Performing in Northeast Saskatchewan, and Northwest Manitoba April 2019
Photo by Anna Gillespie
Veteran Canadian folk artist Bill Bourne has the whiskey soaked, smoke cured voice of a barroom poet who has been around the block more times than he can remember.
"A one man tour de force... who sings, plays guitar and writes with deep soul." - Mike Regenstreif / Tom Russell
Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous house concert network is thrilled to present Bill Bourne on the Borealis Trail’ house concert series this April touring Northeastern Saskatchewan and Northwestern Manitoba. The Borealis Trail tour kicks off March 31 in Prince Albert, SK. Full schedule is below, and online → homeroutes.ca
Borealis Trail Dates - Bill Bourne
March 31, 2019 Prince Albert, SK
April 2, 2019 Carrot River, SK
April 3, 2019 Greenwater Lake Provincial Park, SK
April 4, 2019 Norquay, SK
April 5, 2019 Swan River, MB
April 6, 2019 The Pas, MB
April 7, 2019 Flin Flon, MB
April 9, 2019 Flin Flon, MB
April 10, 2019 Cranberry Portage, MB
April 11, 2019 Prince Albert, SK
April 12, 2019 Big River, SK
To attend any of these shows, please contact Home Routes/ Chemin Chez Nous HERE or via email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or call: (204) 480-3380, Toll-free in Canada: 1 (866) 925-6889. The full Home Routes schedule can be accessed online at homeroutes.ca.
About Bill Bourne
The traditional image of a spiritual seeker does not usually conjure top hat, boots, shades and a '68 Lincoln Continental, let alone a Gibson flat-top to go with, but like any living tradition, it's open to change.
Born into a musical family with deep poetic roots*, Bill Bourne is a gifted and creative musician. An activist for social justice and an 8 time Juno Award nominee and winner, this one man tour de force has been critically acclaimed across the western hemisphere for his recordings and live performances. Voodoo King, his most recent recording, was dubbed "...as much performance art as it is musical. Stellar." by the respected Doug Sloan of Metronome Magazine. Gary Joyner of the San Diego based magazine Acoustic Guitar adds - "This powerful CD's 11 masterful songs are full of broken hearts and reflective regrets balanced by a street wise philosophy of acceptance." Phrases such as 'an intelligent songwriter'; 'exquisite'; 'raw'; 'inimitable'; 'eerily beautiful'; 'significant and compelling performances'; 'a true mystic'; are used to describe Bill Bourne's music.
Long highway miles between moments of communion and magic have given his music and his vision a kind of breadth and depth that is rare.
The road, both paved and metaphysical, runs through all his music. He has seen more of this country and several others than most of us ever will. You can hear it in his music, steeped in Cajun, Celtic, World Beat, Flamenco, funk - and a lot of blues.
There is also a perspective that is not the world-weariness one could reasonably expect, but rather a deep connection with both a river of song and an energy that is distinctly spiritual. It is a generous, sensual kind of spirit, in the way his fingers stroke the strings on that flat-top, the intimate tremor in his voice and the way the music itself dances.
Small town Alberta might also go some distance to explaining Bill's comfort with space; with the kind of wide shot perspective in both his music and his words. He grew up in a farming family and learned the value of hard work early on.
Bill has been an important part of roots music for a long time. He was a member of Scotland's Tannahill Weavers for several years, with world renowned piper Alan MacLeod for a time, then with fiddler Shannon Johnson, blues greats Hans Staymer & Andreas Schuld, and most recently with Tri-Continental. His work with Madagascar Slim and Lester Quitzau (Tri-Continental) has been very well received on both sides of the Atlantic. Bill's current collaboration with Eivør Palsdottir of the Faroe Islands is a deep, and powerful musical union that is undeniable in it's shine and relevance. There are 12 recordings of this musical journey and an armful of awards and nominations.
*Deep poetic roots include Bill's great grandfather, Icelandic poet Stephan G. Stephansson.
The Borealis Trail is a project of Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous, presenting Canadian and international artists to audiences throughout Canada. Home Routes’ programming emphasizes artistic excellence, and diverse and entertaining performances that leave audiences breathless and wanting more.
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Bill Bourne Links:
Borealis Trail Schedule: https://homeroutes.ca/homeroutes-artists/bill-bourne/
Listen on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-084dbvFcVU