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’ is sure to merit critical acclaim and win 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.
The embodiment of exciting new Irish musical talent, Bernadette Morris breathes new life into traditional Irish folk songs and enthralls 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.
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, even singing and playing for President Mary McAleese at Machaire Rabhartaigh Gaeltacht, where Bernadette was teaching Irish.
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, Culture Night Marketplace Armagh and a ‘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
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It was brilliant!!! – Dolores Rocks Coiley
Really enjoyed you in the Black Box yesterday- Yvonne McAleenan
A friend bought me a ticket, I had never heard you sing, I went along yesterday and had the most amazing lunchtime experience of my life!! The atmosphere was something special, and your voice gave me goosebumps!! – Mary Cathcart
Marvellous gig didn't want it to end. Good luck in Glesca, and for the future. What a beautiful voice and charming "lassie". Gra mor from me and mo chara AJ Hughes! – Mic Magennis
Bernadette will be releasing her Debut Album early in 2013.
Place of Birth – Dungannon, Co.Tyrone
Family: Bernadette comes from a large, traditional Irish family of 6 girls and 4 boys.
Style: Bernadette revives old traditional and folk songs singing both in English and in Gaelic. As well as singing, Bernadette also plays the fiddle and tin whistle and is a fluent Irish speaker.
Base – Bernadette is based in Belfast and is available for performances throughout the UK, Ireland, Europe, US, Canada and Australia.
Links to performances available at website and on her Facebook page or contact her directly.
Tel: 00 44 (0)7918641996