Joe Bernie has been playing tenor and alto saxophone, flute and whistle since he was twelve years old. Joe played with the youngest showband in Ireland “The Leaders” from Castlebar. All the members of that band were under fifteen years of age.
Joe joined the Swingtime Aces from Athenry where he teamed up with local man Jimmy Reilly along with other local “stars”. Joe played with the Magic Band, Horizon, Jazz Funk Band, The Jerry Macken Big Band, The Black Magic Jazz Orchestra to mention a few.
Joe Bernie played with notable musicians like Gay McIntyre from Derry, Louis Stewart etc.
On many occasions Joe toured America with Phil Coulter.
Over the years Joe recorded with The Stunning, The Sawdoctors, Frankie Gavin, Carl Hession, The Conquerors, Mary Coughlan, and Eugene Kelly.
Joe has also appeared on numerous TV shows including The Late Late Show, Sibín and Trom agus Éadhrom.
Joe, a native of Castlebar, is married to Valerie Kelly. They have three children; Triona, Joseph and Conor. They have been living in Athenry for the last two years.
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Published here 30 Mar 2023