Fraser Bruce is a man of many parts. In the early part of his life Fraser was a leading light of Scotland’s thriving folk music scene. A former pupil of Rutherglen Academy, he profited from the enduring influence of Norman Buchan which introduced so many pupils of that school to Scots folk songs.
Moreover, the prominence of Folk Music in the home during his adolescence ensured he, and his brother Ian, would retain an interest in the music. In the 1970s and early 1980s he was appearing regularly throughout the country and abroad at clubs and festivals – and behind the scenes he was an important organiser, working with many of the top names in Scottish folk music.
Although never totally hanging up his guitar, Fraser then concentrated on a successful business career and created The Fraser Bruce group of companies. In the last couple of years Fraser has been able to step back from his business Fraser’s business, leaving the Fraser Bruce Group in the capable hands of his two eldest sons,
and has returned enthusiastically to his first love – music, on stage in front of an audience.
Throughout the eighties, the Rutherglen siblings dominated the folk circuit, headlining at sellout concerts, festivals and clubs across the globe. But the brothers went their separate ways in 1986 when Ian turned fully professional and Fraser established his own specialist civil engineering contractors business. Mrs Bruce’s Boys bowed out on the ultimate high.
Ian’s outstanding song writing skills, coupled with his incredible vocal talent, opened the door to a huge solo career. With over 20 albums to his name plus support appearances on many other artists’ recordings, Ian is a firm favourite with home and international audiences.
Initially Fraser opted to sing solo but within months brother Ian was back at his side providing guitar support and vocal harmonies. And the natural progression sees the resurrection of Mrs Bruce’s Boys much to the delight of those who remember their 1980s heyday and the growing support from a new and younger following. This welcome rebirth is backed by their new album featuring the very best of their popular original songbook – aimed at audiences who delight in powerful vocals, strong melodies and harmonies and the joy of big choruses for those who like to throw their heads back and join in.