2022 East Coast Music Award winners The Gilberts are a sibling contemporary folk trio bringing vibrant three part harmonies, soulful lyricism, compelling arrangements, and a melodious alchemy to their songs and stages.
In addition to the ECMA in the Folk Recording of the Year category for their second album 'Tell Me', they also received a 2022 Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for Vocal Group of the Year. The album won Americana Recording of the Year at the 2021 Music Nova Scotia Awards.
Their debut album 'The Gilberts: One' garnered Young Performers of the Year at the 2021 Canadian Folk Music Awards.
Diverse musical influences inform their song-writing, performance, and choices including choral music, musical theatre, 1970s soft rock and pop, singer-songwriters, and folk music from the 1960s to the current scene. Many of these influences can be heard in their touring show ‘Harmonious’ featuring original songs and songs by artists including Simon & Garfunkel; Crosby, Stills & Nash; the Bee Gees; the Mamas & the Papas; Carpenters; the Beach Boys; and Fleetwood Mac.
The Gilberts have performed at Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival; Deep Roots; Full Circle; HUFF; Celtic Colours; Evergreen Festival; Hantsport Music Fest; and Goderich Celtic Roots Festival (virtual). They have also opened for Jimmy Rankin at the Halifax Convention Centre, and for Ashley MacIsaac at Light House.
The siblings have showcased at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, the ECMAs, Music Nova Scotia Week, and virtually for the Philadelphia Folk Festival and the Folk Alliance Region -West. In 2022 they were commissioned by CBC to write a song for The East Coast Music Hour’s ‘Story and the Song.’ They have also been featured performers on Holiday Magic 2020 and 2021 broadcasts on CTV and have been featured on Global News.
They have been, or will be, involved with fundraisers for the Valley Regional Hospital Foundation; IWK; Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation; Northwood Foundation; Christmas Daddies; Hants County Christmas Angels; and Windsor Food Bank among others.
The trio have performed, or are scheduled to play, at soft seat theatres and similar venues across Nova Scotia including Mermaid Theatre; Al Whittle; Osprey Arts Centre; Festival Theatre Building; University Hall at Acadia; Lunenburg Opera House; the Stage at St Andrews; Chester Playhouse; Evergreen Theatre; Alderney Landing Theatre; Ship's Company Theatre; deCoste Performing Arts Centre; and the Marigold Cultural Centre.
Their music has been widely played on CBC radio and independent radio in Canada, and across the United States.
The siblings are grateful for educators and artists who have helped them on their musical and personal journeys, and now mentor youth through various programs and initiatives.
The Gilberts are Frieden, Reuben and Maisie.