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Mike Bern’s ‘Shrine of Shirl’ is about feeling the presence of a lost loved one


Feeling the presence of a lost loved one and the inexpressible joy of reminiscing about good times is the subject of award-winning Indigenous singer-songwriter Mike Bern’s latest heartwarming single, “Shrine of Shirl.”

Drawing on his own experience with loss, Mike takes listeners on an emotional journey using his signature sonic palette of folk-rock harmonies with a sprinkle of southern gospel. “Shrine of Shirl” is a testament to Mike’s ability to express his distinct musical style while harnessing the influence of artists such as Ben Schneider and Frankie Miller.

While “Shrine of Shirl” is based on a personal experience and inspired by his late uncle’s ashes, which hang in his truck by the rearview mirror, the song is about all the souls that are no longer here. “He always wanted to listen to music while he was here,” Mike said. “Now, when his favourite song comes on, I know he’s with me.”

Hailing from Tobique First Nation, in New Brunswick, Mike has been carving his own path in music since departing as the singer of award-winning bands like Kickin Krotch and District Avenue.

His artistry was showcased at the 2018 Olympic Games, and he’s received multiple Native American Music Awards nominations. He has also played prominent stages, opening up for bands like Seaway, The Trews, One Bad Son, and The Motorleague.


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