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Bruce Holmes

Member sinceJune 08, 2006
LocationChicago, Illinois
MembersBruce Holmes
InfluencesWarren Zevon, Jethro Tull
Artist Biography:
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"Bruce Holmes looks at our human foibles with a clear eye, no illusions and a loving sense of humor." Banjo-Jim Foerch, Grand River Folk Arts Society
Bruce Holmes grew up a finger-picking folkie. But then caught the rock bug and wanted to join the Beatles. When that didn’t pan out he returned to his roots. For much of his adult life he’s done shape-note singing with the Sacred Harp community. He studied flat-picking with the bluegrass folks. He spent a few years learning fiddle with his daughter. Except she kept wanting to play faster and faster, and he couldn’t keep up. He finally reverted to accompanying her on guitar, but still craves those fiddle tunes. He’s always loved Celtic music, but playing that music on guitar has always lacked some elemental charge, so he’s taken up the concertina and bouzouki and you’ll hear them in his shows. His influences include the Byrds, Jethro Tull, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Warren Zevon. When people tell him he reminds them of Ian Anderson, he takes that as a huge compliment.
But more than anything he loves a good story. And a lifetime of stories is shared in his songs.
Holmes has spent most of his life teaching. He’s taught everything from Aikido to folk dancing to juggling to chess (he was the coach for Oakton Chess, Illinois State Champions in 1993 and 1994). He’s the author of Anvil of the Heart, a science fiction novel that made the Locus recommended reading list for 1984. He also created a 24 cassette series on the Feldenkrais Method that is used all around the globe.
His first CD, Life’s An Intelligence Test, resonates with a lifetime of musical influences. It has been adopted for airplay by over 200 radio stations. (Radio Teutoburger Wald in Germany called it “a masterpiece of acoustic music.”) Half the songs from the CD have been honored in some way including a 2nd Place and 3rd Place in the 2006 Great Lakes Songwriting Competition. In 2007 he was selected as one of five Finalists in the Texas Songwriters’ Serenade. In 2008 he won the annual Talent Show at the Coffee House in Milwaukee.

More by Bruce Holmes:

Fields of Wheat
I Do
Life's An Intelligence Test
One Love to Last
So Beautiful
The Old King's Reel
The Water is Wide
We Were A Family
You Just Might Lose

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