Touring in support of his forthcoming album, Canadian singer songwriter Bruce Cockburn will perform live at the Wilma in Missoula on November 11, 2019.
The Canadian singer-songwriter has issued a steady stream of acclaimed albums since his self-titled debut in 1970. He’s written more than 300 songs on 33 albums of which 22 have received a Canadian gold or platinum certification as of 2018. He’s sold over one million albums in Canada alone.
Recently he announced, Crowing Ignites, a new all-instrumental album to be released on September 20th via True North Records. The new LP was produced, recorded and mixed by Colin Linden, and recorded at the Firehouse in San Francisco. It showcases 11 all-original compositions by Cockburn, who plays acoustic guitar throughout, backed by a stellar cast of sympathetic musicians.
The album’s title is a literal translation of the Latin motto, “Accendit Cantu,” featured on the Cockburn family crest. Although a little puzzling, Cockburn liked the feeling it conveyed: “Energetic, blunt, Scottish as can be.” The album’s other nod to Cockburn’s Scottish heritage is heard on “Pibroch: The Wind in the Valley,” in which his guitar’s droning bass strings and melodic grace notes sound eerily like a Highland bagpipe. “I’ve always loved pibroch, or classic bagpipe music,” says Cockburn. “It seems to be in my blood. Makes me want to sip whiskey out of a sea shell on some rocky headland!”
More than 40 years since he embarked on his singer-songwriter career, Cockburn continues pushing himself to create—and winning accolades in the process. Most recently, the Order of Canada recipient earned a 2018 Juno Award for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year, for Bone on Bone, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from SOCAN, the Peoples’ Voice Award from Folk Alliance International and was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2017. Cockburn, who released his memoir, Rumours of Glory, and its similarly titled companion box set the same year, shows no sign of stopping. As his producer-friend Linden says: “Like the great blues players he admires, Bruce just gets better with age.”
“the hardest-working right thumb in show business” … “materializes chords and modal filigrees while his thumb provides the music’s pulse and its foundation—at once a deep Celtic drone and the throb of a vigilant conscience.” – The New York Times
Tickets are on sale now at the Top Hat, online or by phone at 1 (800) 514-3849. All tickets are general admission with seating on first come, first served basis. All ages are welcome. Additional ticketing and venue information can be found here.