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“I believe in the divine, something at the centre of the universe”.

Bruce Cockburn’s spirituality has ranged from traditional Christianity to welcoming his neighbourhood church choir into his San Francisco studio, to add their voices to songs he’d written.

And elements of that spirituality, along with reflections on themes from poetry to politics, inform Cockburn’s new album, Bone on Bone.

Produced by Colin Linden, Cockburn’s longtime collaborator, the album has a groove that is built around the musicianship of Cockburn on guitar/vocals, Colin on slide guitar/vocals and the stellar core accompaniment of bassist John Dymond and drummer Gary Craig (Blackie and the Rodeo Kings).

It took Bruce 3 years to write his book Rumours of Glory and he wasn’t sure if he could write another song again – but then along came the line “I’ll give you 3 Al Purdys for a 20 dollar bill” and everything flowed from there.

Terry David Mulligan met up with Bruce and Colin at the Vancouver Island Music Festival this summer, just after they’d finished recording Bone on Bone. This week the Stew features their conversation and tracks from the highly anticipated new release. In one hour you’ll hear seven songs from the new album and two singular Canadian voices – Bruce Cockburn and Colin Linden.

Mulligan Stew airs 5-7pm MT Saturday.