Folk mae­stro Ian re­turns to Ruther­glen

Mu­si­cian­ship runs in the fam­ily

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

A Ruther­glen folk singer is set to re­turn to the area to play a gig this Fri­day.

Ian Bruce grew up in the area and at­tended Ruther­glen Academy.

He is also a lead­ing light in the Scot­tish folk scene, and will now per­form in the lat­est in­stal­ment of the Acous­tic Nights at the Meet­ing Place se­ries of shows at Stonelaw Church on Fri­day, Jan­uary 27.

Ian’s dad was Pipe Ma­jor John Bruce of the Lon­don Scot­tish Reg­i­ment who provided an early mu­si­cal in­spi­ra­tion, as did his older brother, Fraser, with whom he formed a suc­cess­ful duo early in his ca­reer.

For sev­eral decades Ian has per­formed and mixed with tra­di­tional singers right across ev­ery ma­jor folk fes­ti­val, folk club and venue in Scot­land, Eng­land and Wales.

Re­cently he took part, along with the likes of Tony Cuffe, Rod Pater­son and Billy Ross, in giv­ing new im­pe­tus to the 12 vol­ume Linn Records se­ries The Com­plete Songs of Robert Burns.

Linn Records then recognised Iain’s out­stand­ing achieve­ment with two solo CDs of his own - Al­loway Tales, based di­rectly upon his con­tri­bu­tions to the pro­ject and Jigs, Jives and Ja­co­bites fea­tur­ing Ian’s own com­po­si­tions.

On stage Ian brings a huge pres­ence which in­vari­ably has his au­di­ences singing, laugh­ing and cry­ing.

His peren­nial re­turn book­ings to fes­ti­vals in Tow­ersey, War­wick, Brom­yard, Cleck­heat o n , Bed­worth and far­ther afield are a tes­ti­mony to his fol­low­ing amongst afi­ciona­dos of Burns, fans of con­tem­po­rary folk songs and even pop songs of the present day.

Sup­port on Fri­day will come from the Mairs Fam­ily Band.

En­try is a £ 5 dona­tion and chil­dren go free.

Fil­ter cof­fee tea and home made cakes are in­cluded.

The show starts at 7.30pm.

Ian has au­di­ences singing, laugh­ing and cry­ing

True per­former Ian Bruce is a lead­ing light on the folk scene

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