Bruce Thomas - Guitar - RIP (Obituary)
Bruce was born on 13th December 1946 and brought up in a small village near Tiverton in Devon.
He started playing guitar in 1962, became lead guitarist in a schoolboy rock band and, with the exception of two sad years when the guitar went to the pawn shop, he’s been playing ever since.
In 1988 Bruce and a friend resurrected the folk club at the Welcome Inn, Halberton which they ran together for about four years hosting a number of top performers including the Albion Band, Show of Hands and Martin Carthy. During this period Bruce performed regularly at folk clubs in the region, singing and playing guitar and tenor banjo.
In the 1990’s Bruce took lessons in classical guitar and began performing as accompanist and soloist with the mid-devon choral group, Oriana. In recent years he has continued performances of this type with the choral group Conspirito.
The 1990’s was also when Bruce met Sue and Greta and discovered a shared interest in folk and classical music which led to the formation of the band which eventually metamorphosed into Stick The Fiddle.
With Stick, Bruce is basically the rhythm guitarist. His personal style of accompaniment enriched by the classical, flamenco and blues guitar techniques at his finger tips is an essential ingredient of the Stick sound.
Between gigs Bruce works as a freelance civil engineer, quantity surveyor or computer programmer. He lives in Tiverton.