An icon in the Great White North, a cult fave in the U.S., Canadian Bruce Cockburn has as solid a body of work as any in the singer-songwriter game. He's more literate than most, etching short stories, getting deeply philosophical, or ripping into grim agents of avarice and injustice, his anger and sharp satire flashing. Cockburn's also a superb guitarist, combining with violinist Jenny Scheinman on the new Small Source of Comfort for several compelling instrumentals that drift into swinging jazz. Elsewhere the vibe is folky, as Cockburn images Tricky Dick Nixon reincarnated as a welfare mom (no, seriously), waxes poetic about the wonders of nature, and reflects on soldiers killed in Afghanistan. Scheinman, who bridges the worlds of jazz, rock, and the avant-garde, will perform as a member of Cockburn's band in addition to doing an opening solo set.
Mon., May 23, 7 p.m., 2011