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Barney Bentall


The Salmon Arm Folk Music Society is proud to present Juno Award winner and Canadian songwriting legend Barney Bentall in this intimate concert at Song Sparrow Hall.

Canadians first met Barney in 1988 as leader of the Legendary Hearts when MuchMusic embraced an indie video of the heartland anthem “Something to Live For.” Next, a self-titled Epic Records album sold over 100,000 units and earned the group a JUNO Award for Best New Group.

While his catalogue overflows with stellar music in the vein of the best of Blue Rodeo, Jackson Browne, John Prine, Ian Tyson, Ron Hynes, and Tom Cochrane, Barney’s musical legacy are a gift of songs as quintessentially Canadian as hockey, winters, long roads, breathtaking landscapes, and sitting around a campfire with friends and family.

A rugged, fiercely ambitious songwriter who combines intensely personal artistry with a broader vision of a public figure coming to terms with his ordered life as a musician, as a songwriter, as a husband, as a father, and as a son while turning in his most urgent, and forceful performance in memory.

As his life began moving at a dizzying speed, Barney was swept into a circle of peers that included Blue Rodeo, k.d. lang, The Tragically Hip, Colin James, 54.40, and The Odds. His career education took place in parlaying strong grassroots popularity into a national following; and by playing to crowds in seedy bars to concert halls and arenas all over Canada. At its peak, the band was playing 200 dates a year, graduating from touring in a van to a motorhome to tour buses.

“My solo work is very important to me,” he sums up. “Right now, I’m focused on what I am doing on my own, but the other projects keep me learning, travelling new pathways, and keeping music vital for me.”

Know before you go

The Salmon Arm Folk Music Society follows BC Provincial Health Authority and/or the Interior Health Authority directives:

  • We look forward to welcoming you back to the sights and sounds of the 30th ROOTSandBLUES Festival in beautiful Salmon Arm. We are committed to the health and safety of our musicians, attendees, volunteers, sponsors and stakeholders and this year is no exception. In accordance with the BC Provincial Health Authority, and/or the Interior Health Authority, all directive restrictions, whichever is more stringent, will be observed.
    All policies are subject to change without notice. Please check this page prior to the event start date to ensure you have the latest information on measures we have in place to protect our community.
  • For information on British Columbia’s current public health order, CLICK HERE.


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