Scott Dunbar One Man Band

Scott Dunbar One Man Band

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With a rusty chain wrapped around his leg and smashing out a beat on a suitcase kickdrum, this streetcorner musician can upstage an amplified band, without a microphone. The voice and songs are authentic, earned, and undeniably strong.

Biography

From the land of smokestacks and pickup trucks, Scott has been learning bit by bit to master his mutant abilities for the betterment of mankind.

A multi-instrumentalist, Scott sings on the streetcorners and markets (as well as venues) of Montréal to earn his keep. Rarely a day goes by that passers by don't stop to buy one of his self-produced albums - his 2008 debut "An Awful Racket" and 2009's "GET ANGRY ABOUT IT". Producers and bar-owners often stop, too...

Since his debut release, scarcely two years ago, Scott has played mainstage performances at the acclaimed Artswells and Robson Valley Music Festivals in BC and has appeared on most of the Montréal music scene's stages - steadily building a fearsome reputation.

Playing an all-acoustic, rhythmically driving, blues-oriented style, with diverse and culturally relevant content - Scott's music appeals to an unusually broad audience, and his live performances are often mesmerizing. Accompanying his unique and powerful voice on parlour guitar, accordion or a miniature banjo - Scott at the same time bangs out infectious drumbeats to his songs: the kickdrum sound coming from a rather special old suitcase with a drum pedal attached, the snare (and hihat) from a chain wrapped around his leg crashing against an old broiler pan. The resulting syncopated and elaborate yet masterfully straightforward result is amazingly complete, and a sound entirely its own.

From his first gigs at the Urban Coffeehouse in Prince George circa '94, writing and performing have been second nature to this spiritual-hitchiking wanderer. Once a star student, a mill-worker, a cook, a videostore clerk, a treeplanter, a security guard, a substitute teacher, a schoolbus driver, a shaman/nurse-in-training, a mental health care-worker...Scott finally found himself with a guitar in his hand and a message to deliver.

Hosting a popular open mic at Pizzarico's in Prince George in 2008, friends and audience members began telling him he had to take his show on the road. The encouragement confirmed the impulse Scott had always felt to address himself to the broader world...

In April of 2009 Scott was filmed performing a version of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" outside the Mont-Royal metro station that has gone viral on Youtube - earning to date upwards of 800,000 hits. If anything could be a better indication of things to come...

Discography

"An Awful Racket" August 2008
"GET ANGRY ABOUT IT" July 2009
"Two Years to Live" August 2010