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Rob Wasserman, Masterful Upright Bassist, Dies After Brief Hospitalization

~from Bruce’s Facebook page, by Bernie Finkelstein:

Some sad news to report. Acclaimed bassist Rob Wasserman has passed away (June 29). Here’s what Jambase reported last night.

“Just hours after Bob Weir shared the news bassist Rob Wasserman was battling serious health issues, comes word Wasserman has died. RatDog guitarist Mark Karan first revealed Rob had passed on with Weir confirming the news shortly thereafter.

Rob Wasserman
Rob Wasserman

Rob Wasserman is best known for his long tenure alongside Weir as a founding member of RatDog as well as the pair’s Bob Weir & Rob Wasserman project. Wasserman was a member of RatDog from the group’s mid ’90s formation through 2002 and then again from 2010 to their most recent performances.”

Rob played on what many people consider to be one of Bruce’s finest albums “The Charity Of Night“, recorded in 1996. Before that Bruce and Rob had played together in the early 90’s at Sony studios in New York where they along with Lou Reed and Rosanne Cash performed together on one of Bruce’s “Christmas With Cockburn” radio shows.


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.


Circles In The Stream – On Tour With Bruce Cockburn in 1977

February 2016 – Daniel Keebler, over at the Gavin’s Woodpile, has put together a wonderful article, including a 2 hour audio documentary which was made in 1977.

Special Occasion presents – ON TOUR WITH BRUCE COCKBURN

A two-hour program produced for the CBC in 1977. Bill Usher documents aspects of the Circles In The Stream tour of which he was a part. Included are intimate conversations with Bruce Cockburn about himself, his music and those who listen to it.

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Hawksley Workman and Andrew Burashko’s Art of Time Ensemble – A tribute to the songs of Bruce Cockburn

Hawksley Workman - Tribute to the songs of Bruce Cockburn

1 May 2016 – TORONTO, ON: Andrew Burashko’s Art of Time Ensemble is presenting its tenth Songbook concert featuring Hawksley Workman and the music of Bruce Cockburn. May 13 – 14 at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre, Workman will perform Cockburn’s protest songs in new arrangements by Canadian composers.

The program includes If I Had a Rocket Launcher (arranged by Jonathan Goldsmith) and If a Tree Falls, as well as Workman’s We’re Not Broken Yet from his latest record, Old Cheetah.

“I’ve loved Bruce Cockburn’s music for a very long time and consider him one of my biggest influences,” says Workman. “He is a master of the protest song, always keeping beauty and poetry front and centre. In a time where protest is stifled and muted, I thought it might be good to revisit his music.”


Bruce Cockburn and Hawksley Workman on artistic legacy

22 February 2016 – The title of Bruce Cockburn’s memoir, now out in paperback, is Rumours of Glory. Upon reading the book, it occurred to the Cockburn enthusiast and fellow Juno-winning musician Hawksley Workman that there was too much rumour and not enough glory affixed to the standing of Cockburn. The two artists spoke to each other recently by phone, about credit due, MTV and roads worth taking.

Hawksley Workman: The passing of David Bowie got me to thinking about artists who seem supremely aware of what they’re creating for themselves and their own self-mythologizing. My sense, Bruce, is that you weren’t ever really aware of the legacy you were creating. Is that fair to say?

Bruce Cockburn: It strikes me that legacy is a very ephemeral thing. I’ve had that word thrown at me, but I don’t know. I think it’s out of my hands.

Workman: But people like Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell and Neil Young, they nurtured or fostered an image of themselves that accompanied their art. I have trouble that you’re not included in the group of names we seem to culturally deify, and that it’s because their kind of self-mythologizing wasn’t part of your landscape. Do you feel that?

Cockburn: For me, it’s always been about the music and words. But under the surface, I recognize I have an ego like everybody else. I want to be noticed. In the beginning, I was defensive about that. I didn’t want to think in those terms, and I went to great lengths to avoid acquiring an image of any sort. But then I found that I had acquired an image of somebody who was trying not to have an image. So, I couldn’t beat that one. Once you put yourself in front of the public, an image is thrust upon you – by people’s response, by the media, by some sort of natural reaction to having somebody who is up on stage seem larger than life.

Workman: I hear all that. But your compulsion to do or to go or to be seems to eclipse that of somebody who might stroke their chin and think about what move might make them cool.

Cockburn: I’d be a liar if I denied being aware of how things might look to other people. But, again, it’s out of our own control. You can make choices, and people might see you as being cool or as a jerk. I got called names for supporting the Sandinistas. You can’t take that out of the picture, but, for me, it’s always been about curiosity more than anything else. I don’t see anything as a compulsion.



Past Gigs

Bruce Cockburn - The Cascade Theatre Redding, California - Photo Daniel Keebler2012
Bruce Cockburn – The Cascade Theatre Redding, California – Photo: Daniel Keebler2012

Bruce Cockburn – 2016 – 2017 Past Tour Dates

Date City Venue Country
Nov 17 Ann Arbor, Michigan The Ark United States
“Bone On Bone” tour with band
Nov 15 Annapolis, Maryland Rams Head On Stage United States
“Bone On Bone” tour with band
Nov 14 Alexandria, Virginia Birchmere Music Hall United States
“Bone On Bone” tour with band
Nov 12 New York, New York City Winery United States
“Bone On Bone” tour with band
Nov 11 New York, New York City Winery United States
“Bone On Bone” tour with band
Nov 10 Glenside, Pennsylvania Keswick Theatre United States
“Bone On Bone” tour with band
Nov 9 Boston, Massachusetts The Wilbur United States
“Bone On Bone” tour with band
Nov 6 Ithaca, New York Hangar Theatre United States
“Bone On Bone” tour with band
Nov 5 Albany, New York The Egg United States
“Bone On Bone” tour with band
Sep 30 Hamilton, Ontario First Ontario Hall Canada
“Bone On Bone” tour with band – with special guest Terra Lightfoot
Sep 29 London, Ontario London Music Hall Canada
“Bone On Bone” tour with band – with special guest Terra Lightfoot
Sep 27 Kingston, Ontario The Grand Theatre Canada
“Bone On Bone” tour with band with special guest Terra Lightfoot
Sep 26 Kitchener, Ontario Centre in the Square Canada
“Bone On Bone” tour with band – with special guest Terra Lightfoot
Sep 25 Peterborough, Ontario Showplace Canada
“Bone On Bone” tour with band – with special guest Terra Lightfoot
Sep 23 Toronto, Ontario Massey Hall Canada
Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Sep 22 Ottawa, Ontario NAC Theatre Canada
“Bone On Bone” tour with band – with special guest Terra Lightfoot
Sep 21 Sherbrooke, Quebec Theatre Granada Canada
“Bone On Bone” tour with band – with special guest Terra Lightfoot
Sep 20 Quebec City, Quebec Imperial Bell Canada
“Bone On Bone” tour with band – with special guest Terra Lightfoot
Sep 19 Montreal, Quebec Club Soda Canada
“Bone On Bone” tour with band – with special guest Terra Lightfoot
Sep 17 Summerside, Prince Edward Island Harbourfront Theatre Canada
“Bone On Bone” tour with band – with special guest Terra Lightfoot
Sep 16 Halifax, Nova Scotia Rebecca Cohn Canada
“Bone On Bone” tour with band – with special guest Terra Lightfoot
Sep 15 Fredericton, New Brunswick The Playhouse Canada
“Bone On Bone” tour with band with special guest Terra Lightfoot
Aug 7 Canmore, Alberta Canmore Folk Festival Canada
**Solo**
Jul 15 Courtenay, British Columbia Vancouver Island Musicfest Canada
**Solo** The Writer is the Witness – 1:00pm – The Grierson Stage
Jul 9 Orillia, Ontario Mariposa Folk Fest Canada
**Solo**
Jul 7 Winnipeg, Manitoba Winnipeg Folk Festival Canada
Time: 7:00pm. **Solo** Workshop – Green Ash Stage – 2:45pm – 4:00pm
Jul 5 Prince George, British Columbia Canada Games Plaza Canada
**Solo**
Jul 1 Yellowknife, Northwest Territories City Hall Commons Canada
Free concert for Canada Day
Jun 25 Laytonville, California Kate Wolf Music Festival United States
**Solo**
Jun 4 Charelton, West Virginia Mountain Stage United States
Live Radio Show
Jun 3 Pomeroy, Ohio Fur Peace Ranch United States
Time: 8:00pm. SOLD OUT! **Solo**
Jun 2 Kent, Ohio The Kent Stage United States
**Solo**
Jun 1 Pomeroy, Ohio Fur Peace Ranch United States
Time: 8:00pm. **Solo**
Apr 2 Ottawa, Ontario Southam Hall Canada
Time: 12:00pm. Bruce will be hosting and performing in the JUNO SongWriters’ Circle 2017. This event has been moved to Southam Hall.
Feb 26 San Rafael, California Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium United States
Time: 1:30pm. Song for All Beings 2017 – A Dazzling, Huge-Hearted Cirque d’Spirit in a ceremonial concert
Feb 25 San Rafael, California Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium United States
Time: 7:00pm. Song for All Beings 2017 – A Dazzling, Huge-Hearted Cirque d’Spirit in a ceremonial concert
Feb 16 Kansas City, Missouri Westin Crown Center United States
Time: 12:00pm. Bruce Cockburn Book Signing Westin Crown Center Hotel, location TBD Open to FAI conference delegates and registered members of the press. : More Info :
Feb 15 Kansas City, Missouri Westin Crown Center United States
Time: 6:00pm. Folk Alliance International Awards Show Westin Crown Center Hotel, Century C Ballroom Open to FAI conference delegates and registered members of the press. : More Info :
Dec 3 Toronto, ON. Canada Isabel Bader Theatre Canada
Canadian Folk Music Awards Gala – Bruce will be performing a couple of songs
Sep 24 Banff, Alberta Eric Harvie Theatre Canada
This is a hospital fundraiser.
Aug 20 Owen Sound, Ontario Summerfolk Festival Canada
Bruce will be part of a workshop at 3:00pm
Aug 19 Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario Jackson-Triggs Canada
Aug 18 Huntsville, Ontario Algonquin Theatre Canada
Aug 17 Orillia, Ontario Orillia Opera House Canada
Aug 13 Grand Prairie, Alberta Bear Creek Folk Festival Canada
Main stage performance at 2:00pm Workshop at 5:00pm
Aug 4 San Fransisco, California Nourse Theatre United States
This is a benefit show to help radio station KALW in San francisco celebrate their 75th anniversary. Kronos Quartet will share the bill.
Jul 24 Kemptville, Ontario Kemptville Live Music Festival Canada
Jul 17 Vancouver, British Columbia Vancouver Folk Music Festival Canada
Bruce may be doing a workshop on this day as well.
Jul 16 Denman Island, British Columbia Readers & Writers Festival Canada
This is a book festival and Bruce will not be performing music but doing readings and being interviewed about his book, Rumours Of Glory.
Jul 15 Denman Island, British Columbia Readers & Writers Festival Canada
This is a book festival and Bruce will not be performing music but doing readings and being interviewed about his book, Rumours Of Glory.
Jul 9 Atlin, British Columbia Atlin Arts & Music Festival Canada
Mar 24 Durango, Colorado Fort Lewis College United States
Mar 22 Aspen, Colorado Wheeler Opera House United States
Feb 27 Oakville, Ontario Center for the Performing Arts Canada
Sold Out
Feb 26 San Rafael, California Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium United States
Time: 1:30pm.
Feb 26 San Rafael, California Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium United States
Time: 1:30pm. Song for All Beings 2017 – A Dazzling, Huge-Hearted Cirque d’Spirit in a ceremonial concert : More Info :
Feb 26 Guelph, Ontario River Run Centre Canada
Feb 25 Mississauga, Ontario Living Arts Centre Canada
Feb 24 St. Catharines, Ontario Performing Arts Center Canada
Feb 22 Meaford, Ontario Meaford Hall Arts & Cultural Centre Canada
Sold Out
Feb 21 Morrisburg, Ontario St. Lawrence Acoustic Stage Canada
Sold Out : More Info :
Feb 20 Milton, Ontario Center for the Arts Canada
Feb 18 Burlington, Ontario Performing Arts Center Canada

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Gigs

Bone On Bone tour band - John Aaron Cockburn - Gary Craig - Bruce Cockburn - John Dymond - photo deservedly_so
Bone On Bone tour band – John Aaron Cockburn – Gary Craig – Bruce Cockburn – John Dymond – 30 September 2017

Bruce Cockburn – Upcoming Tour Dates

All of the dates from September 15, 2017 to February 17, 2018 will be “band” shows. Starting in April 2018, Bruce will be touring solo.

Bruce’s band shows will consist of a quartette with drummer Gary Craig, bassist John Dymond and accordionist John Aaron Cockburn.

All 3 of them are featured on Bruce’s new True North album ‘Bone On Bone’ which was released September 15, 2017.

Bruce Cockburn - Bone On Bone - Tour Dates
Touring with band starting in September 2017
Date City Venue Country
Nov 18 Chicago, Illinois Old Town School United States
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Nov 21 Madison, Wisconsin Barrymore Theatre United States
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Nov 22 Minneapolis, Minnesota Cedar Cultural Center United States
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Jan 23 Calgary, Alberta Jack Singer Hall Canada
“Bone On Bone” tour with band
Jan 24 Edmonton, Alberta Winspear Centre Canada
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Jan 26 Victoria, British Columbia Alix Goolden Hall Canada
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Jan 27 Vancouver, British Columbia The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts Canada
“Bone On Bone” tour with band : More Info :
Jan 28 Seattle, Washington Neptune Theatre United States
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Jan 30 Portland, Oregon Aladdin Theatre United States
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Jan 31 Portland, Oregon Aladdin Theatre United States
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Feb 2 Grants Pass, Oregon Rouge Theatre United States
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Feb 3 Arcata, California Van Duzer Theater United States
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Feb 5 Grass Valley, California The Center For The Arts United States
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Feb 7 Berkeley, California Fright & Salvage United States
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Feb 8 Berkeley, California Fright & Salvage United States
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Feb 9 Santa Cruz, California Rio Theatre United States
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Feb 10 Los Angeles, California El Rey Theatre United States
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Feb 12 Tuscon, Arizona Rialto Theatre United States
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Feb 13 Phoenix, Arizona Marquee Theatre United States
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Feb 15 Salt Lake City, Utah The State Room United States
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Feb 16 Boulder, Colorado Boulder Theatre United States
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Feb 17 Aspen, Colorado Wheeler Opera House United States
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Apr 14 Dallas, Texas The Kessler United States
**Solo** Buy Tickets
Apr 15 Houston, Texas The Heights Theater United States
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Apr 16 Baton Rouge, Louisiana Red Dragon United States
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Apr 18 Melbourne, Florida King Center of Performing Arts United States
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Apr 19 Ponte Vedra, Florida Ponte Vedra Concert Hall United States
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Apr 20 Atlanta, Georgia City Winery – Atlanta United States
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Apr 21 Franklin, Tennessee Franklin Theatre United States
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Apr 23 Richmond, Virginia The Tin Pan United States
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Apr 24 Port Washington, New York Landmark on Main Street United States
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Apr 26 Pawling, New York Daryl’s House United States
**Solo** Buy Tickets
Apr 27 Fall River, Massachusetts Narrow Centre for Arts United States
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Apr 28 Londonderry, New Hampshire Tupelo Music Hall United States
**Solo** Buy Tickets
Apr 29 Stowe, Vermont Performing Arts Centre United States
**Solo** Buy Tickets
May 1 Auburn, New York Public Theatre United States
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May 2 Pittsburg, Pennsylvania Carnegie Lecture Hall United States
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May 4 Lindsay, Ontario Academy Theatre Canada
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May 5 Toronto, Ontario Massey Hall Canada
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Cockburn performs at St. Lawrence Acoustic State

Thursday, January 21, 2016 – The St. Lawrence Acoustic Stage has brought the area some pretty big names and some fantastic talent, but none more so than their headliner on Feb. 21 when Bruce Cockburn will be gracing the stage.

“I would say that this is the single biggest show we have done at the St. Lawrence Acoustic Stage,” said Sandra Whitworth, SLAS board member. “And I say that even though we’ve brought in artists like Serena Ryder, Garnet Rogers and Shane Kayczan. But Bruce is so widely known as Canadian music royalty. We are hugely excited to have him in.”

The concert is already sold out and audiences are sure to be pleased with what Cockburn will be offering.

“There’s a few new songs,” said Cockburn in a phone interview. “My hope is to get an album together this year sometime, towards the end of the year. The show will be a cross-section, which is typical of me.” Cockburn said when there is a new album already out, there is a lot of emphasis on it during a show, but that is not the case this time.

“So there will be some new material, some brand new stuff people haven’t heard,” he said. “Otherwise it will be a cross-section of whatever. There are always a few of the ones that I feel like people pay the money to hear. Lovers In A Dangerous Time, Wondering Where The Lions Are, stuff like that tends to be in every show because people want that stuff. At least they appear to.”

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