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Dawn Schumilas             Don Happner

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Singer-songwriter Dawn Schumilas and guitarist Don Happner weave a complex blend of folk music, jazz, classical and Latin, creating a unique blend of mood and melody.  Dawn has a gift for describing special places, memories and things of beauty in her songs and these vivid lyrics have brought her international recognition in both songwriting and poetry circles.  Don Happner brings the skills of a highly accomplished classical guitarist to the arrangements and accompaniments and occasionally co-writes.  Together this Saskatchewan duo has carved out a unique sound in the folk/roots genre. In their self-built solar-wind powered home in the Torch River parkland of northeastern Saskatchewan, Canada, Dawn and Don are deeply committed to "living green", by minimizing their impact on the planet through conservation and lifestyle choices, preserving natural habitat as private landowners and supporting eco-friendly products.