Bruce Holmes
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Bruce Holmes

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"Quotes from Folk DJs"

A masterpiece of acoustic music!
Radio Teutoburger Wald, Germany

Bruce has delivered a beautiful CD with great songs and beautiful music. He plays several instruments and has a wonderful voice.
Freddy Celis, Rootstime

Thanks for a great disc, Bruce.
George Maida, WCVE, Virginia

14 great tracks with some excellent folk songs.
Jame Pearson, BBC Radio Shetland, Scotland

A fine album, Bruce. Congratulations.
Bruce Cameron, Radio 2MCE-FM, Australia

A beautiful CD. Great songs, fine singing and playing.
Theo Oldenburg, Radio WinsChoten, Netherlands

Bruce Holmes writes and sings from the heart.
Lilli Kuzma, WDCB, Illinois

Great music and beautiful songs...You’re damn good.
Raymond Swennen, Radio FM GOUD, Belgium

Great stuff. Like it a lot!!!!!
Martin van der Laan, Radio Compagnie

A very cool CD.
Kevin Elliott, WEFT

Deep feeling and always inspiring performances. I enjoyed it from start to finish, and I found great music in it, always accompanied by intelligent lyrics.
Remo Ricaldone, Susa Onda Radio, Italy

- Folk Radio


The Old King's Reel (2008), 14 songs. Charting at #34 on the Folk DJ Chart
Life's An Intelligence Test (2006), 14 songs, one by Bob Dylan, the rest by Holmes. Picked up by over 200 radio stations.



The Bruce Holmes trio believes in sing-alongs, funny stories, and creating community. We sings about the thrill of lust, the depth of love and how silly life can get.
Bruce’s influences are many. He loves Celtic music, so in addition to guitar, he plays the concertina and bouzouki. He sings Sacred Harp, and you’ll hear some unusual harmonies in his music. He’s studied flat-picking with the bluegrass folks. And he grew up on rock & roll so you’ll hear a touch of the Byrds or Jethro Tull in his music. But he’s also got stories to tell, so he wants the vocals high in the mix. At heart he’s a folk singer who 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. His second CD, The Old King's Reel, is on the folk charts at #34. You can hear the music at