Dave Penny has established himself as a Newfoundland and Labrador comic
songwriter/storyteller, which over the past 25 years has brought him around the
province as well as parts of Ontario, PEI and New England. He chronicles current
events, or makes up stories loosely based on personal experiences or news article
using his unique brand of clever satire.
Whether the issue is localized to Newfoundland and Labrador, such as a state of
emergency following a record snowfall, or a more global issue such as the COVID-19
pandemic, Dave ties them with humourous narrative and catchy melodies. His 2017
release, All Turned Around, was nominated for a MusicNL and a Canadian Folk Music
award for Traditional Artist of the Year. In October 2020, Dave released Chip Wagon
Ahead, another album of original songs, which has been nominated for a MusicNL
award for Celtic/Traditional Artist of the Year.
For the last three years he has teamed up with veteran multi-instrumentalist Daunt Lee,
whose intricate guitar arrangements and mandolin accompaniment add to the uplifting
spirit of Dave’s comical songs and driving accordion.