Bradford (Brad) Bruce was born and raised in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia one of a family of four. Influenced by Hank Snow and listening to WWVA Wheeling West Virginia on the battery radio, Brad began a lifelong love and appreciation of country music.
Through experiences performing with bands of many genres Brad developed his distinctive mellow vocal tones. The early seventies found Brad back with his first love, country music, as a member of the popular country group - Big Buffalo known as the Maritimes best country act. This awarded group had many # 1 records, toured internationally, appeared on major TV shows, broadcast as far away as Africa. Through recording and developing his talents as a songwriter, touring extensively across Canada and the United States, Brad met, worked and appeared with great country artists including his idol - Hank Snow, George Jones, Justin Tubb, and George Hamilton IV. These events led to his appearance on Country Time TV Show, Ryans Fancy TV Show, Tommy Hunter Show, George Hamilton IV Show, WSM Grand Ole Opry, Country Eddieís Birmingham, Alabama show as well as the Oklahoma Opry. In concert Brad entertained through imaginary visits with stars of the Grand Ole Opry, from Ernest Tubb to Ray Charles, which was always a hit with the audience.
Brad is a founding member of the CCMA (Canadian Country Music Association) and a member of the Music Industry Association of Nova Scotia and the British Country Music Association.
Bradís love of country music continues and he performs throughout the province. Following years of touring across Canada and the USA, Brad now resides in Halifax with his family and is a distinguished and well-known member of the local music community.
Ross Broughm was born in Lockeport, N.S. in 1933. He developed a love of music at an early age largely through the influence and encouragement of his mother, an accomplished pianist, father and five siblings (Harley, Arthur, Evangeline, Bobby and Richard). At age 9, Ross began playing guitar and played locally at every opportunity from concerts to garden parties.
Ross became the most versatile guitarist in Eastern Canada providing solid rhythm and solo guitar playing for bands of all genres. This led to his appearance on radio stations across Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario.
In 1976 Ross was awarded the Canadian Guitarist of the Year award in Montreal, Quebec. Due to his exceptional mastery of finger style guitar, Ross was extremely popular with showmen from down South and was sought after by many American groups on tour. Ross made his television debut on the ever-popular Don Messer Show on CBC. He then joined CJCH-TV in Halifax and also appeared weekly with the Countrymen, a background group for TV and road concerts. Ross was a staff musician for CHAU-TV in Carleton, Quebec and later moved to Antigonish, Nova Scotia where he worked as a musician and cameraman for the local cable station and met Rosena who became his wife.
Ross regularly wrote arrangements and material for many local and national shows. As a result, mail was received from across Canada praising his talents.
In his retirement, Ross used his musical talent to entertain and uplift those in retirement homes, did fundraising for worthy causes and brought enjoyment to those around him. He passed along his love for music to his four children; Sharon, Merle, Barbara and Kevin. Ross passed away in 2009 and is missed very much by his family and the musical community.
The Spinney Brothers
The Spinney Brothers consisting of four talented musicians whose energetic and distinctive sound intertwines the past with the present. The cornerstone of their music is the sound of traditional, southern-flavoured bluegrass music.
Brotherís Allan Spinney (born August 5, 1965) and Rick Spinney (born August 5, 1966) began their musical career in 1991. They have one of the most recognizable duets in all of North America equally shaped by their personal lives and local heritage. During the 1990ís they gained a reputation of producing the highest level of traditional bluegrass recordings. Radio and television appearances increased their exposure, as did their hectic touring schedule.
As well as producing the unique vocal renditions, Allan plays the guitar and Rick the banjo. The addition of long time band members Gary Dalrymple on mandolin & fiddle and Terry Mumford on bass & Banjo rounded out this quartet who became the most awarded act in the history of the Eastern Canadian Bluegrass Music Awards. National and international success followed when The Spinney Brothers performed in every province in Canada as well as entertaining extensively coast to coast in the United States.
Professionalism and the desire to entertain at the highest level are why The Spinney Brothers are synonymous with excellence in Nova Scotia country and bluegrass music. The Nova Scotia Legislature proclaimed The Spinney Brothers as Ambassadors of Nova Scotia.
The Spinney Brothers; Allan, Rick, Gary and Terry, reside in Nova Scotia with their families who have encouraged and supported them throughout their careers.