If you go

What: Folk/rock artist Bruce Cockburn in concert

When: April 16, doors open 7:30 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m.

Where: Mateel Community Center

Admission: Main floor seats, $32 advance, $35 at the door, $2 discount for Mateel members; Balcony (mostly standing), $22 advance, $25 at the door, $2 discount for Mateel members.

Bruce Cockburn in concert at the Mateel

Bruce Cockburn, one of North America's most prolific and respected contemporary folk/rock artists, will perform at the Mateel Community Center on April 16.

With a musical career that spans over 40 years, Cockburn's songs, from folk, to jazz-influenced rock, have dealt with a broad range topics that reveal his passion for human rights and political issues. With a dedicated global fan base, and 31 albums (16 Canadian Gold) to his credit, Cockburn's work, both as a musician and humanitarian, has won him numerous awards from around the world.

The celebrated Canadian artist has traveled the far corners of the earth, often to trouble spots, experiencing events that have led to some of his most memorable songs. His belief that going up against chaos is often necessary to get closer to the truth has at times involved grave risks. On “Small Source of Comfort”, his latest album, two pieces, “Each One Lost” and “Comets of Kandahar,” stem from a trip Cockburn made to war-torn Afghanistan in 2009.


In contrast, his light-hearted song “Called Me Back” a comic reflection on the frustrations of waiting for a return phone call that never comes, reveals a sardonic sense of humor. While his songs reflect the depth and breadth of both his keen observations of the world around and within him, Cockburn's solid musicianship is spot on and will be an exquisite treat in the intimate smaller venue setting of the Mateel.

Main floor seats are $32 in advance and $35 at the door. There's a $2 discount for Mateel members. Balcony seats are mostly standing for $22 in advance and $25 at the door also with a $2 Mateel member discount. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8:30 p.m. Food, beer, wine, and refreshments will be available for purchase. Advanced ticket purchase is strongly advised for this April 16 concert at the Mateel Community Center in Redway.