Val Sherwood

Val is an established local artist, singer, songwriter and author, who came up through the Bermuda Folk Club performing at outdoor concerts, private functions, and Chewstick. Her clear voice and mellow guitar styling entertain with classic ballads and love songs. Her current focus is on recording old songs.

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I was asked to perform at the Heroes Concert in Victoria Park on 19th June for the families of Bermuda's Eight National Heroes.

March 2021
I am writing this on the anniversary of the first COVID case in Bermuda. What a year!

It has been a year of learning how important our loved ones and friends are, that we benefit by being grateful, and that we can manage with less in terms of material things. My son and I have been grateful to be able to work through the pandemic, and for the good health of all of our cats.

Having sold most of my copies of Bermuda Cat Tales (a huge THANK YOU to anyone who bought a copy), I saw them as a COVID cheer up and gifted a number over the Christmas season to Seniors homes who had strict restrictions on visitation. I was also happy in two instances where homes were closing, that a copy went to a member of staff, as the support people also need support!

Sales of Cat Tales continued at local pet and bookstores, as well as several pharmacies. Robertson’s in St. Georges, and the National Trust pop up shop at Waterville sold quite a few copies during the holiday period.

David Lopes was off and on Inspire 105 FM at times, giving Colours of Bermuda, as well as the Railway Trail Song frequent airplay. David has a strong following, and they campaigned time and again to have him back.

The Bermuda Railway continues to go from strength to strength with the Flatts Bridge nearing completion. This has many Bermudians extremely excited. For me, it is the re-connectivity that is so amazing. Thank you, Tucker Murphy, and family.

There was not much opportunity to record in 2020, but we did manage one song, Lullabye. This is a gentle reflective song that is also a love triangle., that I wrote as a teenager. The irony of life is that you can reconnect with someone 35 or even 40 years later, so never say never.

As always, I give credit to John Woolridge who created the Railway & Aquarium Videos, and Alan Marquardt for the fabulous photograph slides that accompany Colours of Bermuda. I am also grateful to the various super talented ladies who have assisted with recordings or been backup singers over the years, including Latosha Coddrington, Valerie Martins, Jennifer Osmond, and Francesca Dill.

While I couldn’t sing at the Perfumery, Isabelle and I did manage a glass of wine to celebrate the completion of her home renovations. So here’s to a better 2021.

I am a long time supporter of Born Free and Care For The Wild where you can adopt an animal for a year and I have often done this for family and friends. I actually went to school with Louise Travers, daughter of Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers, who starred in the very famous film Born Free. Not long ago, I got a copy of a book that Virginia had written about her many years helping wildlife through Zoocheck and the Born Free Foundation. While the Travers / McKenna family take care of big cats, I thought the staff might enjoy my book about smaller felines. I sent a copy and received a lovely letter from Virginia who was looking forward to reading about Bermuda during the dark winter evenings in the UK. They have a website if anyone is interested in learning more about this great charity.

Generously sponsored by Butterfield & Vallis.

Read more about the book and order your copy

Bermuda Cat Tales comprises twenty-two true Bermuda stories; mostly about cats, but a few ducks, and various other species get a mention too; it’s a lot of fun!

Special moments in the stories are captured with delightful original illustrations by Michelle Pasquin, local Animal Artist. The book features personal photographs, interspersed with original whimsical animal poems and my popular Bermuda song lyrics.

Here are animal adventures with happy endings, tall tales that all animal lovers can relate to.

I was asked to sing at the Friends of Hospice Moon Walk on Friday 10th Jan 2020 at Chaplin Bay in Warwick.

Comments: "Lovely memorial, and beautiful singing from that lady."

Story and more photos on Bernews

Latest news

In 2017, Val went to Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia for removal of a melanoma. Read her story here.

Cat Tales has attracted attention of Atlantic Publishing and I was given a Crystal Butterfly Literary Award in April.

See some of the Bermuda Broadcasting News report

Bermuda Cat Tales is selling well at over 20 local vendors with more coming on board for the summer tourist season.

I was invited to make a guest appearance on a Bermuda Railway Forum at the Bermuda College Lifelong Learning Centre mid February attended by about 60 seniors. The Railway Video was played at the beginning of a storytelling presentation by Ruth Thomas and Friends introduced by Robert Horton, my former boss. I certainly felt I was in esteemed company, with lots of good humour and interesting facts.

It was important to give credit to John Woolridge who created the Railway Video, and to acknowledge the late Neil Burnie’s Harmonica playing with Eddie Wicks on the song track.

This was the first of four presentations covering Walking the Trail, it’s History by Simon Horn and Engineering aspects (the new bridges) by Mike Murphy. Cost is $10 and includes fresh sandwiches and fruit.

In the run up to Christmas, on Friday 7th December I sang again at the Perfumery while hundreds of locals and families toured the National Trust houses in St. George’s. I have performed there for over a decade; it was great to see so many familiar faces, and to have something new for fans to purchase as a Christmas gift.

The Hospital did a pop up shop in the Library closer to Christmas, and the Bermuda College have similar plans.

 Hear Val's special song for Christmas

The Railway Trail Video is playing on local television channels and has had regular airplay on Inspire 105, thanks to David Lopes.

The Aquarium & Zoo video and Colours of Bermuda slideshow are also being seen on local television stations.

Val performed at the Bermuda National Trust Walkabout again in December 2017. Most recently, Val entertained the Meals on Wheels about 70 seniors at St. Paul’s Christian Education Center in Paget.

Teach The World was performed with the Bones band at the annual fundraiser for the Neil Burnie Foundation and has been exported for use with Keep Britain Tidy per content about plastic in the world’s oceans. Lyrics are readable here.

The Bermuda Feline Assistance Bureau has rebranded as CATS – Cats Assistance and Trapping Services.

The Bermuda Folk Club has moved to the Astwood Arms on Front Street and meet on the last Saturday of every month.

Val has been interviewed for Backstage, a local program on Channel 82 where they interview local artists and entertainers.

Bernews wrote an article about my experiences and featuring a few of my videos.

Cablevision has graciously supported the Bermuda Entertainment Showcase DVD. We are asking the community to support our campaign to raise funds for GSP programs and to bring awareness to children grieving the loss of a loved one. If you would like to get a copy of the DVD please let us know as we only have the master copy and will have to place an order as per request. Thanks once again for supporting our charity as we provide trauma counselling,healthy food items education scholarships and school uniforms to children left behind from gun violence. At present there are over 50 children, the youngest 9 months, eldest 15 years old. This is the only program of it's kind in Bermuda providing support to children and families effected by gun violence.

I grew with Chewstick collaborating as sister organizations when President of the Bermuda Folk Club, as fellow musicians looking out for the younger generation and Chewstick was a place I could take my poetry and short stories as well as original songs to a receptive audience. I extended my Bermuda family at Chewstick and got great exposure at their events such as Kitefest at Horseshoe Bay. I came to the attention of Gina Spence Productions and participated in the Bermuda Entertainers Showcase this May through Chewstick, and it was an honour and a privilege to perform in front of 500 people at the S/ton Fairmont. Loved singing with your Wall St Band and other times when as a solo artist your talented musicians have softly picked up what I was singing and joined in to enhance it. Last October, Gavin and Deidra nudged me to host a songwriting session at the Chewstick retreat at Paget Island - loved being able to give back. I met Mr. Magic through Chewstick and was interviewed for Channel 82 - again great exposure as a local artist. Neil Burnie knew a good place to hang out - from my Chewstick networking, he played on my CD on two songs and last but not least, I found an old family connection with Najib Chentouf - my father brought his father out to Bda in the 60's. So absolutely, YES, BERMUDA NEEDS CHEWSTICK! Val Sherwood.

Four Minutes of Fabulous!

An audio visual presentation of the song "Colours of Bermuda"
Images by Alan Marquardt. Cahow images by Jeremy Madeiros.
This has been selected by Cablevision to show on Community Channel 100

A few very nice comments...

I've just been listening to your songs, Colours of Bermuda (which really should be your national anthem) and Be Fabulous. What a lovely voice you have, and you're a talented composer.
Thanks for sharing them with me. Also, I'm so pleased you enjoyed my books.
HB, International author

Any of you who were a part of the music world in Bermuda when I was, will remember Val Sherwood as a shy young upcoming artist who played guitar and began composing her own 'folk style' music and lyrics. Since those 'fledgling days and because of her dedicated determination to succeed, Val has become incredibly successful with her unique style of music and lyrics which she has written and published over the years.
BC, Bermuda

Congratulations on the release of your new album! I know you put a lot of hard work into making the album a reality. Your songs are so inspirational and from the heart.
CB, Bermuda

We have visited Bermuda for the past 11 summers and I am just finding your music. Unfortunately we will not be visiting there this summer.

I constantly play your tape [sic] while in the car! Your unique voice and style accompanied by the musical background arrangements are most impressive - as are the tempo beats that you 'slide into' so easily. It's an impressive pool of talent.
BCC, Bermuda

Very Cool. I love the lyrics and they will help us [Spirit of Bermuda]. The pictures and music are also very inspiring. Many thanks. I also love the theme/lyrics of "Be Fabulous". Well done.
JK, Bermuda

Got to hear your colours of have a beautiful voice.
LH, Bermuda

Val - I just listened (and watched) Four Minutes of Fabulous - and guess what? It really WAS four minutes of fabulous!!
I have always appreciated Bermuda and her beauty but both the words and the pictures made me appreciate it even more (and I didn't think that was possible).
AC, Bermuda

Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful music with us! Of course, I needed a tissue for "Be Fabulous" - clearly a matter very near and dear to my heart. Thank you again for bringing your wonderful work to our attention and thank you for all you do to help animals!

I can't believe that you can sing like an angel AND also compose and write songs. You are a genius!

I just wanted to say how much I enjoy your album. It is far ahead of your first one, I play it all the time in the car and really loud and sing along to it. I even find myself singing the songs around the house.
DH, Bermuda

We recently bought a new car so your cd is the first and only (so far) to be played on the high tech music system. You have a really beautiful voice Val and we have listened to your music virtually non-stop in the car for the past 3 days.
RH, Swaziland

About Val's albums

Be Fabulous
Val continued to write stronger melodies, clearer hooks, deeper lyrics, and more complex songs so that before long, there were another dozen songs crying out to be recorded.

"The album as a whole has an upbeat mood which perfectly reflects much of Bermuda's beauty and spirit."
Read Scott Neil's article in the Royal Gazette.

Never Tell Them Why
Val's first album which was released under the name of Val Wallace
Twelve original songs half of which were love songs and half social comment, with one religious and one environmental song

Contact Information

Phone: 1(441) 331 8161