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Bruce Cockburn

The great Bruce Cockburn, recently inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in September, continues to find inspiration in the world around him and channel those ideas into songs. "My job is to try and trap the spirits of things in the scratches of pen on paper and the pulling of notes out of metal," he once noted. More than 50 years after launching his singer-songwriter career at the Mariposa Folk Festival, Bruce Cockburn keeps kicking at the darkness so that it might bleed daylight. He's a Canadian legend, and he's rarely gone more than a couple of years without issuing new and original music; his latest is 2019's "Crowing Ignites." Much of Bruce's music has had a progressive orientation, even during nonpolitical times, taking up such themes as the environment and the rights of indigenous peoples.

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