BRUCE BISSET AND THE RURAL VOTERS
Time & Location
About The Event
“I like songs that tell good stories, that are lyrically diverse and often challenging to sing,” Bisset said.
“So a lot of what we do I’d call listening music, but we have a good number of tracks folk can boogie-
down to, too.”
Bisset said the band proved there was more to CHB than agriculture; its members hail variously from
Otane, Waipukurau, and “back in the hills west of Ongaonga”.
“This gig we’re adding the sumptuous slide of Napierite Lennie Lawton to the mix to better connect
town and country. After all, we don’t want the Rural Voters having too much sway,” Bisset added
with a grin.
Bisset spent most of the 1980’s on the road as a professional performance poet and blues singer,
gigging with most of the popular artists of the day including Midge Marsden and Rodger Fox and
touring extensively with respected singer-songwriter Ralph Bennett.
“Ralph’s death three years back actually got me performing again,” he explained. “I realised I wasn’t
getting any younger, worse luck, and had a whole new audience to entertain; so, here we are.”