Described as a prolific songwriter and performer Bernie bursts onto the stage with her own brand of music, with lyrics that are honest and from the heart, her music is known to surprise and totally captivate you. Bernie delivers her music with a splashing of folk, amidst a whole lot of pop, a sprinkle of country, and some hidden reggae. You will find yourself totally delighted with this fabulous quirky young lady.
A Little About Bernie
A young singer songwriter recently relocated to Melbourne from Regional Qld. What you see and what you hear is the essence of who Bernie is: Young Funky and full of hope.
Crowds all around Queensland, down into NSW and now Victoria have embraced Bernie’s music with performances at The Caloundra Music Festival,The Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, The Coast Acoustics Festival, The Friends of Folk Festival, Soulful Spring Sounds, Perigian Originals, Ric'c, The Beetle Bar, The Basement, Sound Lounge,The Chalk Hotel, The Full Moon Hotel, The Hive, QPAC's Cascade Court, the Queen Street Mall, Toowoomba’s Metro Café and
Bernie's singing career began with Classical Training, she then joined a local Country Music Club before embarking on a solo acoustic career. Aside from her own songs Bernie is also at home on the big stage having performed in Red Hot and Col, the Spar Arts Spectacular and various other local musicals in the principle role.
In the future Bernie has her sights on becoming one of Australia’s leading singer songwriters.
For bookings please contact Sean Clift at Red Dust Artist Management
Bernie Carson Vocals/Guitar
Self Debut Cd Bernie Carson
Released October 2009
I love You
You've Got it
Best of Fretfest
Best of Fretfest
Live At the Hive
Into the Sea
Bernie has regular play on
4BSR – Beau FM
Underexposed: Blame Ringo/The Quills/The Travelling So & So's/Bernie Carson/Mr Laneous & The Fam
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Underexposed: Blame Ringo/ The Quills/ The Travelling So & So’s/ Bernie Carson/ Mr Laneous & The Fam...Underexposed: Blame Ringo/ The Quills/ The Travelling So & So’s/ Bernie Carson/ Mr Laneous & The Fam
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
Joshua Levi Galleries - Sat May 2
So this is UnderExposed 2009’s last blast – and the music photography exhibition is bowing out in style. Caught up in the thought about how incongruous the Woolloongabba gallery’s white walls are going to look sans endless photos, I’m too late to witness ‘60s enthusiasts Blame Ringo ply their craft (sorry guys!), but head to the carpark and join the beer, hotdog and music party nonetheless.
Buoyed by their forthcoming collaboration with the Cold War Kids producer and with new bassist Greg Chiapello in the ranks, the LA-bound Quills clearly aim Skyward as they treat the crowd to their sharp pop-rock repertoire. Live staple Foresight has frontman Dave Butler and keysmith Andrew Stone rocking out with double energy before bringing the set to a shimmering close.
Next on, The Travelling So & So’s further crank up the celebratory vibe, singer Kelly Jade inciting a ritual chant on Song For Silas. I, however, manage to miss the majority of it due to watching young songstress Bernie Carson in the gallery’s far room, but soon head back to the carpark where Mr Laneous & The Family Yah keep everyone dancing with their mix of funk and hip hop. Too tired to stay for Dan & Dilmah’s acoustic charms, I leave slightly saddened that the party’s over – for now. Goodbye UnderExposed, see you next year.
Underexposed final Night
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After fighting our way through the packed streets filled with happy jersey-wearing, flag toting spor...After fighting our way through the packed streets filled with happy jersey-wearing, flag toting sport lovers on their way to the game at the Gabba, we made our way into the already packed Joshua Levi Galleries on Ipswich Road, for the final evening of the three-week long UnderExposed festival and exhibition. Unfortunately, due to the awful traffic, etc. we missed the jazzy spiels of Pear and the Awkward Orchestra. Grabbing a beer and a hotdog, we settled in to watch the start of Blame Ringo’s set.
Blame Ringo have had quite a media frenzy over their YouTube film clip for Gable Arch in recent times, so one could be forgiven for a certain level of scepticism regarding their show. All doubts were quickly dispelled in the vocal-harmony drenched sunny pop tunes that the group so expertly tendered. Apart from the obvious Beatles comparisons that could be drawn, Blame Ringo draw on a healthy cross-section of old school influences, with elements taken from America, The Bee Gees, and a little touch of Crosby, Stills & Nash. Very competent, very capable, and once they put a little more of themselves in their music, they will no doubt be very successful.
Stepping inside to the more intimate warmth of the gallery, a very healthy crowd had gathered to watch young songstress, Bernie Carson strum her way through some gorgeous folk tunes. She has a sweet voice and an even sweeter demeanour and quickly had the crowd eating out of the palm of her hand and clapping along on cue. There is an innocence and unaffectedness about her that is so sincere that it was hard to walk back outside without a goofy smile after the experience.
The Quills were up next on the outside stage. It’s easy to see that these guys are aiming for the troposphere of the poposphere. They have an 80’s synth pop vibe that’s reminiscent of Human League, Duran Duran, et al. mixed in with an indie-pop flavour that is very much in the same field as The Killers. They write good hooks, dress to kill, and play like they are in a stadium. Maybe, with a bit of luck and perseverance, one day they will get to play in a stadium.
Party band extraordinaire, The Travelling So and So’s burst onto stage in a bright array of colours and instruments, immediately staking claim on the party band title of the evening. Within moments of taking the stage, they had the whole car park dancing along to their infectious jazzy, bluesy, pop fusion. Lead singer, Kelly Jade was brightly attired, smiling almost non-stop and energetic in her delivery. A highlight was the crowd sing-along for the catchy Song for Silas, with the boisterous ‘do do do’s echoing across the road.
Final ‘official’ band for the evening, Mr Laneous and the Family Yah provided a set of almost-but not quite-sleazy soul meets hip hop. They were what you would imagine Barry White and Stevie Wonder’s bastard child who was raised in the Bronx by his gangsta uncle would sound like if he got a band going. It was at times beguiling and at others, amusing, particularly the guy playing what looked like a massive calculator (one can only assume that it was some kind of sample pad). With songs like Crew Cut and Loveable Tramp, it was hard not to get into the whole spirit of things and dance like a hopeless breakdancing wannabe.
Even though that brought to an end the official proceedings of the evening, everybody was ushered inside for the after party. It was a great way to have another look at all of the amazing photographs, ‘donate’ some money towards the drink fund, and listen to Dan and Dilmah plough their way through a set of tasty indie folk treats. As the party drew on, it did the inevitable degeneration into an alcohol-motivated karaoke-soaked event. Priceless!
Big kudos to all the organisers and contributors to this amazing event. In particular, Joshua Levi from Joshua Levi Galleries, who hosted the event; Elleni Toumpas, who organised the exhibition and just about everything; and Trevor Topfer from Keytone, who organised the bands. What an awesome event. If you missed out on going along this year, shame on you. See everyone in 2010 when UnderExposed returns!
Bernie's Sweet Songs
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Bernie Carson is a 19-year-old performer from Harrisville in regional Queensland with a magical voic...Bernie Carson is a 19-year-old performer from Harrisville in regional Queensland with a magical voice and an infectious enthusiasm for life. She is excited about being one of our local performers for Cooee Cabaret in Boonah on 1 March.
Bernie says, 'I’m a massive fan of Australian music and tradition so it will be a great night for young and old!’
At Cooee, Bernie will be singing a song called 'George’ she wrote whilst working at a nursing home (you can listen to 'George’ below). The song is about a lesson learnt from the older residents. 'They were just there to laugh and enjoy themselves’ Bernie says. She loved them so much she would wag school to go and visit them – 'we had lovely morning teas’.
If Bernie Carson has her way, in 10 years time she’ll be a 'well respected Australian musician who’s inspiring people to do what they want to do’, oh, and 'be on 'Spicks and Specks, I love Spicks and Specks!’
Bernie was born on Christmas Day, 1991, in Harrisville, an hour’s drive from Brisbane in Queensland. She grew up on a chook farm and, influenced by bands like the Dixie Chicks, started singing at the age of nine. Bernie has been writing her own songs since she was in high school, working at a part-time job in a cafe from the age of 13 to save up for her first guitar. 'I cleaned a lot of dishes for that guitar! That was an amazing day when I bought it.’ By the age of 15 she was playing two or three gigs a week: weddings, parties – anything.
Bernie now has a manager and is trying to get some bigger gigs. She recorded a self-titled album in high school which has already sold 4000 copies although it’s yet to be officially released. While reaching a wide audience is the big objective, she admits, ‘I love it that my little sister puts on my album to go to sleep.’
Bernie admires performers like Missy Higgins and The Waifs. She says 'I like honest, raw, fun performances’. Bernie says that her favourite song on the Registry is Men At Work’s 'Down Under’: 'No matter where you are in Australia this song always brightens the mood. I have grown up singing this song with a hairbrush in hand rocking out with my friends!’ Who knows, maybe in 20 year’s time there’ll be a ‘classic’ Bernie Carson song added to the Registry.
Every event has different needs and requirements for entertainment so please contact me for an entertainment package for your next event.
As a Solo Artist or as a three piece band I am able to play a large selection of originals but can also add a sweet selection of covers.
Where are you now
Blink of an Eye
Nanna’s Little Girl
If I could Change
Can’t be anymore
I love You
Into the Sea
Why do I cry?
Big Bad Wolf
You've Got it
Cold day in July
Mary’s in India
Through the glass
Think he likes me
I will always Love you
There’s a Hero -Billy Gilman
I Honestly Love You
Live a Little
If I could Change
In the arms of the Angels
Every Fool Has a Rainbow
There are no upcoming dates at this time.