Broadcast Date – September 13, 2023 (You’ll find the podcast player at the bottom of this post)
Now if you’ve been following my SEA AND BE SCENE adventures over the years – from those early days on line to the tv show and here on the radio you know how much we’ve enjoyed celebrating the spectacular songwriting and marvellous musicianship of Mr. Bruce Guthro over the years. Bruce was one of our earliest guests – grabbing him for a rapid round of INsights IN 10 following soundcheck at a songwriters circle back in 2010 – he couldn’t have been kinder or more gracious with his time and likewise in all the interviews that followed. As you’ve no doubt heard by now Bruce Guthro passed away last Tuesday, September 5th at the age of 62 and hearts all around the world broke wide open with the news. We took comfort in the fact that he passed away peacefully at his home in Cape Breton surrounded by his wonderful family – the love of his life – wife Kim and his sincere pride and joy – his son Dylan and daughter Jodi.
Since then the outpouring of kind condolences and touching tributes has been overwhelming – and rightly so. For a man whose music and lyrics moved so many, who’s artistry inspired so many and whose friendship encircled so many – attention must be paid – and his incredible spirit celebrated. So this Thursday, September 14th in Sydney’s Centre 200 at 7 pm and via live stream around the globe – you are welcome to watch as everyone from Alan Doyle to Matt Anderson to Matt Minglewood to Dave Gunning to Heather Rankin to J.P. Cormier to Gordie Sampson and stellar roster to long too list will gather to celebrate the spectacular life’s work for Bruce Guthro. Coming up at the end of the show we’ll connect with CoveFM’s own Stephen Antle – who’ll be one of the hosts at Thursday nights concert to hear more the big event as well as his longtime friendship with Bruce.
And as our little way of celebrating on the show today we’re going to air some of my last broadcast chat with Bruce – which aired back in June of 2020 when the world was put on pause due to covid but Mr. Guthro was still giving it his all – moving his much beloved songwriter’s circle online to help his fellow artists and benefit the venues who were missing out on the live shows too.
It was a lovely chat that included a fun round of 1st THINGS FIRST, a great look at how he got started – his most memorable moments with super group RUNRIG we even got some solid parental advice from the man and of course played as much of his marvellous music as we could within the hour. Now without further adieu his my telephone conversation with the one and only the late great Bruce Guthro. (You’ll find the podcast player at the bottom of this post)
The CELEBRATION OF LIFE FOR BRUCE GUTHRO will be held at Centre 200, Sydney, at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 14, 2023, and all are welcome to attend.
Funeral service, under the direction of Father Doug MacDonald, will be held at St. Joseph’s Parish, 34 Archibald Ave., North Sydney, at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 14, 2023. Due to limited capacity, this mass will be open to family and friends.
You can visit Bruce’s memorial page with the official obituary and share a memory here.
Donations may be made in Bruce’s memory to the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation in support of the Cancer Care Here At Home campaign: guthrocelebrationoflife.ca
Visit Bruce Guthro’s official website at bruceguthro.com
As mentioned – here’s our very first interview with Bruce captured between soundcheck and Songwriter’s Circle show at Casino Nova Scotia in Halifax all the way back in 2010.
We played lots of great music and all of the tunes are available on iTunes! To get your own copy click on the song title – “Falling”, “Walk this Road”, “Ivey’s Wall” and “Love Lives On” by Bruce Guthro, “Fiddle & Bow” by Natalie MacMaster (featuring Bruce Guthro), “All the Miles” by Runrig, “Broken Wings” by Jodi Guthro and “Do It All Again” by Dylan Guthro
Here’s that video Bruce was mentioning when he performed “Every River” with Runrig on that REALLY rainy night!