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Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Awards

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Bruce Bauman and Peggy Gunter Mohr
2015 master artist and apprentice
Remus (Mecosta County) and Harrison (Clare County)
Old time fiddle

Bruce Bauman is a lower Michigan native who settled in Remus, Michigan, after college in 1972. Bruce helped found the Wheatland Music Organization in 1974 with, among others, fellow MTAAP awardees Red and Marcia LeClear. The Wheatland Music Festival, produced by their organization, will celebrate its forty-second anniversary in 2015.  Bruce picked up fiddle playing in 1974 and, although through his work with the festival he has come in contact with traditional music from around the globe, he prefers to play music of Appalachia, the British Isles, and the Midwest. Aside from teaching and organizing, Bruce can be found performing and playing for dances with multiple bands, including The Rhythm Billies and The Palooka Brothers.  His nearly forty years of experience have left him with a vast repertoire and an ability to teach and perform with ease.

In June 2014, Bruce met apprentice Peggy Mohr at the Earful of Fiddle Music and Dance Camp in Mecosta, Michigan, a camp he and two others started in 2009. Peggy began taking lessons the following August, driving 100 miles round trip to study weekly. She is dedicated to learning the tradition and improving her knowledge and skill.

-Micah Ling

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