American Folk Artist and multi-instrumentalist - Autoharp, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, lap dulcimer, jaw harp, mouth bow, guitar
Bruce has been performing traditional folk music professionally since 1971. A singer and multi-instrumentalist who performs solo and with several groups, he is a founding member of the Double Decker Stringband which has been performing old-time music across the U.S. in Canada and Europe since l977. In l984 Bruce joined the early music ensemble Hesperus which has created a style mixing medieval and Renaissance music with American folk music. He has performed with Hesperus in the U.S., Europe and Asia. In l995 he joined the old-time string band Roustabout, with whom he performs in concert and for square and contra dances.
As a solo performer Bruce does concerts for all ages and specializes in education programs for schools from elementary level to colleges. Noteworthy places where he has performed include The Kennedy Center, (most recently in Sept. 01) the Lincoln Center (NYC) and the Smithsonian Institute, including the Folklife Festival.
In 1990 he recorded two solo albums on cassette for the Marimac label, For Kids and Kin and Roll Back the Carpet. Bruce has also recorded with the Double Decker Stringband and Hesperus.
As an instructor Bruce has taught group classes in guitar, banjo and jug band at the Augusta Heritage Workshops in WV and at Pinewoods Camp in Massachusetts.
Bruce teaches at the House of Musical Traditions in Takoma, Maryland.
He has also taught group lap dulcimer lessons to music teachers at the National Orph music conventions.