Dennis Brunton was born in Ottawa Ontario. After moving from one town to the next in an airforce family, He ended up in Summerside P.E.I. There, he would start his musical career. At thirteen he started playing at local dances as a singing drummer. Shortly after that he started to play and write songs on the acoustic guitar. Although he would go back and forth from the drums and the guitar, by the time he was in his mid twenties he was a full-time guitar player singing lead in groups that he'd front. The trips to Toronto to record his songs started in his late teens. After touring Ontario in a band called 'August' he would return to the Island and form Sailor. The band would tour the Maritimes including Newfoundland. Upon returning from a tour he decided that it was time to go west. In 1976 he arrived in Vancouver. Checking things out and looking into the possibility of getting work as a dog trainer, maybe he could play a bit and get to know some local musicians. He started training and working as a dog trainer.
see: (www.bruntoncaninetrainingservices.ca) for Dennis's dog training activities.
In 1978 Sailor reformed picking up Sherman Doucette a singer / harmonica player who added a bluesy feel to the music. In the summer of 1979 Dennis talked CFOX into playing his song 'We've Got the Summer.' This would be one of the first Indy song releases in Canada on a major radio station without being signed to a major label. The song ended up in the 'High cycle' for airplay with the Stones, the Beatles and Elton John. In its various forms Sailor was a band comprised of strong singers and great players. The group was never signed by a major label. The group disbanded a few years after that summer run of airplay and its place in history recorded.
Living in Vancouver, Dennis would play mostly as a solo artist getting work where he could. Restaurants and pubs were the common venues. He wrote 'We Can Make it Children' for a performance on the Variety Club's Show of Hearts T.V. Telethon, broadcasted from Queen Elizabeth Theatre. The song appears on the 'Tell My Lady' C.D. available on Google Play, YouTube Music, iTunes, Amazon Music and Spotify.
In 2000 he would move back to PEI and would live in the Hunter River area for two years. Needing venues and new inspiration he headed for Ottawa where he was born and had not been, since he was five years old. Joining up with Dave DesRoches they would work as a duo in the greater Ottawa area till 2012, when Dave's son Mitchell would take over on the bass guitar. Dennis and Mitchell perform together in Ram Tiger.
For information on Ram Tiger, see: www.ramtiger.com
Site has information on where to buy and listen to songs from C.D. 'Danger...Life Ahead.' Story on band and dates are on site.