FIFE-based singer-songwriter Bruce Davies will appear in concert at St Mary’s Church, Springfield Terrace, Arbroath, at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday, May 25.
Performing with acoustic six and 12-string guitars, a rich baritone voice and an accessible style, he is one of Scotland’s most accomplished artists. He performs the songs of his heroes and friends, some of his own award-winning compositions and the best of Scotland’s song repertoire and in a programme that goes well beyond what is normally regarded as folk music.
Describing his church concerts, Bruce said: “I am a Christian and see my work, not as ‘evangelism’, but as ‘edifying entertainment’. It’s my aim that people of all faiths or no faith at all should feel comfortable at my shows and that everyone will be entertained, stimulated and encouraged by the songs and feeling of each performance.”
After seven years as part of Beggars Mantle, Bruce has spent over 20 years establishing himself among the top solo performers in Scotland. He regards his appearances at the United Nations, New York and The Bluebird Café, Nashville, as very special memories and also affectionately remembers performing in Scotland’s great venues, including The Ayr Gaiety, Glasgow’s Pavilion Theatre, The Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Perth Concert Hall, Rothes Halls, Glenrothes; Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy; and many others.
He has shared the stage with many legendary stars of the past, including Kenneth McKellar, Andy Stewart and Jimmy Shand as well as with The McCalmans, Clydesiders, Moira Kerr, Harvey Andrews and many others.
In a recent list of ‘The 100 Greatest Cultural Fifers ... Ever!’, Bruce featured alongside Ian Rankin, Dougray Scott, Val McDermid, Jack Vettriano and other Fife luminaries. He has received many plaudits but his most treasured are, after a tough gig at the Co-operative Hall, Shotts – “Heh pal, ye dun the bizniss”! and, from Kenny Rogers, at Gleneagles, “You do great work”.
Radio and television credits in the UK and abroad, include BBC Songs of Praise, where he sang and spoke of his faith with Isla St Clair.
Bruce has appeared in Arbroath a number of times before and audiences have greatly enjoyed his mixture of traditional Scottish folk music interspersed with some of his own contemporary material, as well as the opportunity to join in with some well-kent choruses.
In the last two years, Bruce has released two compilation albums. ‘…till a’ the seas gang dry…’ highlights his best recordings of Scottish songs, while ‘Hand Picked’, showcases popular singer-songwriter classics with a selection of his own compositions. He has four other CDs currently available on the Rothes Recordings label.
More information about the concert may be had by calling 01241 873392. Tickets cost £6, concessions £5.