Bobby Bruce – Nearly Neil – Lead Vocals & Acoustic Guitar
Bobby Bruce grew up on stage; appearing in film and television as a child, then musical theatre and rock revues in his youth; investing more than a quarter of a century honing his triple-threat entertainment skills. In 1994, a “legend” was born in Toronto when Bobby Bruce’s incomparable talent for impersonating Neil Diamond came to life on stage.
Bobby began his tribute career with some of the biggest names in the business and has never looked back; jump-starting his international work with casinos in Nevada, Missouri and Atlantic City in 1995 with Legends in Concert, graduating to his first tour of Australia in Legends of Rock in 1996.
Following a Royal Performance for the King and Queen of Malaysia; in 1998, Bobby changed the nature of his show from impersonation to tribute and created Nearly Neil and the Solitary Band now a regular fixture at elite casinos and theatres across North America, Australia and Europe.
Featured in MOCKSTARS, a million-dollar feature length documentary about Canadian tribute artists in 2002, Bobby’s star continued to climb. The following year saw his first national tour of New Zealand with Nearly Neil and the Solitary Band. In 2006, Bobby was very pleased to receive the “Entertainer of the Year Award” from the Pacific National Exhibition.
Partnering with DownUnder Promotions in 2008, Bobby returned to the country that gave him his moniker. Bobby and the Solitary Band travelled 50,000 kilometres touring 22 American States for Live on Stage in 2009/10.
The Solitary Band toured Holland for the first time in 2011. The tour grew to more than thirty theatres in the Netherlands and Belgium in 2012 & 13. For the same two years Bobby was recognized with ACE (Australian Club Entertainment) Award Nominations in the “International Touring Artist” category.
2014 proved to be a big year "Down Under" for Bobby with 4 months of countrywide touring across Australia with his newly expanded Beautiful Noise Tour adding a string section to the full rock band.
That tour was so successful that it returned to Australia in September 2015 for another two months. After a brief respite at home on Gambier Island, BC, Bobby returned to the Southern Hemisphere to headline his own one-night concert at SKYCITY Auckland at the beginning of December. Nearly Neil and the Solitary Band rang in 2016 at Casino Regina to a sold out house.
Bobby Bruce was pleased to make his debut appearance at the 22nd Annual Reel Tribute Convention in Las Vegas in February 2016. He will be ringing in 2017 in Australia.
Dave Corman – Bandleader, Lead Guitar & Backing Vocals
Dave has been fortunate to be able to play lots of different roles in the music industry: guitarist, keyboardist, film/TV composer, songwriter, producer, and engineer. He’s recorded performed and toured with bands as diverse as Nearly Neil and the Solitary Band, Uzume Taiko, The Higgins, Boulevard, Jessie Farrell and many others. Dave’s music has been heard in many internationally broadcast TV shows including My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, So You Think You Can Dance, Millionaire Matchmaker and more. Dave is honoured to be the bandleader and guitarist for Nearly Neil and the Solitary Band!
Kyle Radomsky –Drums
Born into a musical family, Kyle has been making music since the age of 5. Piano was 1st, though he always wanted to play the drums, always inspired by his older brother Kevin. After switching to drums at the age of 15, there's been no looking back. Thousands of shows, 15 countries and counting, Jazz to country to rock n' roll. Records, jingles, TV shows, if they need drums, he can do it! Highlights include touring Canada with Farmer's daughter at the ripe old age of 17, playing for the NATO troops on a Canadian forces tour of Bosnia with the Shagadelic Swingers, and most recently, playing all over the world with Bobby Bruce!
Craig Zurba – Keyboards, Rhythm Guitar & Backing Vocals
Craig Zurba is a Producer, Songwriter, Recording Engineer, Singer, Keyboardist, Film Composer, Educator, Arranger, Guitarist, Programmer, Mixer, Video Director, and Sound Designer. He has worked with Bryan Adams, Michael Jackson, Tom Jones, David Foster, John Mayer, Rita McNeil, and Sarah McLaughlin. His band AGENT was the first Canadian act signed to Virgin Records. His film music includes Cold Front, Deluxe Combo Platter, Ill Fated, The Falling, and the TV shows Beautiful People, Dawson's Creek, Joan of Arcadia, Strong Medicine, Youth Achievement Awards, West Coast Music Awards, Sea Hunt and The Surreal Gourmet". Craig owns M R & D Recording Studios.
Marlow Holder – Bass & Backing Vocals
Marlow is a homegrown Vancouverite who enjoys expressing his musicality through a variety of instruments. He was briefly signed to David Foster's recording label as a founding member of Mollies Revenge, and has shared the stage with a wide variety of artists, including Feist, Kinnie Starr, Dirty Radio, and Mike Reno of Loverboy. He continues to deepen his relationship to the rhythm of music, clarifying his role as a bass player, and redefining his outlook on life. Marlow feels he is part of a great family of musicians and that Neil Diamond's music has served as a cornerstone from which his life as an artist, husband, and friend has flourished.
Sandra Lee - Backing Vocals
Sandra began performing with her Father’s band at 12; fronting her own band by 16. Fresh out of high school, Sandra toured Western Canada for three years – concluding in Vancouver, where she quickly became part of its dynamic music scene. Sandra’s musical journeys have taken her to Hong Kong, Mainland China, Thailand and Eastern Europe. Her first CD titled, “Here I Am” (2002) was distributed by EMI Poland. In 2003, Sandra joined up with world-renowned Bobby Bruce (Nearly Neil), performing for the peacekeepers in Bosnia and touring throughout New Zealand. Releasing her second CD in 2005, Sandra continues to write and perform her own music today.