The embodiment of exciting new Irish musical talent, Bernadette Morris breathes new life into traditional Irish folk songs and enthrals audiences with her modern versions of lilting Gaelic laments.
Moving audiences across Ireland, the UK and further afield, fluent Irish speaker Bernadette is fast making a name as unique performer, who delivers her sets with charm, passion and spellbinding delight.
Co. Tyrone born Bernadette Morris’ take on traditional and contemporary Irish songs has won praise and admiration from various quarters and has earned her a loyal following throughout the North of Ireland and beyond. Her long anticipated debut album ‘All the Ways you Wander’ has received critical acclaim and won her a larger audience. The album produced by Seán Óg Graham of Beoga fame has a rich mix of old traditional songs brought back to life and contemporary songs from the writing of Barry Kerr and John Spillane.
"Of the younger up and coming artists' records in the Irish traditional vein, Bernadette Morris' CD 'All The Ways you Wander' is one of the best this year. The overall style shows the growing influence of the new global wave of acoustic music with overtones of Americana and even a hint of Latin creeping into the rhythm from time to time. Bernadette's sweet pure voice rings clear above the rich and diverse arrangements, on a well chosen collection of songs, both traditional and contemporary. Fave tracks 'The Leaving Song', Lord Donegal, A Rovin' On A Winter's Night, Captain Glenn' and the old time waltz closer 'Sweet Forget Me Not'." PAUL BRADY
'From epic ballads that have stood the test of time to verses newly written, Bernadette Morris has an ear for great songs and a fine voice to bring them to new generations.' COLUM SANDS
Bernadette Morris has many strings to her artful youthful bow which she exhibits with competence and confidence. In her work as a TV producer she travels the files and archives of an Irish musical countryside plucking out gems for TV but also singing some of the best of them onto a new cd called 'all the ways I wonder' and onto stages all around that same countryside. You should try and catch up with her. It will be more than worth your while. TOMMY SANDS
With a range from the American old-timey of “A Roving On A Winter’s Night” through to the traditions of her home county of Tyrone in “Brockagh Brae”, Bernadette Morris has the ear for a good song and the abilty to do it justice. The production and arrangements of Seán Óg Graham bring out the best in the songs and in her.
Bernadette is also versatile enough to tackle contemporary songs like Barry Kerr’s “The Leaving Song” and the album’s title track, John Spillane’s “All The Ways You Wander” as well as Irish language material like “Molly na gCuach Ní Chuilleanáin” but the standout tracks for me are her lonely rendition of “Once I Loved” and the swing of murder and ghost ballad “Captain Glenn”.
BRIAN MULLEN (BBC)
Bernadette Morris, who hails from the hills of Tyrone and currently based in Belfast, has spent the last 23 of her tender 30 years, quietly immersed in music and song. From a musical family, Bernadette started singing and playing the fiddle at the young age of 7, and successfully competed in the Scór and Féiseanna all over Ireland for the next 10 years. Bernadette’s musical talents and love of performance quickly developed and her unique singing voice and musical talents were soon in high demand for various gigs, playing at venues and festivals all over Ireland.
After spending the past 10 years focusing on the day job as a successful television producer, she is now on the road in earnest, and is clocking up impressive performances at innumerous festivals including the massive Kell’s St Patrick’s Day Festival in Portland (US) Féile an Phobail - Belfast, Fleadh Feirste, Drogheda Art’s Festival, Liverpool Irish Festival and a recently ‘sold out’ gig at the Out to Lunch Festival, as part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival 2012, where she held audiences spellbound with her beautiful renditions of old favorites and contemporary sounds.
Passionate, professional and charming – here are some examples of the buzz on the music scene about Bernadette:
“Bernadette Morris, Obviously relishing the glorious setting, she gave an enthralling set of traditional and modern songs, mostly inspired by her Northern Irish roots. No mean fiddler either is she, sometimes accompanying herself and complementing the excellent work of Rohan Young on bodhran and Niall McCrickard on guitar.
No impatience for the headliner at this gig. The wait was a pleasure as Bernadette Morris, whether bouncing jauntily through her own arrangement or in soaring a capella, won over an audience and gained a following, as her voice filled the unique space that is the Palm House.”
– Gerry Donaldson, Sefton Park Palmhouse, Liverpool Irish Festival, 2011.
‘Bernadette Morris delivered one of this year’s Out to Lunch Festival highlights. She combines a powerful voice with a uniquely warm stage presence and an excellent repertoire of traditional and contemporary material.
Complemented by great guitar and bodhrán playing by Stephen Rooney and Rohan Young, and great fiddle playing by Bernadette herself, this is a show that totally charmed and enthralled our packed lunchtime audience.’
Sean Kelly Cathedral Quarter Art’s Festival 2012 – Belfast