Guitar, Dobro, Mandolin, Banjo, Pedal Steel Guitar & Vocals
For over 20 years, Manu Bertrand, a multi-instrumentalist specialising in Bluegrass and Americana, has been sharing his palette of sounds live on stage or in the studio with performers from every walk of life. He has recorded with Shaka Ponk, Dick Rivers and Tom Frager in the studio. On stage he has played alongside Eric Bibb, the American blues singer, Jean Jacques Milteau, Tom Frager, Groundation (USA), Wayne Law (AUS) and many more. He is currently working with the American singer, Martha Fields, and the legendary Gildas Arzel.
A bit more than just country music.
Nowadays, this virtuoso multi-instrumentalist remains a powerhouse in the country music scene, but he's also received requests - on a more and more regular basis - to accompany some of the leading lights in French music, such as Tom Frager, Shaka Ponk and Gildas Arzel. He still finds time for studio recording between all the concerts and rehearsals. Or reeling off a few notes for an advertising campaign: you can hear him play the banjo on a TV advert for dairy products.
Acclaimed by the stars
Performing in front of an audience is still his main purpose in life. He has done the tour of the big venues, like the Olympia in Paris, while playing alongside the big names, like Jean-Jacques Milteau, Eric Bibb and Groundation. You can also see him at lots of well-known festivals across France and Europe, which means that his dobro, his banjo, his mandolin and his pedal-steel are becoming more and more familiar. He has even been on TV with Michel Drucker and Antoine de Caunes.
An artist on the move
He travels the highways of France and Europe, and flies off to Morocco, Australia and the USA. Hopping backwards and forwards between Austin, Texas and Bordeaux with Martha Fields Galloway, the American singer and composer, has opened up a whole new set of horizons, some near, some far. Folk and country music have merged to set his instruments on fire and keep the public crying out for more.
Despite his way-too-busy schedule, he's always able to squeeze in some time for his travelling companions, like Erik Sitbon, Wayne Law and Mary Reynaud.