Bruce Guthro integrates his Canadian based solo career with his Celtic
roots and band activities in Europe.
Half of all the songs on the album are newly written Bruce Guthro songs, but all recorded with the organic celtic pop sound.
The legendary producer / musician Donal Lunny (Paul Brady, Indigo Girls, Elvis Costello, Kate Bush, Rod Stewart and Sinead O'Connor) has collected a number of Ireland's best musicians, and produced the songs in a melodious celtic pop-/rock tone that along with Bruce Guthro's unique and magical sound of his "Celtic voice" no doubt creates a memorable album.
Since 1998 Bruce Guthro has been the lead singer of the super popular Scottish band Runrig. In this context, the repertoire is based on Celtic rock, inspired by in the Scottish Highlands.
Both before and during the period as leadsinger in Runrig, Bruce has kept his solo career running, with a more American inspired repertoire. Bruce has recorded 5 albums, of which 2 of them are released in Denmark.
If you have visited Nova Scotia, you know that this area in Canada is very Scottish in nature. Most of the culture and history of Nova Scotia is built around the European influence, predominately that of Scotland, especially the music. Town names such as New Glasgow, Inverness, and Dundee, a Gaelic College, and Highland Game competitions all testify to this. But it is the general feel of the landscape and spirit of the people that win your heart in Bruce's homeland. So it was indeed quite natural for Bruce to record this album, which will be called "Celtic Crossing"
From mid November Bruce will be touring Denmark. Right now he is starting to prepare for the 6 exclusive concerts.
DK tour 2011
is the legend of all legends: created by a god, predicted by a sorcerer,
found by a man – an ancient secret which is now revealed in music.
In summer 2009 17,000 visitors in the Kaltenberg Arena in Bavaria
experienced an extraordinary musical “Round Table” with over 70 stars
of Celtic, Folk and Rock music – among them were Alan Parsons, Johnny
Logan, founding members of “Barclay James Harvest”, “Supertramp” and
“Jethro Tull” along with members of “Fairport Convention” and many
more. So, one of the most revolutionary all star projects in decades
was given its birth! After a successful first tour through Germany
in January 2010 with more than 70,000 visitors, Robert Wagner Entertainment
has now succeeded in adding two new reknowned artists to the cast
for the next tour – Celtic music legends Moya Brennan of “Clannad”,
singing the role of Viviane, Lady of the Lake, and Bruce Guthro
of the Scottish Folkrockband “Runrig” in the role of “Lancelot” .
June 22 ,
Tours EXPERIENCE “CELTIC COLOURS” INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
one of the Most Beautiful places in the World and Bruce’s Home CAPE
Bruce Guthro can’t think of a better gig than the Songwriters’ Circle.
consists of him and his peers in a circle listening to and talking
you get out of that is when we as songwriters all look at each
“You kind of get a different vibe.”
is hosting his third Songwriters’ Circle tonight at Casino Nova
someone is setting up their song, and I have question or comment,
more like you just sat in a living room setting where Valdy and
who is from Sydney Mines, is spending September and October
late October he hopes to begin working on a new album, with a
time it will probably be more folk-pop,” he said. “The last
will be different than any other album. That’s kind of what I try
June 17, 2008
Fans have come to know and love Bruce Guthro as the lead singer of the Scottish super group Runrig. Although in these parts he is less known as a solo artist, Guthro’s native Canada has been celebrating him as a star in his own right. Now he is looking to win over Germany. On Tuesday at the “Harmonie” venue in Bonn, he entertained a crowd of 400 with a two-hour concert and an evening that couldn’t have been topped.
Concert-goers are not only impressed by Guthro’s voice but also by his ability to tell entire stories with his songs, composing melodies and lyrics that get right under the skin. Case in point: his award-winning song “Falling”, which tells the story of a father, who wants to see his son after 20 years of separation. Country, folk, pop, jazz, and rock: Guthro includes it all in his repertoire – and with considerable success. The set list – mainly compiled of songs from his albums “Of Your Son”, “Guthro” and “Beautiful Life” – turned out to be as multifaceted as the musical accompaniment provided by four Danish musicians: Their interplay with Guthro resulted in a perfect performance and an audience brimming over with enthusiasm at the end of the evening.
420 fans enjoyed Bruce Guthro’s concert at the sold-out “Ebertbad” venue, where they were treated to an evening of protest songs, sea shanties, jazz and rock – not to mention country music.
They did get their autographs – after all, 420 of his followers had previously joined Guthro’s spontaneously founded choir, willingly singing along to each chorus. In between songs Guthro recounted funny anecdotes, such as the story about his uncle who, out of principle, refused to shake the Canadian prime minister’s hand during a metal workers’ strike. “Ivey’s Wall” is the title of the song Guthro dedicated to his uncle.
Early-morning “drama” after a night of heavy drinking
Guthro is adept at folk, jazz and rock; he sings protest songs, love songs, even an a capella sea shanty, and always reverts back to country. Within seconds, his Nova Scotian voice takes on a different dialect, sliding 1,000 miles to the South. Much like the accompanying saxophone, he adds a southern twang to “Roses”, a funny song about the drama that ensues after a night of heavy drinking.
Then Bruce turns “this beautiful little theatre into a Southern Baptist church” and, once again, the audience is happy to act as choir singers – “Walk This Road” being, of course, one of those songs you simply can’t sing sitting down.
May 5, 2008
Bruce Guthro, frontman of Scottish band Runrig, wows fans with good
songs and a no-frills stage presence at the “Colos-Saal”.
Aschaffenburg, Germany, "Im alten Hinterhof" – On Thursday evening at the “Colos-Saal” Bruce Guthro surprises his audience with a spontaneous translation into German of the chorus of “In The Old Backyard”. Enthusiastically, his fans join in, clapping to the beat of the folk-rock song. The singer, known for being the frontman of Scottish band Runrig, is a past master at winning over an audience. The Canadian artist writes honestly and passionately about his observations of the world around him. Singing about life in his warm husky, voice, he communicates emotions intuitively, as though he has experienced them all. Whether he’s singing about hard times in “Hopeless” or about effortless love in “Good Love”, Guthro is equally convincing. In addition to presenting songs from his latest solo album, “Beautiful Life” (2005), he also performs hits from his previous albums. The words of Guthro’s songs echo in our ears, with ballads such as “Touch” particularly adept at touching the soul. In “Montreal”, his jazzy homage to the eponymous city, virtuoso saxophone, bass, keyboard and drum solos reflect the vibrant life of the Canadian metropolis.
Guthro transcends the musical boundaries of pop, folk and jazz, harmoniously blending elements of the various styles. Accompanied by four outstanding musicians, he captivates his audience with his distinct live sound and no-frills stage presence.
Back home in Canada, Guthro has already earned various accolades. He has received 3 Canadian Radio Music Awards (“Best Solo Artist”) as well as 9 East Coast Music Awards (including “Songwriter of the Year” and “Pop Artist of the Year”). Yet, despite his success, he has remained natural and down-to-earth, and connects readily with his fans.
Guthro’s lyrics describe a “Beautiful Life”, a life which features both ups and downs, and his songs strike a perfect balance between melancholy and zest for life. It’s good to hear that, ultimately, it is the latter that prevails, true to the artist’s motto, “Let the sunshine in!”
April 28, 2008
Bonn. - The parking lots around the venue are filled with cars decorated with various Runrig and Scottish flags. Are Runrig, by any chance, performing at the “Harmonie“? Not quite, but close.
Charismatic Runrig frontman Bruce Guthro has embarked on a solo tour, including a gig in the Endenich district of Bonn. Considering that he usually tours the bigger stages of the world with Runrig, this is the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal with the charming Canadian.
Ahh, a solo project. Another one who wants to earn a little money on the side? Far from it! Even before joining Runrig, Bruce Guthro had made a name for himself as a solo artist in North America. His roots lie – as revealed by numerous songs in his repertoire – in country and folk music.
Without a doubt, his strength lies in his distinctive and brilliant voice, which produces even more “goosebump-inducing” moments on a small stage. He is accompanied by four Danish musicians, who are all masters of their trade.
Guthro’s latest album, “Beautiful Life”, leans toward jazzy tunes of the quieter kind. On stage, however, he presents his songs with more verve and a lot of improvisation from his band mates – an approach which goes down very well. Add to this a few of Guthro’s older, more folk- and country-like songs and the setlist strikes a perfect balance.
Anyone who had hoped that Guthro would sing a Runrig song may have been a little bit disappointed, but the fact that he didn’t in no way detracted from his successful performance.
Those who prefer to see Guthro playing with Runrig will have the opportunity to do so at Bonn’s Museumsplatz on July 15.
March 27, 2008
Rhapsody Tours is excited to announce a tour has been planned for all Bruce Guthro fans for the fall of 2008.
This is your opportunity to visit Bruce's little corner of the world, see the splendour that is Nova Scotia and spend time with Bruce as he shares some of his favourite places and inspirations. You will also enjoy an intimate performance with Bruce.
For further details please visit Rhapsody Tours.
March 17, 2008
German original published by Musix magazine, March 2008
Before playing a few select gigs with his Runrig band mates this summer, Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Guthro has another German tour scheduled for April. Another one? Yes, back in January, Guthro already showcased himself and his songwriting skills in various intimate club settings.
It was those “small” yet superb concerts that people enjoyed enough to ask for a “second helping” – and the Canadian pop star’s current album is definitely worth being made available to as many listeners as possible. While “Beautiful Life” is literally overflowing with emotions and harmonies, it’s still quite a quiet album, varying between pop, folk, country and singer-songwriter tunes. At the heart of “Beautiful Life” are, of course, Bruce Guthro’s warm, pleasant voice combined with the Runrig singer’s likeable personality. Anyone who wants to experience the “real” Bruce Guthro up close and personal should be sure to make a date in their diary for April.
March 17, 2008
What do artists do when the muse simply isn’t flowing? They steal ideas from others. Or so Bruce Guthro’s story goes. “I actually grew up listening to James Taylor and Bob Dylan”, recounts the lead singer of Scottish rock band RunriHis influence on some of Runrig’s tracks soon becomes clear, with many of Guthro’s own titles slightly reminiscent of the Scottish band’s repertoire. Guthro’s humour, together with his song lyrics which are both melancholic and amusing, all make for the perfect evening’s entertainment. crowd erupts in laughter, and the singer proceeds to reveal the result of his act of desperation: “Desperate Times” is a country song featuring the appropriate lyric line “desperate times call for desperate measures”, although thankfully it is not even faintly reminiscent of Hasselhoff.
Throughout the evening, the Canadian singer’s cheerful and candid personality keeps shining through. In his home country, Guthro fills big venues, having released number-one hits and platinum albums. While he may have to set his sights a little lower in Germany, the wholeheartedly enthusiastic audience response suggests that this is likely to change after his first solo tour. Chances are we won’t get another shot at seeing this artist in such an intimate setting. This will come as no surprise to anyone who has taken a closer look at Bruce Guthro’s strong songwriting and live performance skills, not to mention his likeable personality.
Musically, his fourth solo CD, “Beautiful Life”, falls somewhere between The Eagles, Sting and Garth Brooks. In his songs, Guthro blends well-crafted radio pop with down-to-earth country and folk tunes. What sounds good on the studio version – though often a bit too smooth – is even better live, due to Guthro’s passionate interplay with his excellent four-piece band, which lends structure and depth to each song. Besides obligatory heart-warmers, such as the contemplative “Falling”, various fast-paced songs made the set list. Especially worthy of mention are “Good Love” and “Dig in Deep”, which make you get up and dance – or rather, would make you get up and dance if this wasn’t a seated concert. However, during “Walk This Road”, the last number of the formal set, the crowd shifts into party mode, exuberantly celebrating the song. For his gripping and extremely diverse show Guthro receives a standing ovation.
February 28, 2008
BARENAKED EAST COAST MUSIC! IS NOW ONLINE - http://www.cbc.ca/eastcoastmusic/fullepisode.html.
EAST COAST MUSIC! hosted by Steven Page of the Barenaked Ladies is a one-hour national TV program celebrating Canadian Music, East Coast Style featuring the very best musical performances captured at various locations and events throughout the 2008 East Coast Music, Awards, Festival & Conference. The fast-paced show will have special performances by Meaghan Smith, Jenn Grant, hey rosetta!, Joel Plaskett Emergency, Tom Fun Orchestra, Dave Gunning, and Ron Hynes. It will also include segments from a special ECMA 20th Anniversary Concert featuring Lennie Gallant, Damnhait Doyle, Ashley MacIsaac and Bruce Guthro. The program is produced by Dream Street Pictures in association with CBC and the East Coast Music Association.
MAINZ, GERMANY - When Donnie Munro, charismatic frontman of popular Scottish group Runrig, left the band in 1998, 400 singers auditioned for his job. Then along came Canadian singer Bruce Guthro, whose pleasantly clear yet velvety voice tipped the scales in his favour.
Runrig’s successful follow-up albums with the new lead singer are evidence that the band have never had any cause to regret their choice. Recently, on his “Beautiful Life” solo tour, which included a show at the Frankfurter Hof in Mainz that was definitely worth seeing and hearing, 46-year-old Guthro proved that he can wow an audience even without his Scottish band mates.
It is quite striking to note that Guthro’s clear voice sounds even better in his solo work than with Runrig. On “Beautiful Life”, his fourth solo album, the singer-songwriter made sure to tailor his serene and soulful songs to his very own style. Guthro’s band members – on saxophone, bass, keyboards, and drums – mostly keep a low profile, allowing his voice to prevail. Furthermore, the Nova Scotian singer, who hails from Atlantic Canada, entirely forgoes any stage show extravaganza but prefers to let the music speak for itself. The venue was almost sold out, with about 250 visitors spending the evening dreaming away in their seats, enjoying Guthro’s autobiographical lyrics, which describe a walk to the waterfront, his first trip to New York City or a conversation with God (“I’m a very spiritual person”). His catchy tunes reflect his positive attitude towards life. Here and there, Guthro switches gears and invites the audience to join him, for example in the rollicking sing-a-long, clap-along number “In the Old Backyard”.
Much to the audience’s amusement, Guthro also tells funny stories about growing up on the rough east coast of Canada. “We were eight boys and one girl in my family. The boys got one room – and the girl got the other room. There’s no justice.”
In “Montreal”, a true jazz bar number, Guthro declares his love for his favourite city in the world, while during the second set of the show, he completely switches musical styles: The country song “Roses” shows that his influences are rooted not only in Celtic, but also in North American music. To top off the evening, the Canadian singer performs a gospel song (encouraging the audience with, “Can I have a hallelujah?") and proves, once and for all, that he won’t be pigeonholed. His audience happily joins him as he ambles between styles, rewarding him with several standing ovations.
Compared with the 4,000 fans that showed up for Runrig’s concert in Hamburg’s City Park last summer, the Markthalle was comparatively quiet. But then again, Bruce Guthro is not Runrig – he’s “just” the band’s lead singer. Unlike his shows with the Celtic folk rockers, his German solo shows draw only a few hundred fans.
But those who did attend the concert certainly didn’t regret buying a ticket. Deftly steering a fine line between pop kitsch and rock rhythms, this Canadian artist is not only a talented singer-songwriter: thanks to his band, he is also able to weave touches of jazz and folk expertly into his repertoire.
But Guthro can do more than write catchy tunes. Songs like “Jerusalem”, in which he sings about the futility of religious wars, demonstrate clearly why his lyrics are definitely worth a closer listen. Furthermore, he proves to be a friendly, witty and charming conversationalist when chatting to the audience. Introducing his song “Montreal”, he praises the city of the same name as “the sexiest city in Canada” – and with a wink and a smile, adds that the international award should, of course, go to Hamburg. Thanks to Guthro’s charming and relaxed personality, his solo shows may well attract an audience of Runrig proportions before too long.
December 20, 2007
After more than two months touring overseas, Bruce Guthro is looking forward to coming home and playing what he described as his “favourite gig in the world — bar none.”
The Sydney Mines native returns to the island Friday to co-host a Songwriter’s Circle with fellow Cape Bretoner Gordie Sampson at Smooth Herman’s where talented singer/songwriters J.P. Cormier and Lennie Gallant will round out the circle. Admission is $15. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.
“They’re a real simple gig because everybody sings songs in turn so you just get to sit and enjoy the music of your peers while you wait for your turn to come around again,” said Guthro. “With the (songwriter’s) circles, everything is just spontaneous; you don’t know what’s going to come out of my mouth and I don’t know what’s going to come out of anyone else’s, so you end up having some fun and picking on each other a bit and hearing some new songs and the standards you expect to hear from everybody. They’re just a lot of fun.”
Guthro said Sampson approached him about participating in the songwriter’s circle in Sydney and he jumped at the chance to see some old friends, play music and come home around the holidays.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve been down during the Christmas season because when you move away and have kids, you end up building your own traditions in your family, in your own household,” he said. “But I have a lot of fond memories of growing up with the brothers and the parents and being around the kitchen table at home, as well, so it’ll be fun to get back home.”
In addition to his own successful solo career, Guthro is the lead singer with popular Scottish group Runrig which toured Europe throughout October, November and the first part of December.
“Runrig are a big band so they’re steady going,” he said. “Everything’s been pretty much sold-out over there. The band has just dropped a charity single with the Tartan Army, who are basically Scotland’s football fans, and that was No. 1 on the Scottish sales charts for the past three weeks so that all spun off into some incredibly packed shows and good fun.”
Back home now for a few weeks, Guthro will travel back overseas in the new year to tour Germany and Denmark as a solo artist in support of his 2005 album Beautiful Life, which was just released in Germany this fall. But for now Guthro is enjoying a brief break from the hustle and bustle of touring.
“You can have all the fun in the world on the road and it’s nice to do what we do but it’s nothing like sleeping in your own bed.”
Replacing a charismatic lead singer in a long-established band tends to be a balancing act – one that has doubtless driven many a hopeful vocalist to the edge of a nervous breakdown. There are examples galore of new frontmen – hoping for a meteoric rise to stardom – who ended up flat on their faces in the limelight. But then, there is also the occasional success story, such as Bruce Guthro. At the end of the 1990s, he was granted the honour of becoming a member of the highly successful Scottish band Runrig. Replacing lead singer Donnie Munro at the microphone was no mean feat – even for award-winning Canadian singer Guthro, whose diverse accolades include Canadian Radio Music Awards and East Coast Music Awards. In spite of all the aforementioned challenges, Guthro has literally blossomed while working with Runrig: Ten years later, he is still the band’s lead singer and, at the same time, has successfully forged an equally strong solo career. In Canada, he regularly hosts the TV show “Songwriters’ Circle”. Moreover, even without his Scottish band mates and equipped instead with reflective solo material, he fills bigger venues with ease. All this sets the stage for Guthro to release his new album “Beautiful Life” in Europe and finally make his breakthrough as a solo artist in these parts. However, fans of Runrig’s rugged, Celtic- and Scottish-tinted music are in for quite a surprise: Guthro presents his solo work in true Canadian singer/songwriter tradition – mellow and measured, with sprinkles and dashes of jazz and swing. Equipped with an unexpectedly dominant piano, Guthro creates a cocktail party mood, which previously would have been easier to associate with his fellow Canadian Michael Bublé.
Fronted by Canadian singer Bruce Guthro, Scottish folk rockers Runrig are currently touring big venues in Germany – a schedule that does not appear to be sufficiently taxing for Guthro, since he has recently released a solo album and will be touring Germany next January as a solo artist. In an interview with musix, Guthro talked about his life with Runrig, his solo career and, of course, his new CD, “Beautiful Life”.
musix: In your “other” life, you are the lead singer for legendary Scottish band Runrig. How do you manage to maintain two very different musical identities: big-venue rock concerts with Runrig on the one hand, and mellow singer-songwriter tunes as a solo artist on the other ...?
Bruce Guthro: By taking one thing at a time. I have often compared my career to that of an actor. Always playing the same part would be boring. I love the big Runrig productions and huge audiences, but I sometimes miss the intimate atmosphere of my solo shows. My own shows are more about the stories behind the songs, which makes the whole experience a more personal one.
musix: Do you prefer one to the other?
Bruce Guthro: Growing up, I listened to everything from Black Sabbath to James Taylor. I enjoyed both equally – but for different reasons. I can say the same for my solo career and my work with Runrig. My solo stuff may come a bit more naturally to me because I have personally experienced a lot of the things I sing about. At the same time, I enjoy the challenge of performing with Runrig.
musix: Some songs on “Beautiful Life” are reminiscent of “Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong. There is a similar classical vibe ...
Bruce Guthro: Thank you! It is always an honour to be compared to the classics, but it would certainly take a while for me to attain Louis Armstrong’s legendary status. I don’t think my album was intended to pay homage to a specific artist though. I always try to record a well-balanced CD that can be enjoyed as a whole rather than trying to be a one-hit wonder. I wanted to make an album that I would enjoy listening to and that gets better every time I listen to it. Louis Armstrong recorded albums with easy-listening melodies, using first-rate classical orchestration techniques. I think I’ve achieved that, though ultimately, it is up to the listener to decide.
musix: “Beautiful Life” sounds very mellow and relaxed. Are you a relaxed guy? You sound as if you are at peace with yourself.
Bruce Guthro: You could say I’m pretty chilled out. It takes a lot to get me upset. But once I am, it’s not pretty. I grew up with seven brothers – and that probably toughened me up a little. I have also learnt to laugh about things that make other people lose their cool.
musix: But you are not at peace with the world, are you? The song “Jerusalem”, in particular, suggests that.
Bruce Guthro: Funny you should say that. I view “Jerusalem” more from a journalistic perspective. I don’t try to take sides. I only paint a picture that tells a story. But it worries me that this world is such a political place where our problems can no longer be resolved through talking. I think any god would want us to treat each other with respect and love as opposed to ignorance and violence. The healing process can’t start until we begin to listen to and understand each other. Maybe at that point we can “Give Peace A Chance”.
musix: You have a hint of country in your voice, but the album is neither country nor folk. It even has jazz elements to it.
Bruce Guthro: I just wanted to make a great album – without thinking about genres. There are few things I like about country music. Some people say they don’t like country songs, but I have always been of the mind that there are only two types of music – good and bad.
musix: The guitar and piano on the album sound great. Did you play any of the instruments yourself?
Bruce Guthro: Just some guitar ... I prefer focusing on the vocal work and the sound of the tracks. There are so many great musicians out there who devote their lives to playing a musical instrument, and that is why I hire them. Besides, I love hearing other people’s ideas.
musix: In Canada you are very well-known, and in Europe you are famous with Runrig. But here in Germany, your solo career is still in its early stages. A new challenge?
Bruce Guthro: Absolutely. But it’s an exciting challenge. Someone once said, “A change is as good as a rest.” It allows you to reach a new audience. I have often said that the Germans are one of the best audiences in the world, and I’ll say it again. They are incredibly respectful towards the music, so I’m really looking forward to my German shows.
musix: You are currently on tour with Runrig, and next year, you will be back with your solo concerts. Which songs should we expect to hear? Are you going to sing early hits like “Livin’ In The 90s”?
Bruce Guthro: I won’t go back that far. I’m going to play a lot of songs from my new album, add in a couple of my Canadian hits and some audience favourites. Plus maybe a few brand new songs and some funny stuff about the lighter side of life ...
musix: What does your future look like?
Bruce Guthro: I will record and perform as long as people want to hear my music. It’s such a big part of me – I’d be lost without it. And while I can’t speak for the other Runrig members, I don’t see that train coming to a halt any time in the near future either.
November 13, 2007
In Europe, Canadian Bruce Guthro has been known simply as the lead singer of Scottish rock band Runrig – up until now that is.
His new solo album is likely to bring him success as a solo artist in Germany. In “Beautiful Life”, Guthro draws on classic songwriting techniques, digging deep into the history of American rock music. At the same time, he considers himself to be a transatlantic musician. “There’s a switch in my head that allows me to move back and forth between Runrig and Guthro with ease. I don’t separate my music into different genres,” Bruce explains. “The more I travel around the globe, the more I experience the world as an entity, which makes it easier for me to conceive music as an exciting experimental playground and allows me, for example, to weave both American and European music seamlessly into my songs.” It is in doing precisely this that the singer blazes his own trail – presenting himself as an inspired storyteller who knows how to capture entire life stories in the lyrics of a single song. Perhaps the best example of this is the track “Someone”, which tells the story of a pregnant woman who, despite her husband becoming an alcoholic due to his failing career, does not lose her love or loyalty for him. Less traumatic and consequently all the more heavenly is the piano ballad “Beautiful Life”, which turns out to be subtly reminiscent of “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door”. Meanwhile tracks like “Holy Road” and “Jerusalem” follow in the footsteps of classic songwriters like Jackson Browne or Bruce Hornsby. “Unlike Runrig, who have been cultivating a very specific kind of songwriting over the last 30 years, I am – as a solo artist – still going through a growth process, which makes me want to experiment with different musical styles and studio musicians,” says Guthro. In “Beautiful Life” he certainly proves that his sense of harmony is already well advanced.
October 23, 2007
Below are stations that are playing Bruce Guthro!
Spreeradio will introduce “Beautiful Life” Oct 29th on the evening show “Claudias Welt” (Monday to Friday 8 pm - 11 pm German time). They will play one track of the album each evening - you can listen here: www.spreeradio.de
“Beautiful Life” is
released in Germany on October 26th!
October 16, 2007
Bruce Guthro & Band - Presented by MUSIX / Melodie & Rhythmus / kulturnews / AMM / deluxe TV
“Beautiful Life” is released in Germany on October 26th!
Bruce Guthro is bringing his honest, straight-to-the-heart songwriting to the Marigold Cultural Centre.
Troubadour and storyteller, Guthro’s music gets to the heart of the matter, and his success can be attributed to his ability to connect with his audience. His songs cross the boundaries of pop, folk, and jazz and showcase the vast abilities of the songwriter to put into words many diverse experiences as though he has lived them all.
The Sydney Mines musician’s newest record, Beautiful Life, was released in Denmark in 2005 and is now the third solo recording by Guthro. Clearly his most personal work to date, Guthro was involved in every level of production on the recording, and stayed true to his convictions and artistic vision.
Guthro has also been, for the past eight years, lead singer for the Scottish group Runrig, which has a strong following in Europe and is growing internationally. In addition, he has been seen on CBC Television, acting as host of Songwriters Circle.
Guthro will perform at the Marigold Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. The show is the season opener for the Marigold and a meet and greet reception will follow the concert.
Tickets for Guthro’s Truro show are $25 and are available at the Marigold box office or by calling 897-4004.
This is exactly what Tonder has done for the past 33 years, 10 of which I have had the pleasure of being part of.
Carsten is always a welcome face to see when musicians land here. One hand on his pipe, the other extended in friendship. He has been a long standing fixture in Runrig’s career and a personal friend of mine as well.
The players here have come to make up a bit of a family over the years. With its diverse music and many stages you never know who you may sit across from sharing stories.
I hope to play at Tonder for many years to come. It has an X factor that is rarely found in this very large festival world.
So many memories flow from this place it has a way of taking hold of you and making you wish for next year to arrive quickly.
It was where I played my first gig with Runrig AND my first solo gig in Europe. I have enjoyed every song I’ve sung, every beer I’ve drank and every friend I’ve made at this festival.
It will always have a very special place in my musical heart.
July 17, 2007
After the last song in Silkeborg, Jof from RecArt surprised the band by coming on to the stage to present each of the band members a Platinum Disc to celebrate the success of “Everything You See”.
After 5 weeks at the number 1 spot in the Danish National Album charts, the band was delighted with the news. Jof joined the band after the show for a toast. It was a fantastic way to finish the Danish summer shows.
You can track the progress in the charts by clicking here.
June 3, 2007
Starting on July 1, presented by the town’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, the weekly free concerts are a wideranging outdoor showcase of the East Coast’s finest talent each Sunday at 7 p.m.
Bruce Guthro kicks off the series on Canada Day, followed by country singer J.D. Clark on July 8, ECMA-winning band In-Flight Safety on July 15, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Gordie Sampson on July 22 and indie rock favourite Joel Plaskett Emergency on July 29.
In August, Pogey perform Maritime folk tunes on Aug. 5, the progressive folk duo Madviolet appears on Aug. 12 and Cheticamp’s multi-talented J.P. Cormier provides the Granville Green finale on Aug. 19.
Granville Green is located on the Port Hawkesbury waterfront.
In case of inclement weather, backup indoor facilities will be used and announced on the day of the concert.
Bring a blanket or chair for comfort, and make sure to arrive early to catch up and coming youth artists on the stage at 6:45 p.m.
For further information, contact the Port Hawkesbury Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department at 625-2591 or visit www.granvillegreen.com.
May 25, 2007
After extensive radio play for the singles “Year of the Flood” and “Clash of the Ash” and much positive critical acclaim from both the music and general press, the No.1 slot has been achieved.
“Everything You See” is now celebrating its second week at No.1 and has achieved Gold status.
The band are naturally delighted with the news and would like to thank all the team at RecArt Records for all their belief, hard work and dedication.
You can view the chart here.
December 22, 2006
I see Andy has the fan club orders piling up, we're having a lot of fun working on the design. We're putting it together with an exciting Halifax based company called “Brussel Street New Media”. I can't wait to get the doors open and welcome everyone in. I believe we have an amazing community of friends and music lovers growing in the Champagne Club but I'm a little worried. I'm going to have an awful lot of champagne to drink after we hit a million.
It's been a great year of changes and learning but I truly believe we are on a solid upswing coming to the end of 06. The foundation has been laid to build a good strong musical house. I expect 07 will be an extremely busy year for both solo and Runrig careers. I look forward to the challenges, pitfalls and triumphs. After all, life is not about the destination, it's all about the journey.
I wish you all a peaceful holiday season and happy prosperous new year. Be good to yourselves and each other, for without the deeds that only you and God recall this big ol’ world just wouldn't turn at all.
October 13, 2006
BRUCE GUTHRO is living a double life, but all in all, it’s a Beautiful Life, to use the title of his third and newest solo CD. As one of Atlantic Canada’s best singer-songwriters he currently hosts the highly popular, quarterly Singer-Songwriter Circle at Casino Nova Scotia. And on Thursday Guthro begins an East Coast tour also in Casino Nova Scotia with two solo concerts, in which he will include some of the songs from the new CD.
As the lead singer of Scotland’s veteran Scottish folk-rock band Runrig Guthro is frequently on the road in Europe. The band celebrated its 30th anniversary before 10,000 fans at Stirling Castle, Scotland, two years ago. Devoted fans travelled from England, Germany and Denmark to be there. Nine years ago when Guthro joined Runrig as lead singer, Dean Cameron (President of EMI Canada) advised him, “It’s not a good idea to split your career.”
“The truth of the matter is the jury’s still out on whether he was right or wrong,” Guthro said in an interview last week. “Right now it’s difficult to work on both levels. The roadwork is grinding. But Runrig gives me a chance to see things I never would have done without them.” A little over a year ago, in Times Square, New York City, Runrig played a concert for the New York 2001 firefighters. The firefighters gave Guthro a specially illustrated guitar that was one of 100 presented by an American instrument company to every fire station involved in the World Trade Centre disaster.
A Runrig CD, Stamping Ground, was found in the debris that fell to Earth following the Columbia space shuttle disaster in 2003. A track from that CD, Running To The Light, had been astronaut Laurel Clark’s early morning wake-up call. “Her husband had it framed and presented it to the band,” Guthro said.
Back home, on the heels of his third sold-out Casino Singer-Songwriter Circle concert with Ron Hynes, Susan Crowe and Lennie Gallant at the end of September, Guthro’s 11-concert tour of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and P.E.I. precedes the launch of his new solo CD. While details are still being ironed out, Beautiful Life will be in stores after Oct. 24, says Guthro’s agent Stephen Antle. With all this going on, you wonder how Guthro finds the time — and the mental space — to write songs.
“I do a lot of it at night down in my home studio,” Guthro said. “I go down, noodle on the guitar with headphones on (it’s a great sound), go through old songs. The only time I really focus is at crunch time. I have to get away or spend a lot of time late at night.” Guthro constantly shapes, reshapes, goes through as many as seven pages of scribbled notes before typing anything into the computer. He gets the words right, then adds the melody, puts on a drum loop and tries it out.
“I usually have to play it for somebody. My wife, Kim, is my sounding board. I play it for the band, for fellow songwriters. I usually can tell (if it’s any good) by the reaction — raised eyebrows or Wow!”
Sometimes Guthro tries out a new song in the Songwriters' Circle concerts. One such tune, New Orleans, is not on Beautiful Life, but has taken on a life of its own. He sang it in the September Song Circle at the Casino to thunderous applause. It’s a wrenching account of a man whose wife drowned during Hurricane Katrina when he could no longer hang on to her hand. “I sang it at the Canadian Country Music Awards dinner. Capitol in Nashville called me and asked me to get it to Tim McGraw,” Guthro said.
But Guthro has never considered himself as a country singer. “In the studio I just focus on making a great record — I don’t like pigeon-holes. With me it’s just about keeping it fun. I grew up in a house with seven brothers, one sister and one record player. Everybody had their own taste. “I grew up listening to everything.”
Beautiful Life was recorded in Denmark. The band includes several Danish musicians, contacts Guthro made through his appearances at the Tonder Festival. It also includes bassist Jamie Gatti, guitarist Jamie Robinson, drummer Dave Burton, reedman Chris Mitchell and pianist Kim Dunn. The sound of Beautiful Life is a soft-rock sound. The range of ideas and emotions within that sound bears witness to Guthro’s sense of life as a whole in which love, place, personal grief and compassion do not ignore the disasters like the London subway bombings and the World Trade Center horror, but also do not focus on them. They are songs that centre ordinary people within the larger community. Nova Scotia is clearly a part of the world, not sealed off from it, and that is a recipe for a beautiful life.
On his East Coast solo tour, Guthro’s band will include pianist Dunn, Robinson and bass player John Chiasson.
October 13, 2006
SYDNEY — There are many rewards for a career that spans two continents for Sydney Mines singer-songwriter Bruce Guthro. The air miles alone make the trip worth the while for the multi-award winning crooner, who touches down at the Savoy Theatre Saturday night.
Last count, the solo artist — as he’s known in Canada — and Runrig lead singer — to fans in Europe — has accumulated more than one million of the travel rewards. “I was running back and forth all August and July across the pond,” says Guthro.
Although sometimes tiresome, he says the many miles he accumulates make homecomings all the more enjoyable. “It is always great to be back home. It is such a musical audience in Cape Breton. Everyone in the audience plays something or sings. “It is great to be home.”
Guthro’s tour schedule sends him near and far as a solo artist — and then there are those five months a year he spends touring Europe with Runrig. Big crowds have followed the Scottish group in his eight years as a member — as many as 50,000 for some shows. Guthro expects smaller, more intimate crowds on his current 10-stop Maritime tour to promote his new album, Beautiful Life. His third solo album won’t be released here until Halloween, but is already enjoying success in Denmark.
“This is definitely more like the Of Your Son record with Falling and Walk This Road.” While proud of his new project, Guthro has trouble pinning down one particular musical style to describe the album. Reluctantly, he narrowed it down to a “pop with jazz and Celtic overtones” description.
Fans may recognize some of the same influences on the album as his previous work. Different this time out is the extra work Guthro put in behind the scenes, though. “The whole album has been hands-on. I co-produced it; the marketing and putting this whole plan together has been very much a hands-on affair. It is a learning experience to see that side of everything.” Fans will get the full musical experience of his latest release at Saturday’s Savoy show as Guthro will be accompanied by a full five-piece band.
The show will include selections from his new album and old favourites. Segments may also be recorded for a new project.
October 12, 2006
What do former Baywatch star David Hasselhoff and Halifax's Bruce Guthro have in common? They're both popular musicians in Europe.
“I doubt people realize it,” said Guthro, who has performed with the Scottish folk-rock band Runrig since 1998. “There is a core fan base that has an idea of what is going on over there.”
The band, which has been around for more than 30 years, plays to crowds of 3,000 to 10,000 people – more when Runrig performs at folk festivals.
“Their music is so different than what I do,” said Guthro, who performs solo at Casino Nova Scotia tonight and tomorrow.
His two performances are in support of his new album, Beautiful Life. It's his third solo album, but the Sydney Mines singer still gets nervous before it hits the store shelves.
“My analogy has always been that this is a newborn baby, and you always wonder how it is going to be accepted in the world, and how they will work out. You can't help but worry about that.
“It gets a little easier, musically,” he said. “I settled into myself a little bit more musically, and am more comfortable with where I am going and who I am.”
He said the album is closer to his first solo project, 1998's Of Your Son, than his 2001 release, Guthro, which was more electric and pop rock than acoustic.
“It's still me as a singer-songwriter. Ultimately, it's another album, and how I see the world right now. Musically, it's real sound, no walls of distorted electric guitars or that sort of thing. It's kind of a strong piano-based album.”
There are 13 songs on the album, ranging from ballads to up-tempo songs, love songs and political ballads – like the title track.
It used to be called You Ain't No Bob Dylan, and was inspired by an Ottawa DJ who compared Guthro to the legendary singer. When Guthro told his brother about it, he laughed.
“I wanted to write a song about it, and a lot of the lines in Beautiful Life were robbed from Bob Dylan,” he said. “There are a lot of people out there in positions they shouldn't be in.”
Guthro had about 20 to 30 songs ready to go on the album, slowly narrowing it down to 10. Once he settled into the album, he wrote a few more to tie it together. He calls it an experience in forced creativity.”
“Sometimes they are bridges between songs, sometimes they're just what the album needs,” he said. “When I write, I write all over the map. I grew up listening to everything. I grew up in a big family and there was one record player.
“If you put the album on from start to finish, it's sewn up pretty nicely,” Guthro said. “There are jazz overtones and Celtic overtones, but I don't find it strays too far away from the centre line of the album.”
He says part of the reason is that he used the same musicians on the album, unlike Guthro, which had players from all over the world and a numerous producers.
“They had so much to do with the sound on the record,” he said.
Following his Halifax performance, Guthro will do a tour of the Maritimes before flying back to Denmark - where some of his concerts have already sold-out.
“I am playing for 300 to 1,000 people,” he said. “My career is still building, but it sure is nice to see some sold-out shows.”
Magic has been made in the Birdland Studio in Århus with Kristian Gislason on the faders and Bruce G at the microphone. Runrig’s front man presents his solo act in the most outstanding manner – in the guise of light jazz and Bruce Hornsby-like sounds. James Taylor also has a bit part somewhere on the list of influences.
Bruce Guthro’s voice has a healing factor and a presence percentage close to 100 – sensitive without seeming cloying and stifling in its interpretations. His voice has great sensuality and is set in an exquisitely designed framework of sound, characterized by floating, airy elements. After “Full Blown Star” it’s arguable that there should have been greater selectivity ... a certain impression of going through the motions and recycling song templates is discernible.
Up to this point though, the cup overflows with good, solid compositions – especially the album opener/title number “Beautiful Life”, which has a fantastic flow both musically and textually. The same intense atmosphere is successfully captured in “Montreal”, which floats away like a balloon in a cloudless, deep-blue summer sky. The song “Holy Road” has a similar resonance, and here the lyrics have a delightful ambiguity that is incredibly fine. “Gwyneth’s Song” is a successful solution to a lyric that could easily have drowned in sentimental country schmaltz. As I say, ten songs – not necessarily thirteen – might have been preferable. But I award my four stars above all for Bruce Guthro’s penetrating vocal performance, which can breathe life into even the most mediocre of songs.
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