Penguin Eggs – Winter 2012 – CD Review

Since his first solo CD in 2006 Jon Brooks has delivered beautifully crafted and intricately literate songs based in his view of the world. A world which is a seemingly depressing and cruel place, but through his eyes, a world littered with shards of grace in amongst the glowing promise of hope that we humans have to cling to.

With aptly sparse arrangements and help for his gritty down to earth voice from the likes of Lynn miles and Carrie Elkin, Delicate Cages delivers that and more as we follow his journeys across the country, meeting an assortment of characters from cab drivers in Fort McMurray to cage fighters in Toronto, whose career choices were born in child soldiers in Sarajevo. “The Lonesome Death of Aqsa Parvez” mirrors the daily newspaper stories of honour killings with particular poignancy.

But as I said there is hope and beauty and a tender side as well in pretty tunes like “Madeleine” and particularly the lovely and spritely “Hudson Girl”.

I like a man not afraid to deal with the big questions in life and especially one who can come to this conclusion after going trough a list of things, both shallow and profound he has admired throughout his life.

“Ah but now that I am older
it’s mercy that I admire most”

Jon Brooks’ Delicate Cages – it’s a good ‘un.

les siemieniuk

Date City Venue Country
10/31/14 Topeka, KS Last Minute Folk” United States
Time: 7:00pm. Address: 4775 SW 21 Street. at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Topeka $12 in advance, $15 at door Buy Tickets
11/01/14 Indianapolis, IN The Flying Cat House Concert Series United States
Time: 7:00pm. Informal chat and pot luck 6 PM- 7 PM. Concert 7 PM- 9 PM. $10.RESERVATIONS ONLY: 317-466-7953 Buy Tickets
11/02/14 Columbus, IN The Americana Music Series United States
Time: 7:30pm. Address: Unitarian Building 7850 Goeller Rd. $12 advance/ $15 at door.Advance tickets @ Viewpoint Books- downtown Columbus. 812-603-350
11/07/14 Livonia, MI Trinity House Theatre United States
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 38840 W. Six Mile. Opening act Bob Cole Buy Tickets
11/08/14 Livonia, MI Trinity House Theatre United States
Time: 12:00pm. Address: 38840 W. Six Mile. If I Had A Rocket Launcher. The pros and cons of protest, polemic, and prayer in songs—as well as the onstage banter between songs. Successful and unsuccessful examples will be offered and discussed from early folk tradition to contemporary rap, ’90s grunge, ’60s revivalism, and British pun Phone: (734) 464.6302 Address for both the concert and songwriting workshop 38840 W. Six Mile Reservations: Buy Tickets

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