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Bill Usher recalls radio production from tour with Bruce Cockburn

Bill Usher, Bruce Cockburn, Jenny Scheinman, Gary Craig - 2013 - Golden, CO
Bill Usher (left) poses with renowned Canadian musician Bruce Cockburn (centre, left) and members of Cockburn’s backing band, Jenny Scheinman and Gary Craig, following Cockburn’s 2013 show in Golden

Mar 24, 2016 – Long before he arrived in Golden, Colorado and began to have an impact on what is now a bustling arts and culture scene, Bill Usher was a radio documentary producer and musician, with one of his proudest works coming in the form of a two-hour documentary titled On Tour with Bruce Cockburn.

Usher had worked with the Canadian folk icon on his 1976 release In the Falling Dark and toured across Canada with him on the subsequent tour. The idea to document the cross country tour with Cockburn seemed like a winner, and Usher took his idea to CBC, having produced documentaries for them previously.

“As soon as I knew that I had the gig…I basically went into one of the producers (at CBC) and said ‘I’m going out on the road with Cockburn for 12 weeks. I have this idea that I could do an on the road back stage documentary, are you interested?’,” he remembered.

The producer was interested, and Usher proceeded to round up all of the five inch reels of tape that he could before hitting the road for the tour.

Film and radio was a different animal back then. The days of digital recording were but a pipe dream, making production a lengthy, time-intensive process compared to contemporary standards.


At The Shows

Bruce Cockburn – Vancouver Island MusicFest – 15 July 2017

Photo of Bruce courtesy of:
Kevin Nicol
Photo of Bruce & Colin courtesy of:
Helen Austin

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Bruce Cockburn – Yellowknife – Canada 150 Celebration – 1 July 2017

  • Bruce Cockburn - Yellowknife - 1 July 2017 - photo Kevin OReilly

All photos courtesy of:
Kevin OReilly


Bruce Cockburn solo and with special guest Jenny Scheinman at 25 June 2017 Kate Wolf Festival

Jenny Scheinman

All photos courtesy of:
Kim Sallaway

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Bruce Cockburn performing in the Song For All Beings celebration Feburary 25 & 26 2017.

  • Bruce Cockburn - Song For All Beings 2017 - photo Denna Bendall

Photos:
Denna Bendall
Irene Young


Bruce Cockburn Performing at the Eric Harvie Theatre in Banff, Alberta September 24, 2016

  • Bruce Cockburn - Banff 2016 - photo Debbie Admussen

All photos courtesy of Debbie Admussen.


Bruce Cockburn Performing at the Diamond Jubilee Gala – 2013

  • Bruce Cockburn - Diamond Jubilee Gala - 2013

All photos courtesy of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

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Bruce Cockburn during soundchecks – 2012 & 2015 – photos Daniel Keebler

All photos courtesy of Daniel Keebler.

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Bruce & Bandmates 1986 – 2017

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Out & About

Bruce & Friends

 

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From Pam Mark Hall on recording duet with Bruce of All The Diamonds on her new album.

Here are a few highlights from my day recording with my musical hero Bruce Cockburn. We recorded his song “All the Diamonds…



Guitars

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Over the years Bruce has owned many guitars. In the last several years he has used these shown in the banner image above. [Photo courtesy of Kim Adams – Seattle Daily Photo – April 30, 2010]

Left to right:

  • Baritone guitar by Tony Karol, acquired during the recording of Life Short Call Now
  • 12-string by Linda Manzer, made for another of her customers, which found its way to me.
  • Original 6-string made for me by Linda Manzer in ’88 (?).
  • Manzer 6-string made for someone not long afterward, which came to me a few years ago.
  • Dobro I picked up new in the late 80s.
  • Charango made for me by Linda Manzer. This was the first acoustic instrument Linda made for me.
Bruce Cockburn - Guitars - Photo courtsey Kim Adams Seattle Daily Photo
Baritone guitar by Tony Karol, 12-string Manzer – Original 6-string Manzer – 6-string Manzer, dobro, Charango – Manzer

 

 

Linda Manzer Fine Guitars
Linda Manzer in her studio.

All the Manzers are roughly the same age.

~ from Linda’s website:
Bruce Cockburn – “I love them. I would not part with them. They are beautiful to look at and beautiful to hear.”
For video and audio clips of Bruce Cockburn playing Manzer Guitars, visit The Bruce Cockburn Page on manzer.com.

Bruce Cockburn - guitars Charango and 12 string by Linda Manzer - Photo courtesy of Kim Adams - Seattle Daily Photo - April 30, 2010
Charango and 12 String guitars by Linda Manzer
Bruce Cockburn - Dobro guitar - Photo courtesy of Agnes Patak - April 2014
Dobro
Bruce Cockburn - playing dulcimer - guitars - Photo courtesy of Agnes Patak - April 2014
Bruce Cockburn playing dulcimer
Bruce Cockburn's guitars at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass - SF 2014 - photo Gary Craig
Bruce Cockburn’s dobro and 2 Manzer guitars at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass – SF 2014
Bruce Cockburn - Gary Craig - Julie Wolf - Nashville 2006 - Photo courtesy of Ramcey Rodriguez
Bruce Cockburn – Gary Craig – Julie Wolf – Nashville 2006

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