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Excerpt from the Nicola Valley Arts Council in Merritt, BC: Interview with Robert Bertrand by Catherine Oborne.
RB: Music is my first ‘Art', and painting is a close second. Finger picking inspiration came from John Fahey, and Leo Kottke. I’m interested in history, and while travelling in Europe I saw Rembrandt and my favourites became the classics & magic realism. Magic realism, ‘a frozen moment’ in time, “expresses a primarily realistic view of the real world while also adding or revealing magical elements."
About Performing In Merritt
RB:...Playing music with Gary Cooper at the Adelphi and meeting Cassandra lead me to playing music at Brambles, The Canada's Country Music Hall of Fame and Kekuli Cafe.
CO: What music is memorable for you?
RB- The Rolling Stones, Chicago Blues, harmonica & slide guitar I really found attractive. Brian Jones. The “side musician” for the Rolling Stones became my mentor/idol. “That was it!” I was enrolled at art school, but it was Music (which is immediate), or Art School (which is a process). I chose music.