Dan Holmes first picked up a guitar at age 10. Even though his dad was a minister, he wasn’t very interested in religious music. Instead, he learned by listening to performers such as James Taylor, Paul Simon and Jim Croce. While at Millikin University he was able to solo at many of the same clubs as Dan Fogelberg, but it wasn’t until he attended Chicago Theological Seminary that he learned that he had a gift for writing and performing Christian music.
After moving to the East Coast, he had some success, including opening for Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger. However, when his dad was diagnosed with cancer, he moved back to Illinois and pursued a career in education. For many years he was part of the duo Bruce and Dan, and has released recordings as part of that group as well as his own CDs, including "A Brand New Day," inspired by a 2014 tour in England. Performances also have included the Illinois State Fair and writing music for the Appalachia Service Project.
Now that he is retired from teaching, Holmes is once again devoting himself to music full-time. Come and hear him at Sycamore United Methodist at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 18. There will be a free-will offering.
The church is located at 160 Johnson Ave. in Sycamore. For questions, call the church office at 815-895-9113 or visit www.sycamoreumc.org.