"Bruce Cockburn" (IPA ; phonetically: "co-burn") OC (born May 27, 1945) is a Canadian folk/rock guitarist and singer/songwriter. He has recorded over 25 albums, and written songs ranging from folk music to jazz-influenced rock to rock and roll.
Cockburn was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and was a student at Broadview and Nepean High School (he was occasionally seen in the parking lot playing guitar out the side of his van for a few female onlookers, but did not take music). He then attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, a school for would-be professional jazzers and popsters for three semesters in the mid-'60s before leaving: "I got a lot out of it, but it didn't feel right to continue there." During 1966, he was asked to join an Ottawa band called "The Children" which lasted about a year. In the spring of 1967, he joined the final line up The Esquires before moving to Toronto in the summer to form The Flying Circus with former Bobby Kris & The Imperials members Marty Fisher and Gordon MacBain and ex-Tripp member Neil Lillie. The group recorded some material in late 1967 (which remains unreleased) before changing name to Olivus in the spring of 1968 by which poin...