Bruce Cockburn’s remarkable journey has seen him embrace folk, jazz, rock, and worldbeat styles while travelling to such far-flung places as Guatemala, Mali, Mozambique, and Nepal, and writing memorable songs about his ever-expanding world of wonders. “My job,” he explains, “is to try and trap the spirit of things in the scratches of pen on paper and the pulling of notes out of metal.”
That scratching and pulling has earned Cockburn high praise as an exceptional songwriter and a revered guitarist. His songs of romance, protest, and spiritual discovery are among the best to have emerged from Canada over the last 40 years. His guitar playing, both acoustic and electric, has placed him in the company of the world’s top instrumentalists. And he remains deeply respected for his activism on issues from native rights and land mines to the environment and Third World debt, working for organizations such as Oxfam, Amnesty International, Doctors Without Borders, and Friends of the Earth.
The upcoming tour dates from September 15, 2017 to February 17, 2018 will be full “band” shows, and the dates prior to September will be “solo” shows.
Bruce’s band shows will consist of a quartet with drummer Gary Craig, bassist John Dymond and accordionist John Aaron Cockburn.
All 3 or them are featured on Bruce’s new True North album ‘Bone On Bone” slated for release in the fall of 2017.
And for the record, John Aaron is Bruce’s nephew.