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Bruce Cockburn

Singer-songwriter, guitarist

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Small Source of Comfort is Bruce Cockburn's latest adventurous collection of songs of romance, protest and spiritual discovery. The album, primarily acoustic yet rhythmically savvy, is rich in Cockburn’s characteristic blend of folk, blues, jazz and rock. As usual, many of the new compositions come from his travels and spending time in far-flung places, from San Francisco to Brooklyn to the Canadian Forces base in Kandahar, Afghanistan, jotting down his typically detailed observations about the human experience.

“Each One Lost” and “Comets of Kandahar,” one of five instrumentals on the album, stem from a trip Cockburn made to war-torn Afghanistan in 2009. The elegiac “Each One Lost” was written after Cockburn witnessed a ceremony honouring two young Canadian Forces soldiers who had been killed that day and whose coffins were being flown back to Canada. In contrast, one light-hearted number reflects Cockburn’s frequently underappreciated sense of humour. “Called Me Back” is a comic reflection on the frustrations of waiting for a return phone call that never comes. Meanwhile, listeners are bound to be intrigued by “Call Me Rose,” written from the point of view of disgraced former U.S. president Richard Nixon, who receives a chance at redemption after being reincarnated as a single mother living in a housing project with two children.

As a songwriter, Cockburn is revered by fans and musicians alike. His songs have been covered by such diverse artists as Elbow, Jimmy Buffett, Judy Collins, The Skydiggers, Anne Murray, Third World, Chet Atkins, k.d. lang, Barenaked Ladies, Maria Muldaur and The Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia. As a guitarist, he's considered among the world’s best.

Over a career that spans 35 years, the Ottawa-born Cockburn has recorded 31 albums, while earning respect for his charitable and activist work. He's won 13 Juno Awards, and has been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. He was also made an Officer of the Order of Canada and has been the recipient of honorary degrees in Letters and Music from several North American Universities, including the prestigious Berklee School of Music and Toronto’s York University. His many other honours have included the Tenco Award for Lifetime Achievement in Italy, a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award and 20 gold and platinum albums in Canada.

Performances/news this month
March 24 - Kelowna, Community Theatre
March 25 - Vancouver, Chan Centre
March 27 - Nanaimo, Port Theatre
March 30 - Calgary, Jubilee Theatre
March 31 - Banff, Eric Harvie Theatre
April 1 - Edmonton, Winspear Theatre
April 2 - Prince Albert, Rawlinson Theatre
April 3 - Saskatoon, TCU Place
April 5 - Winnipeg, Burton Cummings Theatre
April 6 - Thunder Bay, Community Auditorium
April 8 - Kingston, Grand Theatre
April 9 - Toronto, Massey Hall
April 11 - North Bay, Capitol Theatre
April 12 - St. Catharines, Sean O’Sullivan Theatre
April 13-14 - Montreal, L’Astral
April 15 - Ottawa, National Arts Centre


Small Source of Comfort (2011)
Life Short Call Now
Breakfast in New Orleans, Dinner in Timbuktu
Nothing But A Burning Light
Big Circumstance
Stealing Fire
The Trouble With Normal
Inner City Front
Dancing in the Dragon’s Jaws
In the Falling Dark
Night Vision
Bruce Cockburn

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Member since 1969