Bruce Dunlap began playing guitar at the age of three. At thirteen he entered the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan where he studied jazz music theory and composition, and taught jazz guitar for four years. Upon graduating, Bruce moved to Detroit and over the next three years played in the Detroit area and toured Europe several times in solo and group contexts. At age twenty, Bruce moved to New York City and began to tour and record with such diverse musicians as Bob James, Mel Lewis, Airto, Earl Klugh, Harvey Mason, Bob Brookmeyer and the American Symphony Orchestra.
At this time, Bruce was active as a composer, writing music for ABC Television (All My Children, One Life To Live, Ryan's Hope etc.) and for several dance companies in New York. He performed in a variety of situations ranging from Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, to the Village Vanguard and Seventh Avenue South. In 1983 he was a featured soloist with the American Symphony Orchestra in Los Angeles.
In 1984 Bruce moved to Santa Fe but continues to be involved with the New York scene.
In 1991 Bruce signed with Chesky Records and recorded the audiophile release About Home. Full of orchestral harmonies and jazz virtuosity, this album is a very unique take on the acoustic guitar.