Readers of this blog will know that I am a huge fan of Canadian singer, songwriter and activist Bruce Cockburn. Cockburn's connection with Jesus has been one of the driving forces of his life, music and campaigning and his stunning poetic lyrics have nourished my soul in a whole variety of ways.
As a Cockburn fan for over 30 years it very exciting to be able to bring news of not one, not two but THREE Bruce Cockburn appearances in March. My tickets are bought!
The Belfast Nashville Festival is a gem of a music fest. This is the week when great songwriters gather to not only do gigs but also do songwriting workshops, interviews and little unique In The Round gigs where they collaborate with others.
And so, in 2015, we get Bruce Cockburn.
BRUCE COCKBURN INTERVIEW: March 5th, Holiday Inn, Ormeau Avenue @ 5pm
On March 5th Bruce will do a public interview. I hve been to a couple of these at Greenbelt and if you go to one muscians interbview in your life then Cockburn is a good one. Bruce is a shy man but he is well read, knowledgable and articulate. His songs are deep in soul and speak about the world and its pain and hope for healing. He has a lot to say and syas it well!
BRUCE COCKBURN, IN THE ROUND with FOY VANCE and KEN HADDOCK - March 5th, Holiday Inn, Ormeau Avenue @ 9.45pm
For my wife's birthday Bruce is getting toegther with two of her favourite Belfast voices, Foy Vance and Ken Haddock to share songs and stories in the round. This is an utterly unique treat, not be to be missed, whether it is your birthday or not!
BRUCE COCKBURN IN CONCERT - March 6th, Holiday Inn Ormeau Avenue @ 9.45
The full Bruce Cockburn concert.
and in preparation...
BRUCE COCKBURN - RUMOURS OF GLORY; A MEMOIR
The long anticipated Cockburn biography is out for Christmas. Already available in north America it is out here on Hardback on December 4th but I already have it on Kindle and the writing is magnificent. Cockburn's self awareness as well as his social and political awareness and spiritual interests make it one seriously good rock biog read - perhaps the best written... ever! It makes a great Christmas present and essential research for the Belfast Brucefest in March!