Legendary singer songwriter Bruce Cockburn comes to StageOne

Fairfield Theatre Company welcomes the legendary singer songwriter, Bruce Cockburn to StageOne in support of his long awaited memoir, Rumours of Glory on Tuesday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m.

Born in 1945 in Ontario, Canada, Bruce Cockburn began his solo career with his 1970 self-titled album. His extensive repertoire of musical styles and skillfully crafted lyrics have been covered by a litany of artists including Jerry Garcia, Elbow, Chet Atkins, Judy Collins, Barenaked Ladies, Jimmy Buffett, and K.D. Lang.

The New York Times has called Cockburn a “virtuoso on guitar,” while Acoustic Guitar magazine placed him in the esteemed company of Andrés Segovia, Bill Frisell, and Django Reinhardt. Having released 31 albums, won 12 Juno Awards and 21 gold/platinum certifications, as well as recipient of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement (Canada’s highest honour in the performing arts), Cockburn has also sold more than 7 million albums worldwide and is revered by fans and fellow musicians alike as one of the most important songwriters of his generation.

And yet there is still more to this musician’s legendary career. As a longtime activist, Cockburn has spoken out on a range of issues: native rights, land mines, human rights in war-torn countries, Third World debt, ecological devastation, and corporate crime. Cockburn has been awed, appalled, and incensed by what he has seen and felt, and by the very real evil that humans can inflict on one another; sentiments that he touches on often in his memoir.

“Over the years, the notion that there should be a book about me has popped up now and then, along with offers to write it. It always seemed too soon, and I’ve felt all along that such a book should be mine to author. When Harper One expressed their interest, it finally did seem timely, so here we go!”

In Rumours of Glory, Cockburn invites readers into his private world, providing an intimate commentary on his life and work, the focus on the roots of his songwriting and the stories behind his best known songs. Yet, Cockburn also outlines what he believes that we can, and should, be dedicated to; our shared humanity, to saving ourselves, each other and this earth.

As a devoted and deeply respected activist, Cockburn has worked with organizations such as Oxfam, Amnesty International, Doctors without Borders, Friends of the Earth, and USC Canada. And as he states in the book, “In a way we, and all living things, are made of music … music is my diary, my anchor through anguish and joy, a channel for the heart.”

Rumours of Glory isn’t just a memoir however. It also comes as a limited edition box set featuring nine-disks with over 117-songs and includes 16 rare and previously unreleased songs and features a live concert DVD – Cockburn’s only full-length concert video. Each box set is autographed, sequentially numbered and includes a 90 page book featuring rare photos, extensive track information, and liner notes written by Nicholas Jennings.

Join FTC as they welcome this legendary songwriter for a night of stories and music.

For tickets, at $52 in advance with a $5 member discount, visit fairfieldtheatre.org or call 203-259-1036.

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