An authentic and sensitive storyteller, Bernie’s inspired narratives come alive with his resonant vocals, and are complemented by skillfully crafted guitar and banjo arrangements. Bringing decades of performance experience to the stage, Bernie’s warmth and playful spirit connects with audiences instantly, providing an enriching and refreshing concert experience.
Originally from Ottawa, Bernie has performed in a number of groups throughout his performance history, including: “Deep River,” “The Tulip Valley Boys,” “The Wild Geese” and “Scallywag.” His styles range from folk, to country, Celtic, blues and bluegrass, all of which influence his solo performances and songwriting.
“another path”, Bernie’s debut recording, was produced by Bill Garrett and released in 2005. Thirteen eclectic songs are inspired by stories of characters living in the realm of his imagination and his own personal journeys. “another path” Includes stories about a disaster in Temagami Ontario and his travels in Africa, and is evidence of Bernie’s strength as a writer and musician.
Bernie’s recording, “Oil Boom!” is a ten-song chronicle of stories inspired by the 150th anniversary of the first Discovery of Oil in North America. Commissioned by the Lambton County Museum and Fairbank Oil Properties of Petrolia and Oil Springs, “Oil Boom!” embraces the proud history of the Lambton County Community with honest perspectives of its founding role in Canadian oil heritage. While celebrating the triumphs and tragedies of the oil boom frenzy, Oil Boom! captures the haunting memories of the squeaking jerker lines and the thumping of original oil pumps in the Lambton County oil fields.
Bernie’s third full length CD “Sea Fever” features original and traditional Celtic songs with his band “Scallywag“ and was produced by Paul Mills.
A strong influence for Bernie’s writing and performing comes from his commitment to humanitarian work in rural Africa.
“Bernie Gilmore has a unique voice in Canadian music that should be heard by all. The characters and stories that come alive in his songs reflect our heritage and culture in an entertaining way. With his rich baritone voice and his strong guitar work his shows are not to be missed”.
– James Gordon