Update 2020 -2021
With an unbearable sense of loss I learned my great friend and drummer Vincent Gal passed away august the 26th 2020. Vincent has been our drummer-percussionist for over 20 years and I am grateful to have been able to experience him as a friend and musician through life events and our unforgettable performances, both in the Netherlands, Germany and Scotland.
Like every artist suffers from the Corona pandemic we miss performing live before an audience. I occasionally do a livestream on Facebook (see ‘Gigs’) but this can’t beat a real live performance.
With a new drummer, a worthy successor to Vincent, on the way, I hope to see you again soon, solo or with the band.
What others say…
“It would be easy to say that listening to a typical Bernard Brogue track like Birdwatching conjures up the same mood as Solid Air or Pink Moon but nowadays there are a multitude of singer songwriters who invoke the names of John Martyn and Nick Drake in an effort to share in their magic and give the impression that they stand on the shoulders of those giants.
I’ve been lucky enough to have co-written several songs with Bernard and I’ve seen that effort provide us with songs of which I am immensely proud. It’s sad to say but almost inevitable that, in this day of marketing and consumerism, even someone as individual as Bernard has to be filed under a particular category in order to be heard and so, if I was drawn, I would say his music could best be described as Celtic jazz, which he sets against contemporary lyrics that let us into his wandering heart. Now that is unique.”
“(Brogue’s) songs are full of emotion, warmth and devotion… sometimes comfortless and mysterious, but always with a catchy melody line. The biggest compliment I can give to Brogue is that he is reminiscent of Nick Drake without being a straight replica.”
Newfolksounds, dec. 1999
“With his combination of folk and jazz singer-songwriter Bernard Brogue is popular in the Netherlands and in Scotland (…). On Trick of light you can hear why: the man knows how to write good, catchy melodies.”
Music Maker, dec. 2013
Bernard Brogue is a singer /songwriter, reminiscent of John Martyn, Nick Drake and Bruce Cockburn. He performs both solo and with his band with Michael Gustorff on fretless bass, Rob Lokhorst on saxophones and flute and Vincent Gal on drums and percussion.
In 1996 his song ‘Down River’, (later released on ‘Birdwatching’ ) has been voted second in a very high standard singer-songwriters contest at the Edinburgh International Festival. This achievement brings him to London for a small but successful solo tour (Bunjies,The 12 Bar).
September 2006 he releases his second CD ‘Escape the day’ and the single ‘ Not before Christmas’, which has been broadcasted on several Dutch radio-stations. Other projects follow (2013 ‘ Trick of light’, 2017 ‘Laif o laif’, in the Groningse dialect with Tammo Tamminga).
In the meantime Bernard tours both solo and with his band in the Netherlands and performs in august 2013 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival at Scotland’s oldest concert hall St. Cecilia’s Hall. Currently he is writing new songs and recording an album of solo-versions of older material and yet unreleased songs.
Born 1958 in Leverkusen (Germany), is a well-known and highly respected performer throughout Europe. He has been considered one of the finest jazz violinists in contemporary jazz before he switched from the violin to the bass guitar. Michael has often been featured as a guest soloist with major bands and orchestras, among them the radio big bands of Berlin and Frankfurt, the Millennium Jazz Orchestra, Dick de Graaf Septet, Trio Nuevo, Michael Gustorff Quartet and The Gust. He has worked with famous musicians such as Jiggs Whigham, John Taylor, Ted Nash, John Engels, Henk Haverhoek, Bert van den Brink…. to name a few and has played festivals and clubs all over Europe, Canada and Asia (Deutsches Jazz Festival Frankfurt, Leverkusener Jazztage, North Sea Jazz Festival, Dublin, Imatra, Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto, Quebec, Bangalore, Barcelona, Helsinki, Madrid, Seoul..).
Michael can be heard on numerous CDs. For more information about his career as a violinist, please visit: www.gustorff.com. His great expertise as a soloist provides him with the unique insight into what singers and soloists need on stage and how to support them the best as a bass player. Michael Gustorff teaches Improvisation, Jazz Ensembles, Band Coaching and Mental Training at the ‘ArtEZ University of the Arts’ in Arnhem, The Netherlands. He also worked as a teacher at the Codarts Conservatory Rotterdam, The Netherlands from 1990-1997 and the ‘Hochschule für Musik und Tanz’ Cologne, Germany from 1992-2016
Due to COVID-19 there are no gigs scheduled at the moment
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Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
Phone: +31 6 27177673