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Hawksley Workman tackles Cockburn songbook

Tuesday, 10 May 2016 11:29

Hawksley Workman is no stranger to creating concert experiences that go well beyond rock show basics. He has numerous musical and cabaret productions under his belt including 2013's "The God That Comes".  His latest exploration is a foray into the protest songs of Bruce Cockburn alongside the Art of Time Ensemble.

The prolific musician is responsible for about a dozen studio releases to date, and his producer credits include just about everyone on the current Canadian singer songwriter map. From Great Big Sea, to John Southworth, and even international superstars Tegan and Sara.

Born in Huntsville Ontario, Workman started on the drums. He eventually moved to vocals and guitar, and found his way to Toronto when he decided to sing for his supper professionally. Currently he lives in Burk’s Falls Ontario, a move that came complete with a home studio bristling with sound gear. His talents as a producer, engineer and performer has given him a certain freedom when recording. His self sustaining abilities have freed him from the shackles of rock and pop record business. That means whatever has tickled his fancy, from new wave to jazz fusion, has found life in his recordings.

Hawksley Workman's latest focus has been on one of Canada's most beloved and misunderstood musicians: Bruce Cockburn. Workman recently interviewed the man behind “Lovers in a Dangerous Time” and “If I had a Rocket Launcher” for the Globe and Mail. The hope was to better understand his legacy within a country that often doesn't give Cockburn the credit he deserves. Needless to say, Hawksley Workman is a fan.

On Friday May 13th and Saturday May 14th, Workman will collaborate with the Art of Time Ensemble to create a classical pop re-imagining of Cockburn's protest songs.

Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore spoke to Hawksley Workman in the JAZZ.FM91 studios about his lengthy career and his trek into the Cockburn canon.

Keep an eye out for a new recording from Hawksley Workman in the not too distant future. It's going to have saxophone on it!

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