Roots balladeer making his way into Cumberland

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Scott Cook

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Roots music lovers are converging for a very special yard concert event in Cumberland on Aug. 15 with Scott Cook.

A roots balladeer with a rare personal warmth, Cook has managed to distill stories collected over a decade of touring across Canada, the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Australia into straight-talking, keenly observant verse.

Road-worn, painfully honest, and deeply human, his tunes weave threads of folk, roots, blues, soul and country over spacious fingerstyle guitar and clawhammer banjo arrangements.

Cook is truly one of the hardest-working DIY troubadours on the road today, averaging over 160 gigs and a dozen festivals a year. All the hard miles notwithstanding, he still believes that songs can change your life, and your life can change the world.

"Scott Cook has distilled his travels down into songs powered by a sharp eye for imagery, a healthy dose of humanity, and that unforgettable voice, that at the same time intones the rigors of the road and the most comfortable couch you have ever slept on, " noted David Francey, three time Juno-winning songwriter.

Limited tickets available. Email media@elevatethearts.com to reserve your patch of lawn and get directions to the private venue. $15 per adult. Kids free. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair. Yard opens at 7:30 p.m. One hundred per cent of the ticket sales go directly to the artist.

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