Barney Bentall

Barnard Franklin "Barney" Bentall (born March 1956 in Toronto[1]) is a Canadian pop/rock singer-songwriter who is most well known for his 1990s-era band, Barney Bentall and the Legendary Hearts. Their most successful Canadian singles included "Something to Live For",[2] "Life Could Be Worse", "Crime Against Love" and "Come Back to Me". He has also recorded under the pseudonym Brandon Wolf.

Barney Bentall
Barney Bentall
Background information
Birth nameBarnard Franklin Bentall
BornMarch 1956
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, Guitar
Years active1979present
LabelsEpic, True North
Associated actsBarney Bentall and the Legendary Hearts, The High Bar Gang

Early life

Bentall grew up in Calgary, the son of a Baptist minister.[3] His family owns Dominion Construction and the Bentall Centre, in downtown Vancouver, BC.[4]


Bentall recorded and toured with his band, the Legendary Hearts, for ten years. He then started a cattle ranch in 1997 in British Columbia. In 2006, he released his first solo album titled Gift Horse on True North Records on August 3, 2006. In 2008, he released a DVD of his live The Grand Cariboo Opry show, which included a 12-track audio CD.[5]

In 2009, Bentall joined Shari Ulrich and Tom Taylor to release the album "Live" at Cates Hill.

Bentall teamed up with Ulrich again in 2010 to form The High Bar Gang, a bluegrass-styled band.[6] The band features Shari Ulrich, Kirby Barber and Wendy Bird for vocal harmony along with Rob Becker, Colin Nairne, and David Barber.

In 2016, Bentall, Shari Ulrich and Tom Taylor, calling their trio "BTU", released an album of folk music, Tightrope Walk.[7]

Personal life

His son Dustin Bentall is also a professional musician,[8][9] while his daughter Jessica Bentall is married to former NHL player Rob Niedermayer.

Solo discography

Title Album details
Gift Horse
The Grand Cariboo Opry
  • Release date: August 26, 2008
  • Label: Golden Cage Music
"Live" at Cates Hill
(with Shari Ulrich and Tom Taylor)
  • Release date: April 14, 2009
  • Label: Esther Records
The Inside Passage
Flesh and Bone
Tightrope Walk
(with Shari Ulrich and Tom Taylor)
  • Release date: February 12, 2016
  • Label: Borealis Records
The Drifter and The Preacher


  1. Bateman, Jeff. "Bentall, Barnard Franklin". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Archived from the original on 2010-02-10. Retrieved 2008-02-12.
  2. "Canadian Content (Cancon)". RPM - Volume 48, No. 17 Aug 13, 1988
  3. "Barney Bentall brings Cariboo Express to Vancouver Island". Times-Colonist Mike Devlin November 17, 2016
  4. Ross, Mike (1998-09-24). "Bentall turned back on riches". Jam!/Canoe. Retrieved 2008-02-12.
  5. " Barney Bentall Grand Cariboo Opry". AllMusic Review by Laurie Mercer
  6. "The High Bar Gang". True North Records. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  7. "Folk trio BTU serves up a solid set of new material on Tightrope Walk" Archived 2017-02-16 at the Wayback Machine. The Guardian, February 20, 2016
  8. Stephen Smith, "Dustin Bentall finding his roots", Okotoks Western Wheel, November 22, 2010
  9. "Father-son musicians Barney and Dustin Bentall talk about family business". Journal-Pioneer, The Canadian Press ~ The News on November 3, 2009
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