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Tin Hut Live


Wed 3 Oct 2018, 7:30pm–10:30pm

Where: The Tin Hut, 2/4 Moroa Rd, Tauherenikau, Featherston, Wairarapa

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • At the door: $7.50
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Rob Maunsell

Our monthly musical get together on the first Wednesday of the month in October has Bruce Bisset and The Rural Voters from Central Hawke's Bay as the guest band.

Bruce sings Tom Waits style poetic blues songs backed by his experienced and highly versatile band of Peter Charlton - Jones on electric piano and guitar, Lennie Lawton on guitar, Julian Hansonn on drums and Tony Spiers on bass.

"Mixing the blues with a poetic bent".

Hastings poet and blues singer Bruce Bisset and his band, the Rural Voters, offer a chance to “warm
up and chill out” at the Tin Hut Hotel on Wednesday 3 October.

Since taking to the stage again a year ago after a 30-year break, Bisset and the boys have performed about once a month around the wider Hawke’s Bay district; enough, he says, to “start sounding like we mean it”.

Their repertoire ranges from trad blues to alt-R&B to country-rock, with a number of originals and a
set full of poetry-to-music fusion, covering everyone from Louis Armstrong to Tom Waits, Fats
Domino to Little Feat.

“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.”

They will be supported by Kit and Karboodle (Dave Mills and Vic Singe), Rachel and Jack playing their farewell gig for a while as they'll be heading back to Baton Rouge, Stateside a few days later and Grafia with a selection of their older and new originals.

The Tin Hut will be buzzing that night with good food, good beer, wine and coffee good service and great atmosphere. Do try to be a part of it...!