Bernie Booth - Bass and Rhythm Guitar
In 1973 Bernie moved to Australia, and soon established himself playing in various bands, joining the already successful Brett Garsed and his cousin Andrew, to form rock band Black Dog and performing around the State of Victoria. After Brett left on a world tour, Bernie formed country band, Red Texas Rose. In addition in 1994 he became production manager and sound engineer for M Ahearn Sound which supplied PA systems and sound engineers to major festivals and touring artists from around the world.
In 1997 Bernie returned to the UK and performed solo for a couple of years while living in Ireland. Later, having moved to York and taken up residence on a boat with his partner Sue, he met fellow guitarist, Alan Moulding with whom he formed a duo called The Guild. A live cd was recorded of their songs which was featured regularly on local BBC radio.
In 2018 Bernie moved to Lincolnshire where he met singer/songwriter Ruth Bell.
Utilising their complimentary skills, Bell & Booth was born, which reflects both of their wide musical interests. They are currently involved in a project recording original work and selected covers with Australian friend of Bernie's, Pete Howell, double bass player of wide repute (Bert Jansch) and sound and production engineer. Pete has introduced Ruth and Bernie to ever higher musical aspirations and wider horizons.