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MUSIC : On the road, with a tale to tell

By Alita Rickards  /  CONTRIBUTING REPORTER

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The man who defines himself as the Hi-fi Hobo is taking his guitar and a rented scooter back onto the highways of Taiwan for a nationwide tour over the next six weeks. Scott Cook, Canada’s prairie balladeer, will be playing a series of more than 15 shows which began last night at Sappho de Base with special guest David Vorster.

His road trip will take him around the east coast, first stopping in Hualien for a couple of shows with Mister Green, winding down to Kenting for Spring Scream, and coming back up the west coast with shows in Kaohsiung, Tainan, Changhua, Taichung and Taipei.

He’ll be reuniting with his former band The Anglers for the latter leg of his tour from April 30, ending up at Roxy Roots on May 7 for a last big show, and at Alleycat’s Pizza in Tianmu on May 8 for a final small show (free of charge).

Well-crafted acoustic roots music and honest lyrics enrich Cook’s songs, which tell a rambling rendition of life on the road, love lost and found, and strange characters met and befriended. His solo debut Long Way to Wander — which made the folk and roots Top 10 on Canadian college radio — was recorded in Taiwan in 2007, where he lived for six years. He has toured extensively since then, most recently to promote his second album This One’s on the House.

Cook’s humble charm and growling, intimate voice have been known to make girls get dreamy-eyed, dancing the night away at his live shows. Reviews of his music frequently refer to campfires and creeks, and he’s a local legend in the live music scene in western Canada. He played 137 shows and 13 summer festivals last year alone across North America.

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PERFORMANCE NOTES

What: Scott Cook’s This One’s on the House Taiwan Tour 2010

When: Through May 8

Where: Various venues around the country, and at Spring Scream. The next show is Wednesday from 10pm at All-Star Live House, 403 Linsen Rd, Hualien City (花蓮市林森路403號). NT$250 admission includes a drink

On the Net: For tour dates and venues visit www.scottcook.net/news.php


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