‘He just loved music’: Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Guthro dies at age 62


Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Guthro has died on the age of 62 following a battle with most cancers.

J.P Cormier, a fellow Cape Breton artist and shut buddy of the late Guthro, stated he heard of his demise Wednesday morning after receiving a name from Guthro’s household.

“We knew this was coming, people closest to him,” he stated, noting that Guthro had been sick for a couple of years earlier than circumstances worsened during the last month. “He didn’t deserve to go the way he went.”

“We had a conversation just a few weeks ago … he was strong in his faith, and I hope he’s somewhere good.”

Guthro, who was from Cape Breton, N.S., skilled widespread industrial success for his 1998 hit Walk This Road, which reached No. 1 on the Canadian nation charts. His album from the identical 12 months, Of Your Son, went gold in Canada.

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At the height of his success as a solo artist, Guthro joined Scottish celtic rock band Runrig — and carried out because the group’s primary vocalist for 25 years.

BBC additionally confirmed the demise on Wednesday morning after talking with Pete Wishart, a former Runrig bandmate.

“An exceptional singer, musician and song writer taken far too soon. We are going to miss him,” Wishart informed the BBC.

Grammy award-winning songwriter Gordie Sampson, an in depth buddy who described Guthro as a mentor, stated the 62-year-old was a “master” at his craft who continually uplifted different artists.

When requested about Guthro’s affect on Atlantic Canadian musicians, Sampson stated “There is a lot of Bruce in us.”

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“It’s easy for me to talk about Bruce as a legend, a mentor, and a songwriter’s songwriter but he’s just an amazing person and a great friend when you pull that out,” he stated.

“There was one year when I came home with a big award years ago … and by far, the best part of that award, was coming home and jumping right into Bruce’s (songwriter’s) circle and he lifted me up like a heavy-weight boxer that night.”

Sampson stated there was a “duality” to Guthro’s skilled profession.

“To us at home, he was a local guy … master craftsman, mentor to all kinds of us, and then he’d step off a plane in Europe and be the singer of Runrig,” he stated. “I don’t think in North America we have an actual true sense of how big that band was.”

“That’s pretty incredible when you think about it, to be a rockstar on two different levels,” he stated. “I don’t know anybody else in my lifetime that’s had that existence.”

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Tributes poured in from native musicians and public figures alike, together with phrases shared from Halifax Mayor Mike Savage on social media.

“I can’t express how sad I am at news of the passing of musical legend Bruce Guthro,” Savage stated. “Talented, dedicated and the best of company who truly cared about people.”

Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston described Guthro as a “stalwart of the Canadian singer-songwriter world” in a submit on Wednesday afternoon.

“He never wavered from fostering and encouraging the next generation of songwriting talent,” Houston stated.

Guthro’s contributions as frontman noticed Runrig’s 2007 album Everything You See obtain huge success, promoting tens of millions of copies and going platinum in Denmark.

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“The band retired in 2018 to a sold-out European tour, closing with two shows in Scotland to an audience of over 50,000 enthusiastic fans,” learn a blurb from Guthro’s official web site.

Despite spending half of his 40-year skilled profession touring by means of Europe, Guthro, who launched seven albums as a solo artist, remained true to his Nova Scotian roots as he continued to reside within the province.

Over the previous decade, he captivated audiences all through Atlantic Canada by providing a singular spin to dwell performances below the “Bruce Guthro Songwriter Circle” umbrella, which noticed the acclaimed artist share the stage with most of the area’s prime performers.

Cormier stated Guthro “virtually had three careers”, referring to the wide selection of musical roles he performed in numerous areas all through the years.

“The whole concept of the song circle in this country was virtually invented by him and there’s no way to measure how that affected all of us,” he stated, including that he’s been concerned in a number of of Guthro’s in style songwriting occasions himself.

“There’s nobody else on the East Coast that’s ever did what he did.”

Cormier described Guthro as anyone who was “never off”.

“It didn’t matter who it was, I watched him so many times interact with complete strangers like he knew them all their lives, and welcome them into a jam session, a camp site,” he stated.

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“He just loved music and people.”

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