Sat, Oct 14th, 8-10pm, Concert – CFMA multi-nominated Jon Brooks w/Brickhouse's Neil Cruickshank
“I write songs to calm those who’ve looked into, and seen, what is in their hearts.”
“I also write songs to terrify those who have not.” – Jon Brooks
Nearing the end of a year of travel in 1997 throughout Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and particularly, throughout war ruined Bosnia-Herzegovina, Jon Brooks discovered what kind of song he wanted to write.
In 2005, he began writing and performing that song – the song that looks for the soul of things.
In 2010 Jon became the fourth Canadian since 1975 to win the prestigious Kerrville (TX) New Folk Award. Founder of The Kerrville Folk Festival, the late Rod Kennedy, said of Jon: “(Brooks) speaks and sings words that need to be spoken and sung and he does it beautifully, perfectly, and with absolute finesse.”
He has now been nominated four times for ‘English Songwriter of the Year’ by the Canadian Folk Music Awards (2007, 2009, 2012, and 2015). Jon’s fifth album, The Smiling and Beautiful Countryside, was released November 1, 2014 by Borealis Records and was nominated for two 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards: ‘Contemporary Album of the Year’ and ‘English Songwriter of the Year.’
Neil Cruickshank has been a staple of the Vancouver music scene for over twenty years, playing with many different artists including Coco Love Alcorn, Soulstream, and Teresa Riley. Perhaps best known for his long tenure with Brickhouse, Neil brings solid backing vocals and textural guitar work to the table. His friendship and creative association with Jon Brooks stems back to their high school days in the 80's, making for a seamless, natural meeting of minds, ears and hearts.
Advance $15 (Showdate $20 / Kids $15) now @Char’s from 4pm daily, charge by phone (778) 421-2427, online http://bpt.me/2882776