A Lass with Brass, Sass, Class and Crass!
As a fan described Julie the Bruce: "The power of your voice, along with the emotion it puts out, is amazing.
I've heard other punk/neo cabaret style performers who do the fringe arts circuit globally... Yours is this robust wail of old world accordion darkness that is something else altogether."
The subject matter of The Bruce's songs vary from world-destroying events to walking down a country road. Fortune tellers, getting drunk on whiskey and getting lured by sirens all happen in the same musical carnival. You might also hear a few surprisingly different covers on accordion or banjo guitar in one of her sets. You can also see her in an underwriting spot by Kline Music on KVIE Channel 6. Julie the Bruce has been writing songs and singing since she was 12. She used to sing and dance in high school musicals and studied improvisational acting for 3 years. In college she sang in the Donald Kendrick womens choir, but soon used her student grants to buy a bass amp and bass after seeing local punk bands at basement shows and The Loft.She learned a Ramones song and she soon joined the Phlegmings, which was of course, termed "riot grrl". She joined The Secretions and wrote "Freaks Like Us", "4 Speed Automatic Jesus", and "I-5". Since then she sang gospel, has performed with The Grotto, Ranting Manor with Frank French; or most recently she can be found playing accordion & banjo guitar and hosting occasional Squeezebox Shindigs at Luna's Cafe with a goal of creating an squeezebox "scene" in Sacto! She played every third Sunday for children's entertainment at the Java Lounge for a year. She hosted a radio show on KDVS 90.3 FM called "Slogan's Run". Julie the Bruce has made flyers for many local musicians and all of her own promotional material. She's writing a book about a teenaged vampire girl and her sister, a half-rotted black cat. The Bruce has been playing accordion VERY seriously for the last SIX years and has a blog at http://thisaccordionlife.blogspot.com/ She also posts video that may be of interest (also of her own live recordings) at http://www.youtube.com/juliethebruce.
She will soon play a show at Luigi's Slice, a popular venue in Sacramento, as a featured performer at a show to bring awareness to the plight of violence against women. Many female artists will be featured as well as guest speakers, on May 18th, 2013.
Julie may soon be playing bass again in a popular female fronted punk band and is very excited about this! She spent a morning setting up her bass to sound and play awesome recently!
She was recently featured in a fashion blog for April 24, 2013 at http://www.thecitizenrosebud.com/ . And that's the price you pay for being a dumpster diving gypsy punk!