A longtime iconic leader and steward of Michigan’s music community
“Seth Bernard has a uniquely Michigan anatomy: knee deep in glacier-folk with a belly full of whiskey and peaches smuggled from the root cellar of a '70s guitar god. Fingers resinous with fresh cut white pine, and sacred north star geometries whirling around his brow.
Born on April Fools Day, and playing the trickster-bard every day since, he's grown from a potent young Interlochen idealist into a black-bearded surprise-eyed psych-rocker singing the woods and water, souls and soils of the Great Lakes.
The tools! He's got a pine-box-full, from his Gretsch (and the chops to play it, mister), to the many iterations of Seth-music. From Airborne or Aquatic, bristling with fuzz-poem arena-anthems, to the autumnal instrumental soundscapes of Ecotone. Or he can roll solo, with a catalog of hundreds of original tunes, thousands of covers and millions of improvisational licks. And the waltzes. By god the waltzes.
And more tools: Earthwork Music, Earthwork Harvest Gathering, Title Track, The Clean Water Campaign, youth engagement, and partnerships with dozens of local non-profits. Like a true old-school folkie, he plays the songs because they mean something, and that something they mean drives a life beyond just playing songs.
His most valuable tool, though, doesn't live in that box: two good ears. Seth listens like a priest. To his audience, to his community, to his deep-rooted intuitive star-born aurora borealis campfire ancestor soul. That alone makes every show - EVERY SHOW - worth the price of admission.”
-Brad Kik, co-founder of Crosshatch Center for Art and Ecology
Seth is running a Kickstarter campaign until March 7, 2021 to support the release of his album "My Heart is My Home"! You can donate here.
Ark Family Room shows are free and streamed to The Ark’s Facebook page. Donations to the “virtual tip jar” during shows support both The Ark and the participating artists.