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FOUR NEW SONGS

5 May 2021 – Update!!!
Listen to the Four New Songs! ( click through )

All songs by Bruce Cockburn, c 2020 Holy Drone Corp

Video and audio recording by Mark Yahiro

1. Orders – San Francisco – 7 December 2020
The just the merciful the cruel
The stumbling well-intentioned fool
The deft the oaf the witless pawn
The golden one life smiles upon
The squalling infant in mid-squall
The neighbors fighting down the hall
The list is long; as I recall
Our orders said to love them all

The cynic and the crooked priest
The woman wise the sullen beast
The enemy outside the gate
The friend who leaves it all to fate
The drunk who tags the bathroom stall
The proud boy rushing to his fall,
The list is long; as I recall
Our orders said to love them all

The pastor preaching shades of hate
The self-inflating head of state
The black the blue the starved for bread
The dread the red the better dead
The sweet the vile the small the tall
The one who rises to the call
The list is long but as I recall
Our orders said to love them all

The one who lets his demons win
The one we think we’re better than
A challenge great—but as I recall
Our orders said to love them all

2. On A Roll – San Francisco – 27 July 2020
Howl of anger — howl of grief
Here comes the heat — there’s no relief
Social behavior beyond belief

Throw those punches — drop that ball
Commit to nothing — excuse it all
Here comes the future — here comes the fall

Time takes its toll
But in my soul
I’m on a roll

The wolf has fixed you with its stare
Finality is hard to bear
Continue breathing — and beware

Eat what’s before you — pay the bill
There goes your bonehouse right down that hill
Time waits for no one and never will

Time takes its toll
But in my soul
I’m on a roll

I had a dream — there was a storm
And all the earth was without form
The sun was cold — the ether warm
Pressure building left and right
Timer ticking just out of sight
I’m taking shelter in the light

Time takes its toll
But in my soul
I’m on a roll.

3. Us All – San Francisco – 29 August 2020
Here we are, faced with choice
Secrets and walls or open embrace
Like it or not, the human race
Is us all

History is what it is
Scars we inflict on each other don’t die
But slowly soak into the DNA
Of us all

Us all

I pray we not fear to love
I pray we be free of judgement and shame
Open the vein, let kindness rain
O’er us all

Us all

4. When You Arrive – San Francisco – 27 July 2020
Breakfast was Mahler and coffee
Dinner’s Lightnin’ Hopkins and rye
Everything you say comes back to bite you
But these days only beauty makes you cry

The chapel is closed for the COVID
Black mold owns the city by the sea
Dew-beaded cobweb in the moonlight
Halo for a saint who’s yet to be

The dead shall sing
To the living and the semi-alive
Bells will ring
When you arrive

Limping like a three-legged canine
Backbone creaking like a cheap shoe
Dragging the accretions of a lifetime
But you oughta make another mile or two…

The dead shall sing
To the living and the semi-alive
Bells will ring
When you arrive


Bruce Cockburn Four New Songs SFL

A few years ago I found myself attending a worship service at San Francisco Lighthouse. For the preceding couple of decades I had been operating on the assumption that the formal church and I had grown apart, so in a way it was a surprise to be there and feel as though it was where I was meant to be. That occasion led to an ongoing relationship with SFL — fools that they were, they let me play in the band!

In this COVID year, with no public opportunity to introduce new songs, and since I have a few new songs, it seemed like they could be put out for people to hear in a way that would at once benefit the church and satisfy my need to be noticed.

Suggested Donation: $20

Any revenue generated by this exercise will go to support SFL and its work, which includes, among other things, support for programs for unhoused people in San Francisco, and for Lighthouse Kathmandu, a Nepali-run organization dedicated to fighting human trafficking and rescuing its victims.

Thanks for checking in. I hope you enjoy the songs!

Bruce Cockburn

Please note these are informal demo videos.

~from Event Bruce Cockburn Four New Songs SFL event.


Crowing Ignites receives Juno nomination

12 March 2021 – Bruce’s 2019 all instrumental release Crowing Ignites has been nominated for a Juno award in the Instrumental Album of the Year category.

Bruce Cockburn - Crowing Ignites cd jacket

The other nominees are:
Movements III – Blitz//Berlin
Eleven Words – David Foster
Volume 1 – Flore Laurentienne
Prior Street – Gordon Grdina

The 2021 Juno Awards will be broadcast nationwide Sunday, May 16, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBC Music, CBC-TV, CBC Gem and CBC Radio One, and globally on CBCMusic.ca/junos. While Toronto is the official Juno host for the awards’ 50th anniversary, the broadcast will be presented to an at-home only audience, with filming taking place at several locations across the country.


Crowing Ignites – Canadian Folk Music Award

13 March 2021 – Eric Alper PR Roster Gets 12 Canadian Folk Music Award Noms: Bruce Cockburn, Crystal Shawanda, Sultans Of String, Craig Cardiff + More

The Canadian Folk Music Awards celebrates its 16th edition, with a roster of nominations that celebrates the breadth and depth of Canadian folk music, and Eric Alper Public Relations and its clients and extended family celebrates the talent of artists and musicians across Canada.

Established by Canada’s vibrant and internationally-recognized folk music community, the awards currently boasts 19 categories. Nominees are chosen for each category through a two-stage jury process. More than 100 jurors, located across Canada, representing all official provinces, territories and languages, determine the official recipients in each category.

The 16th edition of the Canadian Folk Music Awards Celebration will take place online again this year, and will present all 19 Awards, plus the Unsung Hero Award bringing the total to 20 Awards, virtually, over the weekend of April 9-10, 2021.

Contemporary Album of the Year: Coyote by Catherine MacLellan, Contemporary Singer of the Year: Catherine MacLellan for Coyote

Ensemble of the Year: Sultans of String for Refuge, Indigenous Songwriter(s) of the Year: Crystal Shawanda for Church House Blues

Instrumental Solo artist of the Year:Natalie MacMaster for Sketches, Producer(s) of the Year: Chris McKhool & John ‘Beetle’ Bailey for Refuge (Sultans of String)

Single of the Year: Yellowknife by Craig Cardiff (Producer: Craig Cardiff), Solo Artist of the Year: Catherine MacLellan for Coyote

Traditional Album of the Year: Crowing Ignites by Bruce Cockburn, The Lost Tapes by Ian & Sylvia

Traditional Singer of the Year: Kevin Harvey for Hand Me Down Blues, World Album of the Year: Patria by/par Mazacote

Credit: That Eric Alper.


Ann Arbor Folk Fest Live-Streamed

16 December 2020 –
Bruce will be doing a 30 to 40 minute set for the virtual Ann Arbor Folk Festival.
The show must go on. January’s Ann Arbor Folk Fest will take place online w/ live-streamed sets by Robert Earl Keen, Raul Malo, Bruce Cockburn, The War & Treaty, The Accidentals & more info from Localspins.com.

Tickets December 18 and more ticket info.

Ann Arbor Folk Festival poster

Bruce Cockburn - streaming Ann Arbor Folk Fest

Above photo taken from the live stream by Dave Hedenstrom.
Here’s the setlist.



Surviving Life with Les Stroud – Parts 1 & 2

18 November 2020 – Bruce Cockburn at my house in Muskoka – Part 1- Summer 2020

12 March 2021 – Bruce Cockburn at my house in Muskoka – Part 2.

reallesstroud (@Survivorman Les Stroud) Tweeted: I launch my new podcast in ONE WEEK with three at once: My own keynote at the Bushcraft Symposium, Bruce Cockburn at my house in Muskoka and David Suzuki in his yard by the ocean in Vancouver. On my Youtube and wherever you get your podcasts!


Bruce Cockburn & Foy Vance on The Vinyl Supper

Foy Vance Vinyl Supper poster

Bruce Cockburn’s episode of The Vinyl Supper podcast and video series with Foy Vance is out now! Pull a seat up to the table and find out what we’re eating and listening to during our last meals. Listen and watch at thevinylsupper.com.

On a very special 10th episode, Foy gets to speak with one of his idols: Bruce Cockburn. Bruce’s first album came out fifty years ago, and here he is on episode 10 of The Vinyl Supper with Foy Vance. His eponymous album was released on April 7th 1970, including classic hits “Going to the Country” and “Musical Friends.” In the past fifty years, he’s released 34 albums and played around the world.

Foy and Bruce bond over songwriting and what ‘the new normal’ has meant for them. Bruce calls back to an All-American favorite food, chicken and waffles, and rewinds over memories with All-American favorite musicians, Elvis and Little Richard. The two get serious with talks of the recent unrest in the states, and Bruce has some words of wisdom: “looters are not the creators of chaos.” They discuss the difference between condoning, condemning, and understanding.

In his own words, Bruce says of the last fifty years of recording: “I can only shake my head and mutter a word of thanks for all of it. Even if I’d been a planner by nature, I doubt I could have predicted how things have gone. And they’re still going!” Going they are indeed: Bruce’s songs have been covered by Jimmy Buffet, kd Lang, Barenaked Ladies, Jerry Garcia, Judy Collins, Chet Atkins, and many more.

This episode was recorded in July 2020.

Credit: Bruce Cockburn on The Vinyl Supper – Foy Vance


IN CONVERSATION WITH BRUCE COCKBURN By M.D. Dunn

This interview by Mark Dunn with Bruce is from August 14, 2019. It was published in Contemporary Verse 2 in 2019.

IN CONVERSATION WITH BRUCE COCKBURN by By M.D. Dunn

Bruce Cockburn laughs a lot. It might surprise people familiar with only his
heavier songs or the many causes he has championed. He even makes jokes, clever
and funny jokes. His conversation is punctuated by belly laughs and a wit that
runs from dry and cutting to outright silliness. Truth is, this legendary songwriter doesn’t recognize his own legend.

Throughout his 50-year career, which he calls a “careen,” Cockburn has
participated in numerous grassroots actions: working to help ban landmines in
Mozambique and elsewhere, supporting the Haida and the Lubicon Cree in land
rights disputes, promoting sustainable farming, and witnessing the desperation
of refugees in Central America. Many of these concerns end up in his songs and
have perpetuated the image of a cold intellectual, a worldly and jaded observer of human folly.

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Dream Concert Livestream

Well after an absence of many years Jackson Browne has revived the Native American Scholarship Fund benefit concert for the Verde Valley School in Arizona. I can’t remember how many times Bruce played those wonderful concerts but it was several and each one was very special for a great cause and always with great artists and audiences. Be great if you could join us on October 10 for what Jackson has called the Dream Concert. ~ Bernie Finkelstein

Dream Concert Livestream

Dream Concert
Verde Valley School
Native American Scholarship Fund
Saturday, October 10 :: 9:00PM ET

About Dream Concert
FANS and Verde Valley School present Dream Concert featuring Jackson Browne, Shawn Colvin, Bruce Cockburn and more to benefit the Native American Scholarship Fund

FANS has partnered with Verde Valley School to host Dream Concert, highlighting notable musicians, advocating for the inclusion of Native American voices and bodies in high school education on Saturday October 10 at 6PM PT/9PM ET.

The concept of Dream Concert originated over 30 years ago by Jackson Browne, where he held an outdoor music festival on the Verde Valley School campus. The festival then became an annual affair, which raised tuition assistance for the Native American students. Past performers include Neil Young, John Trudell, Bonnie Raitt, Indigo Girls, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Ben Harper, and many more.

This year’s lineup includes heartfelt performances by Jackson Browne, Shawn Colvin, and Bruce Cockburn, along with Arizona bands Sihasin and Calexico. The livestream will also feature appearances by R. Carlos Nakai, Michael Franti, and Dene-Canadian rocker, Leelah Gilday, and more to be announced.

In keeping with its roots, the Dream concert will raise tuition funds to support the Verde Valley School’s Native American Scholarship Fund and their student’s quest for quality education. The Verde Valley School is a top tier high school devoted to cultural exchange, hosting over 130 students from around the world to live and learn together.

“The nation, indeed the world, needs a school that will bring together children from many nations, many cultures, all races and religions, not simply to study and tolerate on another, but to learn from and celebrate their differences.” – Hamilton Warren, Verde Valley School Founder

Support the Native American Scholarship Fund and join FANS for an inspired night of music with Dream Concert on Saturday, October 10.

~from https://fans.live/livestream/20201010-dream-concert/

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