The Gilberts are a sibling contemporary folk group with soulful lyrics, memorable melodies and close three part harmonies. The Gilberts are Frieden, Reuben and Maisie. 

Emigrating from the UK to Canada when they were still knee-high to a grasshopper they settle with their music-loving parents in rural Nova Scotia. They are given three soprano ukuleles – Frieden gets the brown one, Reuben gets blue and Maisie - red.  Strings buzz and zing and before long - there is music. Onward!  Enter excellent teachers in the public-school music program who enthuse and encourage. Frieden picks the trumpet, Reuben the tenor sax, Maisie the alto sax and flute. Reuben discovers guitars and goes to his room – emerging some years later as a bodacious player. All three Gilberts join the Annapolis Valley Honour Choir and now they are singing big time. Summers bring open mics at festivals. Close three-part harmonies are becoming part of their signature sound. They join the Acadia Youth Band. Frieden gets a theremin. Reuben picks up a banjo and puts down a mandolin. Frieden picks up the mandolin. Maisie is singing, singing, singing. Invitations to perform at community halls, fund-raisers, house parties, coffee houses and concerts arrive. Looks like we have ‘a band’. Better come up with a name. Go with ‘The Gilberts’ - well its accurate! Need original material now. Songs are teased, argued, massaged and collaborated into existence. Soulful lyrics and folk roots. 

The Gilberts are recording their debut CD which will be released in 2019 and now they are 'veterans' of the The Full Circle Festival at Newport Landing, The Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, Deep Roots in Wolfville, and a whole bunch of other events with more to come. 



Our debut album 'Down Away' will be released in 2019. In the meantime you can listen to a rough mix of four tracks.

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Down Away

The Gilberts

Our debut album will be released in 2019. All songs written and performed by The Gilberts. You can hear a rough mix of some tracks here.

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Previous events


Tunes at Noon

Grand Parade, Halifax

The Gilberts perform at the annual summer concert series presented by Downtown Halifax Business Commission in partnership with Music Nova Scotia and print sponsors The Coast.


Kitchen Party Village Coffee House Canning with Kim Barlow and friends

Village Coffee House, Canning, Main Street, Canning

There will be a full line-up of wildly talented musicians booked through the summer and we can’t wait to share this great music with you. Shows will start with a revolving house band featuring Kim Barlow and members of the Dearlies, Ida Red, and Acadia faculty Mark Adam and Nic D’Amato. We will play a set of traditional Maritime music reinterpreted, fun singalongs and familiar anthems. The guests will play a set, and then we’ll have a jam session, open to all, and go as late as we want.


Full Circle Festival

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Avondale, Newport

"...a homemade non-profit music festival held over the summer solstice weekend in rural Nova Scotia. We love music, good food, friendly friends, dogs, children, and dancing in warm summer air.


Valley Community Learning Centre Association Fundraiser

Al Whittle Theatre, Main Street, Wolfville

A fundraiser showcasing the work of the Valley Community Learning Association - and also featuring performances by professional musicians. The VCLA is based in Kentville and focusses on teaching literacy, and helping adults get high school diplomas. It also offers training and creative projects to assist people with challenges of all kinds.

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