Bernard Carney has been a long time Fairbridge Festival family member, and a very popular regular inclusion in the festival’s program over the years.
This Fairbridge Festival Patron loves Fairbridge Festival! His favourite part is the beautiful Fairbridge Village and the way the generations and people from different backgrounds mix into one big community. Bernard always looks forward to hearing the great acts performing in the chapel and attending workshops annually.
Every year, Bernard brings his wife and family to the festival, as well as anyone else he can encourage to join him to experience a diverse range of music in great surroundings. To Bernard and his wife,
Eleanor, Fairbridge Festival was somewhere they could take their kids because it was safe with so many things for children to do; their children still join them as adults. Bernard said the festival is also where you can always be sure to have a fun weekend catching up with friends and colleagues and seeing new and interesting acts.
Over the years, Bernard has lots of great memories from the festival; one of his favourites is the year Family Bands was a festival theme. Bernard, his wife and his two daughters put together a few sets that included their twin grandchildren who were 6 or 7 at the time. One of his grandchildren was learning the trumpet and together they played a version of A Message to You Rudy by The Specials. The family had an amazing time!
Another memory is when Bernard had severe laryngitis; he spent the weekend trying to avoid singing doing mainly guitar instrumentals attempting to sing a few blues songs an octave below their regular pitch. He had one of his wildly-popular Beatles sessions scheduled and had to commandeer Jim Fisher to do the lead singing. Jim sang songs he had never sang before in keys he’d never used.
Bernard credits Fairbridge Festival as the inspiration to write songs about Western Australia’s beautiful character and compelling story.