Fresh Tracks: John Barry Cossar

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John Barry Cossar. — Photo submitted by Dan Rubin

John Barry Cossar is a rising star in the Newfoundland music scene. At the age of 60 he has just released his first full-length recording, “Another Bridge to Burn.” His songs are being compared to the country/folk ballads of Steve Earle, Bob Dylan and John Prine, full of power and grace. As a performer, he moves people to tears with his honest, humble insights into life, love and the challenges we face. Among local musicians he is already recognized as one of the province’s great songwriters. Cossar’s songs are brilliant blendings of passion with well-crafted lyrics. Audience response confirms it: these songs pierce you to the core with their heartfelt simplicity and deft turn of phrase. Cossar is a songwriter to reckon with, who continues to develop new material, adding to the more than 40 recent songs already written. He has just released his second recording with funding from MusicNL. “Another Bridge to Burn” was completed in September, with more than a dozen other prominent musicians contributing to the recording, including Chris Kirby, Rick Lambe, Rick Hollett, Rozalind MacPhail and Dan Rubin. Cossar ‘s CD launch will be held Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Gower Street United Church Hall. Click HERE to listen to the title track. — Submitted photo by Dan Rubin

Organizations: Gower Street United Church Hall

Geographic location: Newfoundland

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  • Dan Rubin
    October 14, 2011 - 18:10

    Breaking News: John is on OUT OF THE FOG tonight and tomorrow playing the title track from the new CD. ALSO John's new website is up! Check it out at

  • Dan Rubin
    October 14, 2011 - 11:54

    We invite everyone who knows John's music to join us on Saturday, November 19th at the Gower St. United Church Hall for his CD launch. Guest artists will include Chris Kirby, Rick Lambe, Rozalind MacPhail, Dan Rubin and others, to be announced. Tickets are on sale now at Fred's Records and O'Brien's Music ($10 advance, $12 at the door.) We hope to see you there! Please tell your friends.