b.e_cooling is the artist name of Brian Cooling, a singer-songwriter from Toronto, Canada, who lives in England. His distinctive Canadian wit, honed during a life which stretches from coffin-maker to school teacher, provides a singular foundation for an experience of strong melodies and evocative lyrics which have an edge that is not easily forgotten….
Brian cut his musical teeth on The Beatles in the mid-Sixties and developed a keen interest in his parents’ music collections (classical, calypso, American folk, choral, and light jazz). After their divorce, his mother’s tastes grew to incorporate a strong love of blues and her wider exposure to the music of the late sixties and early seventies influenced him greatly (eg. early Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, etc).
Brian has performed in front of audiences in Canada, Germany and the UK since first learning the guitar at the age of 15. From early days as a busker in London and Bristol, Brian has been invited to play at pubs, restaurants, parties and festivals (most notably, Glastonbury Festival 2008). He was awarded Best Guitarist prize in the Mid-Somerset Battle of the Bands competition (2009) and, in the following year the band, b.e_cooling (with Woody Woodward and Andy Stuart), made it to the finals.
Brian has appeared on regional, digital and online radio including interviews on local BBC radio. Nowadays Brian performs at open mics and the occasional gig in his local area.
b.e_cooling has (self-) released three albums: Getting Warmer (2008), Initial Settings (2012) and Grounded (2017). A fourth album, “?”, is being released as a series of singles from 2022.
a small image gallery
Chatting with Michael Eavis (2018)
The Avalon Cafe Stage, Glastonbury Festival (2008)
The Pilton Working Men’s Club (2019)
BBC Radio Wiltshire interview (2018)
“a mysterious Canadian Singer Songwriter by the name of b.e_cooling, …. straight away “he looked good”. If you closed your eyes it was like having Neil Young in the same room, those smokey vocals and pushed guitar was absolutely breathtaking! … but the best was yet to come with a self-penned number entitled “It don’t matter”. Loved it…
b.e_cooling finished the café with “Won’t Get Fooled Again” from The Who, a difficult song to pull off with just one guitar but he did it with ease and was totally amazing!!
[The Bluebird Acoustic Cafe, Oakhill, Somerset 11/12/2014 ]
Finally, we had an entry right out of left field. B E Cooling … produced a set of sardonic country blues and folky tunes that got you thinking. Brilliantly played and splendidly presented [Shepton Mallet Journal, 8th October, 2010]
Sounding like a veteran straight from the Sheppey Delta,
B E’s playing was impeccable while his songs were clever, politically charged and fun. [Shepton Mallet Journal, 8th October, 2009
“I don’t know which is cause and which effect but b.e_cooling’s turn-of-phrase and rich baritone make a great combination.
Thought-provoking Americana from the thoughtful Canadian.”
(Ant Butler from Pilton, 22/06/2017)
“hi, just listened to your tune Whisky again and I must tell you that your music is AMAZING!!” (Alison Macondray, 25/09/2016)
Would I watch b.e_cooling again? Most definitely. Would I like to hear more of his originals? Without a doubt! Do I recommend for you to go and check him out? If you like clever lyrics, smokey vocals,
a stylish look, and a very well played guitar.
[from musicunbuttoned.co.uk, 25th July, 2015]