23 November 2011 - At 66 years old, Bruce Cockburn is a new father once again.
Iona Cockburn was born on Monday (November 20, 2011) in San Francisco to Cockburn and his longtime girlfriend, 36-year-old M.J. Hannett, his manager told The Canadian Press on Tuesday.
Iona is Cockburnís second daughter, born more than 35 years after his first, Jenny.
"Bruce would tell you that heís absolutely thrilled and just absolutely looking forward to being a father to his new daughter," said Cockburnís manager, Bernie Finkelstein, in a telephone interview Tuesday.
Cockburn, an 11-time Juno Award winner, released his 30th album, Small Source of Comfort, in March.
Finkelstein says the Ottawa folksinger cleared his touring schedule for the most part due to the pregnancy, with the exception of concerts through Eastern Canada set to begin Feb. 11 in Quebec and wrapping two weeks later in Liverpool, N.S.
That jaunt is making up for a cancelled tour in 2010, when Cockburn suffered from a bout of pneumonia that led to a partially collapsed lung.
Cockburn is also working on a memoir to be released sometime in 2013 with HarperCollins, Finkelstein added.
"The one thing this now means is that heís got more time on his hands to work on his new book," he said.
~ By Nick Patch, The Canadian Press, Nov 22, 2011