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 Bruce Cockburn
-The Tralf Music Hall-
By Bob Silvestri

Award winning Canadian singer songwriter Bruce Cockburn played to a packed house at The Tralf Music Hall in Downtown Buffalo on March 20th 2007. Performing solo he enthralled the audience with a two hour set of tender emotional songs along with a dose of politically charged material from his long career. Changing between a variety of acoustic guitars and employing ample use of delay, feedback and reverb he showed himself to be a deft and nimble guitarist as well. Starting the set with a beautiful rendering of “Last Night Of The World” you knew the night would be magical. Between songs Cockburn spun yarns about his songwriting process and his travels to political hotspots in Central America to recent trips to Baghdad and the Middle East. This led to one of the night’s most intense moments as Cockburn launched into “This Is Baghdad” a song about the troubling situation over there. Radio and fan favorites “Wondering Where The Lions Are” and “Lover’s In A Dangerous Time” were met with deserved enthusiasm from the crowd. The one two punch of “If A Tree Falls” and “Mystery” closed the set on very high marks. Returning for an encore he was met with calls from the crowd for probably his most well known song “If I Had A Rocket Launcher”. He opted out with a story about a concert in Europe and having thousands of people shouting the lyric from the song “… that son of a bitch would die” and the chilling effect it had and that perhaps the true peaceful meaning of the song had been lost on the audience. “Peggy’s Kitchen Wall” and a smooth blues instrumental were instead included in a four song encore. For more info on upcoming shows at The Tralf Music Hall go to www.tralfmusichall.com For more on Bruce Cockburn check out www.brucecockburn.com

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