Folk

Bruce Cockburn: Fencing Fancies

PUBLISHED IN THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR ON AUGUST 7, 1997 TO ADVANCE CONCERT AT THE FESTIVAL OF FRIENDS, GAGE PARK,   BRUCE COCKBURN : FENCING FANCIES   By Nick Krewen     Songwriter Bruce Cockburn has rattled a lot of sabres over the years with his politically-driven music. So it should come as no surprise when he reveals that his most recent Hamilton visits involved a favorite pastime: fencing. “For a…


A Keen Observer

Published in The Kitchener Waterloo Record, July 24 1997, to advance a performance at Friday, July 25 at the Hillside Festival in Guelph, Ontario   A KEEN OBSERVER   By Nick Krewen We don’t have a picture of folk singer and songwriter Dan Bern to show you, and perhaps it’s just as well. The 31-year-old Iowa native, who headlines tomorrow (Friday) night at Guelph’s Hillside Festival, is concerned about retaining…


The Bird of Paradise returns

This feature appeared in The Toronto Star on March 30, 1997   NICK KREWEN     The Bird Of Paradise is back. TONY BIRD, the Malawi-born, Zimbabwe-raised singer and songwriter whose musical plumage offers feathers of blues, folk and country in his self-proclaimed “African folk rock,” returns to Toronto next week for two rare concert performances at The Rivoli on April 4 and The Water’s Edge Cafe on April 9….


The McGarrigles’ Matapedia

  Nick Krewen Toronto Star Thursday, November 28, 1996   “We had no intention of turning professional. We didn’t even think of this as a career.” Anna McGarrigle is sitting at a table in one of the Lakeshore Boulevard offices of MCA Concerts Canada next to her older sister Kate, attempting to explain the anomaly that has resulted in seven highly respected albums and 20 years of wonderful folk music,…


Michael Scott: Lone Waterboy

  NICK KREWEN Hamilton Spectator Thursday, February 29, 1996 As founder of Scottish rock group The Waterboys, singer and songwriter Mike Scott gained worldly insight and experience during their 12 year, six-album existence. So it’s surprising when the 37-year-old Scott, wearing a bright red shirt and matching red cap, divulges an unlikely source of inspiration for Bring ‘Em All In, his first post-Waterboys solo album: Dr. Seuss. “I was renting…