GNP is proud to present Berklee alumnus Bruce Cockburn '65 (with band) and special guest Jenny Scheinman for one show only. Over 35 years, the Ottawa-born musician has recorded almost as many albums while earning respect for his charitable and activist work. "My job is to try and trap the spirit of things in the scratches of pen on paper, in the pulling of notes out of metal," Cockburn said when he was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2001. Berklee awarded him an honorary doctor of music degree in 1997.
Cockburn has often cited the influence of the blues on his music, especially the work of country/blues pioneers like Mississippi John Hurt. As a songwriter, Cockburn is revered by fans and musicians alike. His songs have been covered by such diverse artists as Chet Atkins, Jimmy Buffett, Judy Collins, Jerry Garcia, and k.d. lang. As a guitarist, he is considered among the world's best, described in The New York Times as a "virtuoso."
"The whole point of writing songs is to share experiences with people," he says, looking back on a career that includes 26 albums; numerous international awards, including the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Tenco Award for Lifetime Achievement in Italy; 20 gold and platinum records in Canada; and countless concert performances since he released his first solo work in 1970. Cockburn's collected work is a journey, both moody and revelatory, into the dark night and the sweet laughter of the soul, trekking across the world with vivid imagery and unflinching observations of human cruelty, greed, courage, and survival through faith, then back home to the peaceful forests and vibrant cities of his native Canada. His latest release, Small Source of Comfort, is slated for release in the United States on March 8, 2011 via True North Records.
Jenny Scheinman is a singer, violin player, composer, and arranger. She grew up in the sticks playing folk music with her family, went on to study at Oberlin Conservatory, and has been performing since she was a teenager. She has taken the #1 Rising Star Violinist title in the DownBeat Critics Poll and has been listed as one of their Top 10 Overall Violinists for the last five years. In addition, she has garnered numerous high-profile arranging credits with artists such as Lucinda Williams, Bono, Lou Reed, and Sean Lennon, and has toured and recorded with Nels Cline, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Bill Frisell, Norah Jones, Madeleine Peyroux, and Mark Ribot.