LIVE Kicks EXTRA: Bruce Cockburn in Golden – Aug. 16


Friday, August 16, 2013 at the Golden Civic Centre


KHC’s artistic director Bill Usher says: A few people in these parts know that I played on two of Bruce’s albums back in the 70s (In The Falling Dark, Circles In The Stream) and toured with Bruce on the Circles In The Stream tour in 1976. So, I’ve been asked a lot, “When are you bringing Bruce Cockburn to Golden?” Mark your calendars: Friday, Aug. 16. Tickets will go on sale in early June – stay tuned here for details.

Bruce Cockburn has always been a restless spirit. Over the course of four decades, the celebrated Canadian artist has travelled to the corners of the earth out of humanitarian concerns—often to trouble spots experiencing events that have led to some of his most memorable songs. Going up against chaos, even if it involves grave risks, can be necessary to get closer to the truth.

“My mother once said that I must have a death wish, always going to what she called ‘those awful places,’” laughs Cockburn. “I don’t think of it that way. I make these trips partly because I want to see things for myself and partly out of my own sense of adventure.”

Small Source of Comfort, Cockburn’s 31st album, is his 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 places like San Francisco and Brooklyn to the Canadian Forces b ase in Kandahar, Afghanistan, jotting down his typically detailed observations about the human experience.

Brooklyn-based violinist Jenny Scheinman is one of Bruce’s collaborators on Small Source of Comfort and Ms. Scheinman will also be part of Bruce’s trio for the Civic Centre performance. Scheinman, best known for her work with Bill Frisell and Norah Jones, provides some thrilling flourishes to instrumentals like “Lois on the Autobahn” and the bluesy, gypsy-like swing of “Comets of Kandahar,” a track that Cockburn describes as “Django meets John Lee Hooker.”

Produced by longtime associate, and friend of Golden, Colin Linden.