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CELEBRATED Canadian, BRUCE COCKBURN, brings his tour to Stockton next week.

Bruce, who last year incredibly released his 31st album, is at ARC on Monday.

Over the course of four decades, Bruce has travelled to the corners of the earth out of humanitarian concerns.

And he has often experienced events - in trouble spots - which have led to some of his most memorable songs.

"My mother once said that I must have a death wish, always going to what she called 'those awful places,'" he says.

"I don't think of it that way. I make these trips partly because I want to see things for myself and partly out of my own sense of adventure."

Released in April last year, Small Source of Comfort, is Bruce's offering of songs of romance, protest and spiritual discovery.

It won this year's Juno Award for Best Roots and Traditional Album - his 12th Juno Award to date.

The record is rich in Cockburn's characteristic blend of folk, blues, jazz and rock.

And as usual, many of the new compositions come from his travels and spending time in places like San Francisco and Brooklyn to the Canadian Forces base in Kandahar, Afghanistan, making notes on his experiences.

Bruce Cockburn's songs, along with his humanitarian work, have brought him a long list of honours, including an induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, a Governor General's Performing Arts Award and several international awards.

In 1982, he was also made a Member of the Order of Canada and was promoted to Officer in 2002.

Last year, the Luminato festival honoured Cockburn's extensive songbook with a tribute concert featuring artists such as jazz guitarist Michael Occhipinti, folk-rapper Buck 65, country rockers Blackie and The Rodeo Kings, and popsters the Barenaked Ladies.

And despite his impressive back catalogue, Bruce has no intention of stopping.

Small Source of Comfort was Cockburn''s first studio album since 2006 and sold more than 2,000,000 copies.

BRUCE COCKBURN ARC, Stockton Monday, pounds 17.50
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Aug 31, 2012
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