audiences
Dave Dunlop - guitar
Dunlop has been a pro guitarist, songwriter, singer, and educator for the past 25 years. Currently, Dave balances his studio work with his touring life as a member of the award-winning Strung-Out Troubadours, the Rik Emmett Band, the Alan Frew Trio, and Jeans ’n Classics.
Dave has been an integral member of the Jeans ’n Classics band since 2005, winning rave reviews for his handiwork in many shows, including the music of Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Jeff Beck, and Eric Clapton, among others.
Dave was lead guitarist and writer in rock band The Full Nine, signed to Disney’s Mammoth Records in 2001. They had chart success with the single, Not Over. He’s also been a faculty member at the National Summer Guitar Workshop, and has had sideman stints with Bo Diddley, Mike Reno (Loverboy), Ron Sexsmith, and many others. In 2008 Dave joined the re-formed Hall of Fame act Triumph, supporting the original line-up of Rik Emmett, Gil Moore and Mike Levine.
Dave established the Room 9 studio in his Toronto home in 2005, where he has been busy recording and producing projects non-stop ever since. Of late he has had up-and-comer Lyric Dubee, and Canadian east coast legend Ron Hynes in for sessions. The studio has since drawn him into the jingle world, with the writing of the music for an U.S. Budweiser radio campaign.
Dave’s long-standing working relationship with Rik Emmett of Triumph culminated in their duo project, Strung-Out Troubadours in 2006, with Dave co-writing, recording, co-producing, mixing and performing on the project, all in his Room 9 studio. The strength of the duo’s chemistry snared them the Album of the Year and Best Group/Duo prizes at the 2007 Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards, where they were the most heavily nominated act. Both of the “Troubs” were also up for Best Guitarist.
Dave continues to produce and write with artists of all genres, playing gigs all over North America.
Dave endorses Gibson guitars, Dean guitars, Godin guitars, and Traynor amplifiers.