Canadian Folk Music Award winning siblings The Gilberts are a contemporary folk group bringing soulful lyrics, memorable melodies and close three part harmonies to their original songs. 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 have now performed at 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.
They picked up the Young Performers of the Year award at the 2021 Canadian Folk Music Awards.