Celtic Rock Legend Bruce Guthro Passes at 62, Leaving Musical Legacy


The music world reels from the loss of Bruce Guthro, cherished Cape Breton singer, songwriter, and lead vocalist for the storied Celtic rock band, Runrig. At the age of 62, Guthro has concluded his symphony of life, leaving behind an impressive body of work admired by many.

Guthro lent his voice and passion to a professional music career that spanned three decades. His singing journey commenced with the release of his debut solo record, “Sails to the Wind,” in 1994. Noted music producer Bill McNeil worked shoulder to shoulder with Guthro in the creation of this album.

McNeil reflected on Guthro’s grace, describing him as a uniquely gifted storyteller. “Each song Guthro sang,” McNeil mused, “found a way to echo the human experience—to resonate with the ordinary person and remind them of their own story.”

Born and raised in Sydney Mines, Guthro shared a significant link to his coal miner father and the choral ensemble Men of The Deeps, a choir composed exclusively of former miners. This bond was fortified when Bruce’s brother Carl joined the choir.

Stephen Muise, choir director for Men of The Deeps, remembered Guthro’s pride in his brother’s mining background. “Sharing the stage with Guthro was a memorable honor,” Muise reminisced. “His performances would herald our shows, and he exuded immense pride for his brother.”

Throughout his career, Guthro’s musical prowess was recognized with numerous East Coast Music Awards. His charms extended to television where he hosted Songwriters Circle, engaging in heart-to-heart talks with fellow Canadian music luminaries such as Alan Doyle, Jim Cuddy, and Matt Minglewood. Minglewood relived the familial spirit Guthro fostered, praising his knack for making a shared musical journey feel intimate.

Beyond his music, fellow musician J.P. Cormier fondly remembered Guthro as a loyal friend. “He was always there when you needed him,” Cormier shared.

While considering himself as a private man, Guthro has left a deep wound in the hearts of those close to him. His life was filled with music, family, and private moments well-kept. Guthro is now survived by his two children, Jodi and Dylan, his wife Kim, and a lasting legacy honored in the quiet marshland of Halifax, where he lived during his final days.

Since his passing, an outpouring of tributes have occurred on social media, revealing the broad reach and significant influence of his musical journey. Guthro’s melodies may have ceased, but his spirit continues to reverberate through the music world.

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Melinda Cochrane is a poet, teacher and fiction author. She is also the editor and publisher of The Inspired Heart, a collection of international writers. Melinda also runs a publishing company, Melinda Cochrane International books for aspiring writers, based out Montreal, Quebec. Her publication credits include: The art of poetic inquiry, (Backalong Books), a novella, Desperate Freedom, (Brian Wrixon Books Canada), and 2 collections of poetry; The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat, (Backalong Books), and She’s an Island Poet, Desperate Freedom was on the bestseller's list for one week, and The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat is one of hope and encouragement for all those living in the social welfare system. She’s been published in online magazines such as, (regular writer for) ‘Life as a Human’, and Shannon Grissom’s magazine.


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