B & The North
|14-Jan-2008 09:22 pm||Contributed by: pete||Concert Reviews|
Bernadette Gernon (vocals, guitar) is originally from Ireland, but the band B & The North are a Toronto-area group that just returned from a long tour in the U.K. supporting the legendary rock band Status Quo. During that stint they played a variety of arena-sized venues, including Wembley Arena, so coming back to Toronto and playing the stage at The Horseshoe must've either felt oddly restrictive, or possibly like a huge relief.
I headed out to see B & The North mainly due to Neal Lyons (guitar, vocals) who I met after an illScarlett concert in July. He's a friend of the band, and for better or worse he's been immortalized in the lyrics of the song One-A. Bernadette is very easy on the eyes, and while dressed in a tight black dress, she filled the gaps between songs discussing her lucky bra and telling a story about her panties (or misunderstandings about the lack thereof)... but more in a matter-of-fact manner than what you might be imagining.
Outside of being a singer/songwriter, Bernadette trains and rides horses, and I think some of that work carries over into her music with its country rock sound (although some songs were definitely more rock than country). And even though my eyes were constantly lured to Bernadette, it was the band that drew most of my attention. Their playing was quite tight, probably due to the long stream of shows they just played in the U.K.
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