I put the energy of me into my music. It is the combination of all I've studied and learned from life. English ballad forms, Coltrane and Davis solos, the essence of loving your child, tears and humor. It's all there
Currently I play in Lost Nation String Band, as I have for 25 years, the Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua, am the Artistic Director of Forgotten Wisdom using music to teach history, organizational skills and science in schools, lead the Bruce Burnside Quartet (guitar, cello, bodhran) which has enough diversity to become a mandolin quartet, banjo orchestra, Irish band and vehicle for all the types of original songs and tunes I write, and, at Tortoise Humor Recordings, I'm the Head Tortoise.
My music falls into: Americana, traditional, singer songwriter, instrumentals, bluegrassy folk, folk for kids, folk bands. Similar artists include: Sam Bush, Pete Seeger, circa. 1900 banjoists Fred Bacon, George Lansing.
Currently, I am one of a very few classic banjo players performing American compositions of the 19th century. Holding degrees in English and Education, I am also the Artistic Director of the non-profit organization Forgotten Wisdom, which specializes in school residencies teaching history, science, and organizational skills through music.