A Nova Scotian musician is bringing the music of the 60’s and 70’s back to Truro with a performance at the Marigold later this week.
Hal Bruce will be stopping into the Marigold Cultural Centre this Friday for a performance of popular music from the 60’s and onwards, taking the audience on a musical trip through time.
“Were calling it ‘Songs that inspired a generation’,” said Bruce on the upcoming performance.
“I thought I would plan my show with a different angle this time. it will be a collection of the last 60 years of popular music, country music and even a little bit of folk. Its music that was popular back in the day, and music that inspired me to start performing.”
Aside from music, the show will also feature personal stories from Bruce’s life, including where he was and what he was doing when particular songs were released.
“Its going to be a bit of a personal journey,” he said.
“I’m going to start somewhere near the late 50’s, early 60s, and share stories as I perform. I’m going to incorporate a few of my originals from my new album in the show, which was heavily inspired by the music of the time.”
Performing since the age of seven, Bruce has led quite the musical career, from travelling to Australia to play in front of 100,000 people at the Cooly Rocks festival to being the only artist in the world to be inducted into two separate Beatles Hall of Fames.
Since 2002, Bruce has performed as a solo act, taking the stage with nothing but himself and his guitar, but even though he is performing alone, his style of playing has created a unique, one-man-band live performance.
“I developed a certain style of playing where I don’t use any backing tracks while performing,” said Bruce.
“It was a hard thing to get confident with, but i created a play style that allows me to play rhythm sections with a bit of lead at the same time, playing both parts at once. My playing to begin with is very percussive, so people often tell me it sounds really full for just one person.”
This style of playing allows for a much more intimate show than possible with a full band, and playing solo gives Bruce the chance to incorporate other elements into his show such as storytelling or multimedia presentations.
After Bruce’s show in Truro, he will be taking off to perform on a handful of music cruises and will perform with acts such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers and The Marshall Tucker Band.
Although he hasn’t played in Truro since opening up for The Beach Boys at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre last year, Bruce has plenty of memories of performing in the town, and looks forward to returning once again.
“I used to play in a band and we would always play in Truro at the Mill and the Ponderosa years ago,” he said.
“I love the people there, its like family now. Everywhere I play the people are great, but i’ve been playing in Truro since 1984 and the people there are always amazing. I get a lot of the same faces coming back each time, but also a lot of new faces too.”
If You Go
Hal Bruce - ‘Songs that Inspired a Generation’
Marigold Cultural Centre
Friday, Jan. 12 - 7:30 p.m.