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Geoff Berner

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Vancouver, Canada (2000 – present)

Geoff Berner (born 26 November 1971) is a Canadian and accordionist. Predominantly a composer and performer of music, having proclaimed himself the “Avenging Angel of Klezmer”, Berner’s darkly humorous, insightful and satirical lyrics, as well as his cabaret live act, have gained him considerable underground acclaim and popularity throughout the world. He is often accompanied by Diona Davies on violin and Wayne Adams on drums. Frequent collaborators include Dan Bern, Carolyn Mark, and The Corb Lund Band.

Born Geoffrey Berner in Vancouver, British Columbia, his early years had him learning the piano; Berner picked up the accordion after being asked why he did not play it at a party. His musical career began as lead vocalist and accordionist for eclectic punk band Terror of Tiny Town, who were active throughout most of the ‘. The band eventually faced economical troubles and ultimately disbanded after the release of two studio albums. In early 2000, had been deported to Norway, where he was now regularly performing, where he witnessed one of the earliest known live performances by Kaizers Orchestra, an alternative rock band with whom he would collaborate years later.

Upon his return to his homeland, Berner’s began his career as a solo artist, his first release being an EP, Light Enough to Travel, released on the Sudden Death Records label in 2000. It featured two songs written for Terror of Tiny Town.

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  • GruppaKrovi

    sheer brilliance in a bottle!

    22 May 2012 Reply
  • mia_last_fm

    Awesome music! \o/ I missed the gig in Oslo last night ... :( damn you tasty, delicious Jameson!

    13 May 2012 Reply
  • Bastard1

    Come all ye bold Canadians!

    17 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Targetlive

    Geoff Berner will Play early on Friday and Saturday at Bridlington's Musicport Festival, which runs from the 4th-6th of November. More info here: http://www.musicportfestival.com/festival-info/2011.html Musicport was established in 2000 to promote live music and music education in Whitby and the surrounding area with its primary event being Musicport World Music Festival each autumn. Over the last eight years the festival has grown year on year and has established itself as a prestigious event in the festival calendar attracting major names such as Rachid Taha, The Buena Vista Social Club presents Cachaito Lopez etc, Toumani Diabate, Levellers,Misty In Roots, Courtney Pine, Talvin Singh, Richard Hawley, Chumbawamba, Altan, Rolf Harris, Mory Kante, Osibisa, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, & Los De Abajo.

    6 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Red_Sunn

    Ha! it's kinda funny as a metal head i still like this shit XD (i mean shit in a good way)

    17 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Bastard1

    Hmm, were the Dead Children Worth It?

    18 Feb 2010 Reply
  • benschlotz

    I am amazed that this man still has a functioning liver.

    5 Oct 2009 Reply
  • BrokenCloud

    Saw him at a Kaizers show, too, in Cologne last year. And now he's coming to my hometown, Trier, to play a little show. Think I'm going to see him again.

    30 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Bayou16

    he's so talented!! ♥

    11 Feb 2009 Reply
  • wernimonstR

    musik with real hearts. saw him first on a kaizers orchestra concert. he's great.

    27 Jan 2009 Reply
  • lucindalight

    C'mon, put up the Klezmer Mongrels!

    21 Jan 2009 Reply
  • PuppetmanInBC

    I saw Geoff opening for The Be Good Tanyas @ The Silvertone Tavern, on Commercial Drive in Vancouver a long long time ago - was just after the release of Blue Horse by the BGT, and long before Nettwerk picked them up... Was definitely a musical highlight (Geoff and the Be Good Tanyas)

    16 Jan 2009 Reply
  • JulesBlack

    lucky lucky :D

    17 Dec 2008 Reply
  • jeroenhoman

    Great guest appearance in the Kaizers Orchestra show last wednesday in Utrecht. Hilarious!

    21 Nov 2008 Reply
  • leimac

    Hilarious concert at De Nieuwe Anita yesterday (-:

    19 Nov 2008 Reply
  • lucindalight

    Seeing him tonight in Roelovarendsveen, Netherlands! C'mon down, don't be a Shut In!

    15 Nov 2008 Reply
  • musefreak

    Yeah, seeing him tonight!

    3 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Bastard1

    Nah man, steroids are for losers.

    25 Jun 2008 Reply
  • mennoowh

    If you like this, you should also try hgh

    19 Jun 2008 Reply
  • mannis05

    just saw this warming up for kaizers orchestra last saturday... i laughed more than i ever did the whole year, especially the song about the dead children in vancouver... hes too cool :)

    23 Apr 2008 Reply
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