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Published on Sep 7, 2007
Bill Bourne and Michele Josef perform "Grace" at Hugh's Room in Toronto.
Bill was raised in a musical family in rural Alberta. When he was 2 years old, he was known to sleep behind the piano at country dances. His parents played dance music in community halls in beautiful farming country. The love of nature and of music and of people gathering for celebration has been with him for his whole life.
Bill Bourne is a Juno Award Winning Canadian recording artist whose music is influenced by Folk, World Beat, Blues, Reggae, Mississippi John Hurt, Gordon Lightfoot, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, Tomatito, Flamenco, Mongolian Khumi, Greg Brown, Jazz, Miles Davis, Madagascar Slim, African Highlife Guitar, Eivor Palsdottir and Taj Mahal etc.
Bill has performed solo and in various collaborations and bands/musical groups at noteworthy festivals including, The Montreal Jazz Festival, The Tonder Festival, The Stimmen Festival, The Winnipeg Folk Festival, New York City Folk Festival, The Milwaukee Irish Festival, The Strawberry Festival, Celtic Connections, The Port Ferry Festival and many other Folk, Blues, World and Rock festivals, as well as many great concert halls like The Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver, B.C., and The Mozart Saal in Vienna, Austria.
Bill Bourne describes his music as dance music. "If you can walk you can dance - music is good therapy and a vast help for the human condition; music is a great benefit to all living things", says Mr. Bourne, who resides in Canada.