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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
04/24/14 Jon Brooks in Oakville The Moonshine Cafe Canada
Time: 8:30pm. Address: 137 Kerr St. with Maria Dunn Buy tickets
04/25/14 Jon Brooks in Hamilton, ON Workers Arts and Heritage Centre Canada
Time: 7:30pm. Address: 51 Stuart St. Venue phone: (905) 522-3003. with Maria Dunn http://mariadunn.com/
04/26/14 Jon Brooks in Inverary, ON Rankin Gallery Canada
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 3248 Round Lake Rd.. with Maria Dunn http://mariadunn.com/
05/02/14 Jon Brooks in Saratoga Springs, NY Caffe Lena United States
Time: 7:30pm. Address: 47 Phila Street. Buy tickets
05/03/14 Jon Brooks in Clifton Park, NY Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library United States
Time: 12:00pm. Address: 475 Moe Road. Buy tickets
05/03/14 Jon Brooks in Long Island, NY Folk Music Society of Huntington United States
Time: 8:30pm. Admission: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Address: 30 Washington Drive, Centerport (at the Eastern border of Huntington, off Route 25A). at The Congregational Church of Huntington Buy tickets
05/04/14 Jon Brooks in Stony Brook, NY WUSB 90.1 FM United States
Time: 9:45am. Live interview with Charlie Backfish on Sunday Street, now entering it’s 36th year. Buy tickets
05/04/14 Jon Brooks in Phoenicia, NY Empire State RR Museum United States
Time: 7:30pm. The Flying Cat Music Series at The Empire State Railway Museum in Phoenicia. 70 Lower High Street. $13 RSVP and $15 at the door. 845-688-9453
05/06/14 Jon Brooks in Roxbury, NY WIOX 91.3 Mostly Folk with Artie Martello United States
Time: 10:00am. From 10:00-11:55 AM. Listen online http://tunein.com/radio/WIOX-913-s128515/

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