TIM BRUCE

Bass guitar and backing vocals

Having started playing the bass guitar aged 14, Tim served his musical apprenticeship in the Working Men's Clubs of Northern England from the age of 17.

He then joined the York Light Opera Society as a baritone and spent the next 7 years appearing in musicals at York Theatre Royal and playing bass for their concerts in Ireland and The Netherlands, meaning he had to learn to read "the dots"!

Returning to live music, he joined largely original music band "The Desperate Men", which led to him being asked to join the Bogus Brothers at age 26. Tours of Ireland and Europe followed, culminating in appearing in front of 80,000 people at a festival in Lisbon, Portugal. The band appeared on TV and radio many times in the UK and Ireland (Calendar, Kelly Live & Nighthawks), also sharing the stage with (among others) Manic Street Preachers, Jools Holland, The Three Degrees and Katrina and the Waves.

Tim then joined 'The Big Kick' (containing ex-members of The Desperate Men) and toured France, Germany and The Netherlands.

A call to join The Goosehorns came next, where Tim stayed for 13 years, regularly touring Ireland, the Netherlands and France, as well as many festivals and TV appearances in the UK alongside The Drifters, Van Morrison, Desmond Decker, The Power Station, Lindisfarne, The Pogues, Bad Manners, Midge Ure, The Blues Band and many others. In the midst of all this, he played on Gina Dootson's "I'm Ready" album, including a live appearance on Yorkshire TV's "Songs and Stories" programme and was the Producer/Director for a popular local pantomime for 16 years!

After leaving The Goosehorns in 2006, Tim has been working as a dep/session bass player for many bands and has played on a track for a Malaysian artist, which made the charts there. He also played bass on Goosehorns member Simon Waggot's (ex Sad Café) recent album and has been carrying out bottom-end duties for singer-songwriter Miles Salter, helping to produce his forthcoming album, which has already yielded 4 singles.

Tim is delighted to have been asked to rejoin The Goosehorns once more, which allows him to play his beloved disco music (yes, honestly)!

His influences are Paul McCartney, Graham Gouldman, Rod Clements, Bernard Edwards, Bob Feit, Nate Watts, Guy Pratt and Jerry Barnes.

Tim uses Fender, Musicman, Rickenbacker, Marcus Miller, G&L and Lakland Basses, and TC Electronic Amplifiers